PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Adults and children gathered Sunday at Pleasantville Community Synagogue to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day.
The service was led, as it has been since the synagogue's inception, by PCS founding President Malcolm Netburn, Rabbi Mark Sameth said.
Peter Volgyes, who was born in pre-war Hungary, played the violin, performing an original composition he wrote based on the musical motif of Kol Nidre. Isaiah Schrader, son of Howard Schrader and Nancy Gutman, a young violinist, performed as well.
During the ceremony, Sameth said Netburn spoke about the continuation of Jewish life as it is playing out here "in this little synagogue on a small hill in Pleasantville, in the face of unspeakable tragedy."
Netburn then called up one child after another to read a poem or other selection from the service.
Sameth closed the afternoon by remembering an aunt whose first husband and children had been murdered in the Holocaust and who had herself been hidden by nuns in a Dutch convent. He then chanted El Male Rachamim, the traditional lament for the dead.
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