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Jewish Federation of Ulster County sponsors Holocaust remembrance

KINGSTON (March 21) - This year's Holocaust Remembrance (Yom HaShoah Community Memorial Service) will take place on Sunday evening, April 27th at 6:00pm at Congregation Ahavath Israel, 100 Lucas Avenue in Kingston.  As in the past, the event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ulster County (UCJF) and includes representatives from area congregations and religious schools.

The public is welcome to attend.

The Yom HaShoah remembrance is being organized this year by Cantor Devorah Gartner, spiritual leader at Ahavath Israel. The theme for the service is: "We are their dreams..." and will focus on the testimonials, history, poetry and music of the million and a half children whose lives were cut short during the Holocaust.  The event will feature an exhibit of children’s art, inspired by the poem "The Butterfly" by Pavel Friedman. Proceeds from art sales will be donated to the Lunch and Learn Program for Ethiopian children in Dimona, Israel.  There will also be a performance of music, which had been performed by children and adults at the infamous Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. 

The traditional candle lighting in memory of victims will be led by UCJF Board member Bruria Falik and following the service, light refreshments will be served.  To participate, and for further information, please contact Cantor Devorah Gartner,, (845) 901-5428.  


Rabbi Pesach Krauss

MIDDLETOWN (March 17) - We are sad to inform you of the death of our colleague, Rabbi Pesach Krauss, husband of Dr. Joan Krauss.

Rabbi Krauss was the spiritual leader of Temple Sinai in Middletown from 1967-1969.  It was while he was the rabbi in Middletown that the present Temple Sinai building was conceived and built, although he personally left Middletown 2 months before the building was dedicated.  He spent most of his career as a hospital chaplain, and his book Why Me? Coping with Grief, Loss and Change (which can be found in our library) is considered a classic of rabbinic consolation.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday March 18, at Eretz Hachayim cemetery (near Beit Shemesh, Israel) at 11 AM. A bus will leave from the Inbal Hotel, 3 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem at 9:45 AM. 

Shivah will be observed at the family home, Bar Nisan 2, Jerusalem 92109.

  • Morning minyan at 6:45 AM
  • Evening minyan at 5:35 PM 

The family can be contacted at and 972-2-563-2294.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Joan Krauss at the family home address. 

יהי זכרו ברוך
May his memory be for a blessing. 
If you would like, you may make a donation in his memory to the Rabbinical Assembly Assistance Fund.


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