Members of the local Jewish performing arts community will descend upon Beth El Congregation in Pikesville on Sunday for a program to remember one of the darkest periods in history: the Holocaust.
The special commemorative program is based on a performance of “Childhood Memories of the Holocaust: A Cantata,” written by Cantor Stephen Freedman and adapted, produced and directed by Toby Orenstein of Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Cantor Jan Morrison and Stephanie Gurwitz Zurier.
Morrison, who retired from Columbia Jewish Congregation this summer after nearly 25 years, said the hour-long show is a powerful reminder of the estimated 1.5 million children who were killed under Nazi reign. The last line in the show, she noted, sums up the message she hopes resonates with audience members and performers that “this can never happen again.”
“This is a very intense issue and affects our entire community,” Morrison said. “It’s important to remember what happened so this kind of tragedy never happens again. I would also advise anyone to bring tissues with them.”
The choral group is comprised of 20 professional performers and other community singers from Baltimore and Howard counties who span from young children to young adults. The program will also feature prayers and performances by cantors and Jewish musical teachers, including Doris Sugar of Beth Israel Congregation and Ira Singer of Bet Aviv Congregation.
“Childhood Memories of the Holocaust: A Cantana” is set for Sunday at Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville, at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Email Noah Mitchel of the Baltimore Jewish Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.