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Temple Oseh Shalom invites community to celebration, memorial

The congregation of Temple Oseh Shalom is inviting the community to attend a couple of events planned for April.

Yom Haatzmaut is the celebration of Israel Independence Day, and the Bluffton congregation will observe the holiday with a service from 2 to 4 p.m. April 14 at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church in Bluffton.

After the service there will be a buffet with traditional Jewish cuisine such as hummus, baba ganoush and falafel.

The temple will hold a service at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at Lowcountry Presbyterian in honor of Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day. The theme of the event is "Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs." The program will feature a candlelight procession, a speech by a Holocaust survivor, a dramatic presentation and music.

Temple president Jackie Katz said Yom HaShoah is a very serious service.

"Being Jewish, we try not to forget so we can be more aware if anything should ever happen again," Katz said. "So many people my age can remember the war, and people lost loved ones that were still in Europe and were sent to the concentration camps."

The congregation asks guests to donate gently used shoes, which will symbolize the piles of clothing shed by Holocaust victims prior to entering the crematorium. All shoes will be donated to Bluffton Self Help after the service.

"We welcome people from the greater community of all faiths," Katz said.

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