Temple Beth Torah's Shabbat evening service on Friday, April 29, at 7:15 p.m. will pay tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust and honor the survivors with a Holocaust Memorial Service . Rabbi Dan Gordon will lead a special service accompanied by cantorial soloist Anita Bonanno and pianist Dr. Jane Perkyns. Temple Beth Torah's own Jeanne Mandell and Shawna Kullman will be offering additional musical selections.
We're honored to welcome guest speaker Naomi Warren, who survived three different concentration camps before being liberated by British troops and eventually immigrating to the United States. Mrs. Warren grew up in Wolkowysk, Poland, and was preparing to begin University studies in England when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939.
She was able to brieflyattend college in Poland, where she met her husband, Alexander Rosenbaum. Butin 1941, Naomi and Alexander were rounded up with thousands of other Jews andshoved into a crowded cattle car to be transported to Auschwitz. The two wereseparated at the camp and Alexander, sadly, did not survive. But Naomi'sdetermination and will to live helped her survive the hard work at the camps,and she was able to avoid the fate of so many others who went to their deathsin the gas chambers. After being liberated in 1945, she was able to make herway to Houston. She married Martin Warren in 1949, and the two established afamily business, working together until Martin's death in 1960.
Naomi has spoken about her experiences in the Holocaust manytimes, and her story was a main component of a choral symphony called Kaddishthat recently debuted in Houston before touring in Israel. She and her familyhave been very involved in leadership in the Jewish community. The Warrenfamily's dedication is a strong legacy for a determined survivor.
The April 29thservice is open to all and will combine Sabbath worship with remembering theHolocaust. The temple will providechildcare, and refreshments will be served following the service. This special evening is sponsored by Hy Pennand Lynn Gordon in loving memory of Linda Penn, Morris I. Penn and Riva Kremer.
Temple Beth Torahhosts Shabbat services every Friday night and sponsors a variety of educationaland social activities for all ages.
For more information, please call 281-446-5611 or visitwww.temple-beth-torah.org.