Community invited to Kristallnacht program

Congregation Anshe Emeth and Jewish Community Center, 88 Main St., South River, will commemorate the 66th anniversary of Kristallnacht (the night of broken glass) with a program set for 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 at the temple.

Guest speaker Ilse Loeb, who as a child was hidden in Holland during World War II, will share the story of how she survived the Holocaust.

Ruth Gottlieb, also a Holocaust survivor, will introduce the program.

Kristallnacht, which took place Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, is considered by many historians to have been the beginning of what evolved into “the final solution,” the Holocaust. During the night and early morning hours, synagogues, homes and shops all over Germany were vandalized or destroyed. Thousands of Jews were assaulted, arrested and sent to “camps.” Kristallnacht was the first scripted mass violence against the Jews of Germany before the early labor camps became death camps.

The temple’s Hebrew school students will participate in the program. A flame-lighting ceremony will conclude the event.

Refreshments will be served following the program. The community is invited.

For more information, call Ruth at (732) 545-8991 or Lisa at the synagogue office, (732) 257-4190.