Chapman University’s annual Evening of Holocaust Remembrance draws some 900 people from throughout the community, to an occasion of remembrance and reflection. Among the speakers at the ceremony have been Professor Judea Pearl, eminent computer scientist, and father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, and Maestro James Conlon, music director of the Los Angeles Opera.
Participating in the event again this year, are talented Cantor Chayim Frenkel of Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation of Pacific Palisades, and accompanist David Kamenir. In addition, there will be musical tributes, by Daniel Alfred Wachs, Director of Orchestral Activities for the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, College of Performing Arts at Chapman University, and Orange County’s own David Lisker, protégé of the great Itzhak Perlman.
David Lisker was born in Russia but grew up in Orange County, where he showed exceptional talent at a young age. In his teens, David performed in the Chapman Youth Orchestra and, in 2000, won the Chapman University concerto competition. From the age of 14 and for 6 summers, he was a member of The Perlman Music Program Orchestra under full scholarship. In fact, the Orange County Jewish community held a concert and raised the funds for expenses that allowed David to attend the first year.
An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance will also include Images of Memory: The Vilna of David Labkovski with guest speaker Leora Raikin, who is herself an artist and grand-niece of David Labkovski. Raikin is the founder of the David Labkovksi Project (DLP). The Project’s mission is to educate through the art of Holocaust/Siberia survivor, David Labkovski, who powerfully depicted the destruction of his native Vilna.
The Lighting of Candles of Remembrance is at the center of the event–Holocaust survivors and witnesses are joined by educators and students in the lighting. This is truly an unforgettable evening filled with art, words, music, remembrance and reflection. Admission is free. For information, contact the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (714) 532-7760 or www.chapman.edu/holocausteducation.
Tanya Schwied graduated from New York University, studied abroad in Israel, and currently works for the CEO and President of Jewish Federation & Family Services.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Chapman University- The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education
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The Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library