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City of Carmel to present annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

The City of Carmel presents the 2023 Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony to commemorate those who were killed and the loved ones who suffered through the Holocaust.


Friday, April 21 at noon. The ceremony will last approximately an hour and a half and will be followed by a light lunch.


The Tarkington Theater, Three Carter Green, Carmel, IN 46032.


Special guest speakers:

  • Mayor Jim Brainard, City of Carmel

  • Keynote Speaker, Julie Sondhelm, Clinical Director of Jewish Family Services

  • Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow, Congregation Shaarey Tefilla

  • Rabbi Justin Kerber, Congregation Beth Shalom

  • Michael Wallack, Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations

Keynote speaker Julie Sondhelm is a second generation survivor of the Holocaust. She is the Clinical Director of Jewish Family Services and works with diverse populations in this role and provides direct support and assistance to our local Holocaust survivors. She will be sharing about her grandfather’s experience.

Musical performances by:

  • Arnie Lewin, Congregation Shaarey Tefilla

  • Cantor Melissa Cohen, Congregation Beth-El Zedek

  • Carmel Middle School Choir

  • Carmel United Methodist Church Bell Choir

  • University High School of Indiana String Quartet

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free program.

Mayor Jim Brainard of the City of Carmel will present a proclamation naming Sunday, April 16, 2023 through Sunday, April 23, 2023 the Days of Remembrance in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Yom Hashoah, an international holiday for remembering the victims of the Holocaust, will fall on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

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