City of Alexandria Observes Days of Remembrance for Victims of Holocaust on Tuesday, April 13, at Noon

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UPDATE: City of Alexandria Observes Days of Remembrance for Victims of Holocaust on Tuesday, April 13, at Noon in Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall

March 30, 2010

News Highlights

  • Ceremony Speaker is Rabbi Mordechai Newman, Chabad of Alexandria
  • 2010 marks the 23rd consecutive year the City has held the Days of Remembrance Ceremony.

More Information

  • Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 703.746.4343

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the City of Alexandria has moved today's Days of Remembrance ceremony to the Vola Lawson Lobby on the first floor of City Hall, 301 King St. (Cameron Street side of the building). The ceremony will begin at noon and is free and open to the public. For the 23rd consecutive year, Alexandria City Council is hosting the Days of Remembrance, Yom HaShoah, for the victims of the Holocaust. This event is held during the weeklong commemoration of the national Days of Remembrance, Sunday, April 11, through Sunday, April 18.

The guest speaker for the ceremony will be Rabbi Mordechai Newman, Chabad of Alexandria.  Rabbi Newman is the founder and director of Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington, which is one of the more than 3,300 branches of today's largest international organization involved with Jewish education and outreach programs.  The Days of Remembrance Commemoration has special meaning to Rabbi Newman as his maternal great grandparents perished in the Holocaust.
During the ceremony, Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille and City Council members will light a candelabrum that Holocaust survivor Charlene Schiff and her husband, Ed, donated to the City. The 54-inch high, solid brass candelabrum was given to the City in memory of Charlene Schiff’s parents, sister, and the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust.

The Schiff candelabrum, under the care of the City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, is made available to schools and civic groups studying the Holocaust and to the City’s annual observance of the Days of Remembrance.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, in accordance with its Congressional mandate (Public Law 96-388, 10/7/80), is leading the nation in the weeklong Days of Remembrance commemoration.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Jack Browand at 703.746.4343 (TTY 703.838.4902) or e-mail

For more information, contact Andrea J. Blackford, Communications Officer, Office of Communications, at 703.746.3959 or