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The first Yizkor or memory book was written in 1296 in Nuremburg as a record of communities that were decimated and of individuals who were slaughtered during the Crusades. In the wake of the Holocaust the Yizkor book re-emerged to memorialize the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry.
Over 1000 such books have been written. One of them was the Ivenets Yizkor Book, which Florette Lynn has painstakingly translated from Yiddish to English for the last nine years. This town, which still exists, is some thirty miles from Minsk, the current capital of what is now Belarus. Ivenets is also the town where Florette Lynn's mother grew up and then left by herself, in 1911 at the age of 17, to come to New York. None of her family survived, but through this book - and others like it - their memory lives on.
Florette Lynn grew up speaking Yiddish - it was the only language her parents would speak to her - and attended Workmen's Circle Jewish schools. She had a career for many years as a librarian at different schools in New Jersey. She is the translator ofThese We Remember: Yizkor Book of Ivenets, Kamin and Surroundings (Shoah Literature Press, 2008).
This program is preceded by an approximately 30 minute Secular Humanistic Shabbat Service, and followed by a pot-luck desert.
All are welcome at this free event