Sunday, April 11 is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, and there are ceremonies all over Baristaville. In Montclair, churches and synagogues will hold a joint service at the Unitarian church. Other local ceremonies include one atTemple B’nai Abraham in Livingston and one at Congregation Beth Ahm in Verona.
One of the most unusual observances will be held at the Jewish Community Center in Clifton, which will be honoring the life of Dr. Currier McEwen, a former dean of NYU Medical School and avid Iris hybridizer, who saved the lives of 20 Jewish physicians and scientists, and their families, by offering them positions at the medical school.
He did so at the request of Albert Einstein, who had asked leaders in scientific organizations to do just that.
Professor Fred Einstein, a grand nephew of the famous physicist, will read a letter from Einstein to McEwen at Sunday’s observance.
And officials from the Presby Iris Gardens, which plans to plant a section of McEwen Iris hybrids to honor his life, will also make a presentation at the ceremony.
The Clifton JCC is located at 199 Scoles Avenue. The observance will take place in the auditorium from 7 to 8 p.m. There will also be a reception from 6 to 7 p.m., during which a video about McEwen’s life will be shown.
More details about the event can be found in the New Jersey Jewish Standard.