Sunday, May 5th


Youth Program 9:30am
Community Observance 11am


Alpert JCC


Free and open to all

Never Forget

Join the AJCC in honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day with our annual Observance.

 We will start with our Youth Program at 9:30 AM featuring Holocaust survivor and artist Trudie Strobel. Our Community Observance will start at 11 AM led by Rabbi Myers and Rabbi Mirski with local clergy and Beach Hillel. Dessert reception will follow the observance.

Youth Program

Guest Speaker Trudie Strobel

9:30 AM • Suitable for Ages 12+

Trudie was 4 when she and her mother were taken from their home by the Nazis and herded over 600 miles to the first Lodz Ghetto and then Labor Camp. Trudie’s mother was an incomparable seamstress. Sewing saved their lives and bought them enough time to see Liberations. However, even after Liberation their persecution didn’t end and they bounced from Displacement Camps to homes for the displaced. Trudie did not speak about her past until in her fifties when her sons were grown and out of the house, the traumas of her childhood camp surged back, and she suffered a complete breakdown. A therapist suggested she attempt to express herself in drawing. She began to draw and soon she began to stitch her drawing. Her stunning tapestries have been on display in museums and synagogues, and we are fortunate to have them on display at the Gatov Gallery at Jewish Long Beach.

Learn More About Trudie and her art:

Gerda Seifer Yom HaShoah Fund


The Yom HaShoah Community Observance has been part of our community for decades largely due to the tireless work of Gerda Seifer z”l and other Holocaust survivors and their families. If you wish to continue the important work of memorializing the Holocaust, please consider a donation to the Gerda Seifer Yom HaShoah Fund. The Fund makes possible the annual Community Yom HaShoah program, as well as other Holocaust education activities and programs.

Donations are payable to: Jewish Long Beach, or call 562 – 426 – 7601 x1314 or visit

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