On the evening of February 15th, The Shul of Bellaire hosted a historic event in honor of its 6th Anniversary. Holocaust survivor, author and humanitarian Eva Schloss was invited to share her story of struggle and survival in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The evening was a tribute to the Jewish community and The Shul's mission to embrace every individual in the community, regardless of background or affiliation.
Schloss shared her personal story of struggle as well as an account of the life of Anne Frank, her childhood friend and step-sister, with a live interview on-stage at The Wortham Center inside of the Lillie and Roy Cullen Theater. The Shul's founder and leader Rabbi Yossi Zaklikofsky kicked off the event by giving a speech. The remarks were followed by honoring Dr. Doreen and Marshall Lerner with a Lamplighter Award as well as Alex and Victoria Lazar with the ‘Parents of the Year’ Award.
Honorary guest Becca Cason Thrash alongside Eva Schloss lit the "Candle of the Silent Six Million" to honor the memories of those that were tragically lost in the past, as well as the "Lantern of Continuity", that symbolizes the renewal and resilience of our nation as a strong, radiant, and inextinguishable beacon of light for the future.
The night was made possible with the support of Amy and Gary Davis, Melissa and Ron Jacobs, Momentum BMW and so many more. The rabbi also thanked Holocaust Museum Houston and the many amazing volunteers for their help.