14 2021

Kristallnacht Commemoration

9:00AM - 11:00AM  

Congregation Or Shalom 205 Old Grassy Hill Road
Orange, CT, CT 06477
203 799-2341

Contact Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus
(203) 799-2341

Please join us for our Annual Community-Wide Kristallnacht Commemoration. This year, we will honor the conscience and heroism of Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens, Greece, who risked his life by ordering the churches under his jurisdiction to distribute baptismal certificates to Jews fleeing the Nazis, thus saving thousands of Jews in and around Athens. For his deeds he was named " Righteous Among the Nations" by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center.


• A Yellow Holocaust Memorial candle is lit
• Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus of Cong. Or-Shalom  briefly recounts the events of Kristallnacht
• His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America offers up a prayer
• Comments by Father  Peter Orfanakos of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Orange, CT 
• U.S. Senate citation presented by Sen. Richard Blumenthal to Archibishop Damaskinos' family
• Comments by the Director of Education,  American Society for Yad Vashem
• Comments by descendants of those rescued by Archbishop Damaskinos
• Questions & Answers led by Judy Alperin, Judy Alperin CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven 

The Community-Wide Commemoration of Kristallnacht is presented by Congregation Or Shalom with support from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. Thank you to the Americal Society for Yad Vashem.

Sponsor: Congregation Or-Shalom of Orange, CT, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, American Society for Yad Vashem