For more than 10 years, Nashville has had a site dedicated to remembering those who lost their lives through the institutionalized evil of the Holocaust. On Oct. 8, the Jewish community will gather at the Nashville Holocaust memorial on the grounds of the Gordon Jewish Community Center to remember those who were killed as well as Holocaust survivors, including those who made the Nashville memorial possible.
“So much has changed over the years since the Memorial was completed,” said Felicia Anchor, who helped organize the memorial. The community has lost several survivors who were instrumental in establishing the memorial, including Elizabeth Limor and Esther Loeb. The event on Oct. 8 will allow the community to honor their memories along with the memories of all who perished.
The event starts at 1 p.m. at the memorial.
Related events planned for that day include the opening of a collaborative art project sponsored by the GJCC and titled Under One Roof. The exhibit brings together local organizations to create an art exhibit around the theme “Reflection, Remembrance, Resilience.”
“As our national discourse has become more divisive, our project aims to bring together diverse people, organizations and ideas from our local community to unify Under One Roof and collectively exhibit artworks prepared by each organization, based on the theme,” GJCC President Frank Gordon and GJCC Executive Director Leslie Sax said in a news release.
The “roof” will be the GJCC’s community sukkah – a temporary structure constructed during the happy, weeklong Jewish fall holiday of Sukkot, which falls in October this year. The sukkah reminds us of the fragility and temporary nature of life and helps us focus on the truly important.
The Under One Roof exhibition is open and free to the public and runs from Oct. 4 to 18. •