HJF marks Holocaust remembrance and opening of learning and advocacy centre

John Best (The Bay Observer) 
May 4, 2024

Monday, the Hamilton Jewish Federation will celebrate the Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration, coupled with the Public Opening the Margaret’s Legacy Holocaust Learning & Jewish Advocacy Centre. The event is intended to be a poignant and celebratory occasion, marking both remembrance and renewal.

Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a time for reflection and honoring the memory of the six million Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust. The Hamilton Jewish Federation invites the community to join in solemn remembrance, paying tribute to those who perished and reaffirming the commitment to never forget.

Melissa Lantsman MP (second from right) gave a keynote address.

Local Holocaust Survivor Ernie Mason (rescued by Raoul Wallenberg) participating at the Mezuzah ceremony.

Tom Weisz with Danna Horwood (his daughter & founder of Margaret’s Legacy)

David Hansen (Director of Education for the Hamilton- Wentworth Catholic District School Board) looking at one of the display cases.

Members of the Hamilton Police Service touring the Centre

Mayor Horwath presented a certificate recognizing the opening of the Margaret’s Legacy Holocaust Learning & Jewish Advocacy Centre

Tom Weisz with his granddaughter Sari Horwood.


In tandem with this commemoration, the Hamilton Jewish Federation is unveiling its newly renovated Centre to the public. This facility will serve as a hub for fostering community connections, promoting education, and preserving Jewish heritage.

“We are honoured to commemorate Yom HaShoah and celebrate the opening of our Centre with the community,” said Gustavo Rymberg, CEO of the Hamilton Jewish Federation. “This event serves as a testament to the resilience of the Jewish people and the enduring importance of remembrance. We invite everyone to join us in honoring the past and embracing the future.”

The Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration and Public Grand Opening of the Centre will take place on May 6, 2024 Hamilton, ON. Registration is at full capacity and currently closed.

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