Interfaith Service Will
Memorialize Holocaust Victims

by David Tisdale
News Staff Writer

Hattiesburg, MS - A Hattiesburg ceremony memorializing all who lost their lives during the Holocaust will include as participants leaders of various religious faiths in the community.

Cukierkorn, a native of Brazil, came to Hattiesburg from a synagogue in Gastonia N.C., in January. “I think Hattiesburg is a beautiful place”, he said. “It is a place that has lots of potential for growth. It has lots of different cultural opportunities.”

The service, which is held annually at the Temple B'nai Israel synagogue on Mamie Street, will take place April 20.

Temple B'nai Israel’s Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn broached the idea when he first arrived in Hattiesburg in January with fellow members of the city's interfaith council, which includes religious leaders of various faiths.

"They liked the idea," Cukierkorn said. "They were very supportive and very excited about taking part in the event." He said the participation by members of other religious faiths is important in unifying the world and community. “I'm very happy with the support we have and willingness of leaders of other denominations to participate in an event honoring the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust."

The Rev. John Dudley of Westminster Presbyterian Church will be one of the ministers participating in the service.

"I'm very pleased that Celso thought to include leaders of other religious groups in the community," Dudley said. "It's an honor to participate."

Dudley said it was important for all people, not just Jews or other minorities whose people were singled out in the killing, to remember those who died and to dedicate themselves to preventing it from happening again. “It's an event that affects all humanity," he said.

From the April 4, 2001 issue of the The Advertiser News .