Częstochowa Landsleit in Israel Hold “Virtual Memorial Service”

December 3, 2020
Words and pictures: Alon Goldman

The Association of Częstochowa Jews in Israel held its Annual Memorial Service on Thursday 3rd December 2020, marking the 78th anniversary of the liquidation of the Częstochowa Ghetto.

Unlike in previous years, the Memorial Service was held unconventionally, via Zoom. The Association had endeavoured to postpone the event in the hope that the COVID pandemic situation would improve, thus allowing the Association to held the event as in previous year – but to no avail. This year, the Service had to be “virtual”.

The event was opened by Association Chairman Alon Goldman.


Following Alon Goldman’s opening remarks,

Kaddish was recited by Holocaust Survivor Eliezer Kirschenbaum (pic left)


memorial prayer El Male Rachamim was recited by Rabbi Ari Enkin (pic right).

The event was honoured with the presence of the Polish Ambassador to Israel, His Excellency Mr. Marek Magierowski. In his remarks, he noted that the organization’s activity serves as an example of building a bridge between peoples.

In the second part of the Memorial Service, Alon Goldman delivered a lecture entitled “Preserving the Częstochowa Jewish Heritage in the Mirror of Generations”. In the lecture, he reviewed the various activities carried out over the years, from the date of the liberation of Częstochowa by the Russians to the present day, for the preservation of the city’s Jewish heritage. He described the challenges faced and talked about the people whose contribution was significant in these activities in the various areas (click on images to enlarge):

The mass graves on ul. Kawia
The extensive activities, over many years, of Sigmund Rolat and Alan Silberstein
Dina Weiner, Danny Kahn and the Gidonim mapping the Częstochowa Jewish Cemetery
The memories of Holocaust Survivors and their families "under the one roof" of our website.
Lew Kusznir - a collection of the first post-War photographs

The Częstochowa Jewish Cemetery cleaning project and some of its partners
Years of mapping the Częstochowa Jewish Cemetery by historian Wiesław Paszkowski.
Over 30 years, studying the history and legacy of Częstochowa's Jewish community
Professionally translating, into English, all Yizkor Books of the Częstochowa region.
Meetings of Polish and Israeli students - building bridges for the future