February 5, 2023

Dear Friends,

As the son of a Holocaust survivor, Yom HaShoah has incredible significance to me, as it does to many Jews. With the number of Holocaust survivors diminishing, it’s more important than ever to tell their stories, remember the horrors of it, and learn.

We know all too well that anti-Semitism is not going away and is still pervasive in our society. Sadly, it comes from all sides. White supremacy, militant Islam, anti-Israel sentiment in disguise as “merely” being anti-Zionist, violent attacks on religious Jews in Brooklyn, and more.

Men’s Clubs and other organizations around the world order Yellow Candles™ from the FJMC and distribute them to their membership with a short explanation of the program. On the night of Yom HaShoah, the candles are lit in homes across the globe to shine a light of memory, a light of education, and a light that we will never forget. By participating in this program, you are helping to keep the memory of the Shoah alive and to remember what could happen if we don’t stand up for ourselves.

We’d like to give all our clubs in the region a friendly reminder to place your order for your yellow Candles at https://www.fjmc.org/order-yellow-candles.

Erev Yom HaShoah is Monday, April 17th/ 27 Nisan 5783. We encourage Clubs to start planning your programs now and take the first step of ordering/replenishing your supply of Yellow Candles and mailers. I look forward to working with our clubs and assisting in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you for all the work you are doing to implement this important program!

Kol Hakavod,

Jon Zimmer
Florida FJMC Yellow Candle Chairman jonzimmer3@gmail.com

Men’s Club is Brotherhood. Jon Zimmer is the President of the Kol Ami Brotherhood of Tampa, Florida and Yellow Candle Chairman for the Florida Region of FJMC. Learn more about the Kol Ami Brotherhood at https://www.kolami.org/brotherhood.html and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kolamitampa/. For more information about the Kol Ami Brotherhood, please email Brotherhood President Jon Zimmer at jonzimmer3@gmail.com.

The Kol Ami Brotherhood of Tampa, Florida is a proud member of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, an interconnected network of hundreds affiliated Jewish Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and beyond.

The Florida Region of FJMC serves the needs of affiliated Men’s Club’s and Brotherhoods throughout the State of Florida. If you are not yet affiliated with the Federation, then today is the day to join us.

Get to know more about the FJMC Florida Region and our growing statewide network of affiliated Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods at www.floridaregionfjmc.org and please visit and LIKE our Florida Region FJMC Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/FloridaRegionFJMC.

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