June 10, 2023
Yom HaShoah begins at sundown, Monday, April 17, 2023. Light a candle; preserve a memory.

A message from Florida Region FJMC Yellow Candle Chairman Jon Zimmer:

“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.

Yom HaShoah begins at sundown, Monday April 17, 2023 (27 Nisan 5783). On the night of Yom HaShoah, remember those that perished in the Shoah and light a Yom HaShoah Yellow candle to shine a light of memory, a light of education and a light that we will never forget. Place your Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle in your window for all to see and recite the following meditation, authored by Rabbi Jules Harlow:

As I light this Yellow Candle, I vow never to forget the lives of the Jewish men, women, and children who were martyred and are symbolized by this flame. They were tortured and brutalized by human beings who acted like beasts; their lives were taken in cruelty. May we be inspired to learn more about our six million brothers and sisters as individuals and as communities, to recall their memory throughout the year so that they will not suffer a double death. May we remember not only the terror of their deaths but also the splendor of their lives. May the memory of their lives inspire us to hallow our own lives and live meaningful Jewish lives so that we may help ensure that part of who they were shall always endure.


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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