SERVICE TO FEATURE HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR.
Holocaust survivor Vernon Rusheen will relate his experiences in Dachau and other concentration camps during the 1999 Holocaust memorial service at 4 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Shalom.
The second annual community service is held on Yom ha-Shoah, the 27th day of the Hebrew month Nisan, designated for remembering those who perished and those who bravely resisted in the Holocaust, said Naomi Young, program coordinator for Am Ehad, the Santa Clarita Valley Jewish Coalition, which is sponsoring the service.
Congregation Beth Shalom is at 21430 Redview Drive.
Santa Clarita Rabbis Steven Conn, Ron Hauss and Mark Blazer will conduct the memorial service, which is free and open to people of all faiths. The Rev. Tom Glatts, Seventh-day Adventist pastor and former president of the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council, will participate.
In addition to Rusheen's testimony as a concentration camp survivor, the service will feature Jackie Slutske, a video cataloger for the Shoah Visual History Foundation, established in 1995 by film director Steven Spielberg.
``He took the Hebrew word `shoah' for the name of his foundation because over the years, Shoah, meaning `whirlwind' in Hebrew, has come to signify the Holocaust for the Jewish community,'' Slutske said.
More than 50,000 Holocaust survivors around the world have been interviewed by the Shoah foundation.
``To learn history, you have to look into history's eye,'' Spielberg said in a statement released by the foundation. ``The survivors will be the educators and continue telling their stories to future generations.''
Slutske will give a progress report about the taping, cataloging and storing of their testimonies.
``It's to be kept so future generations can learn from it,'' she said.
For information, call Young at (661) 296-4566.