For over ten years, Nashville has had a site dedicated to honor the memories of those with local connections who lost their lives in the genocide. On October 8, Mayor Megan Barry will join Chief Huggins and the local Jewish community to mark the 10th Anniversary of the memorial, designed by local architect Manuel Zeitlin.
Speakers also will include local Holocaust survivor Frances Cutler Hahn, “3rd Generation” survivor Naomi Limor Sedek, whose grandparents survived the Holocaust, and Police Officer Sarah Ortkiese, who visited the Memorial as part of Metro Nashville Police Department’s cadet training program – instituted by Chief Anderson as a significant step in promoting values of respect and human dignity for all through MNPD’s police training program.
The ceremony will be held October 8, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Memorial, located on the grounds of the Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd, Nashville.
Related events planned for that day include the opening of a collaborative art experiment sponsored by the Gordon JCC and titled Under One Roof. The exhibit brings together more than 20 local organizations, including Country Music Hall of Fame, National Museum of African American Music, Cheekwood, Oasis Center, and Renewal House, to create an art exhibit around the theme “Reflection, Remembrance, Resilience.”
“As our national discourse has become more divisive, our project aims to bring together diverse people, organizations and ideas from our local community to unify Under One Roof and collectively exhibit artworks prepared by each organization, based on the theme,” Gordon JCC President Frank Gordon and Gordon JCC Executive Director Leslie Sax said.
Fittingly, the “roof” is the Gordon JCC’s community sukkah – a temporary structure constructed during the happy, weeklong Jewish fall holiday of Sukkot, which falls in October this year. The sukkah reminds us of the fragility and temporary nature of life and helps us focus on the truly important.
The Under One Roof exhibition is open and free to the public and runs from October 4 to 18.