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Hundreds Take A Stand To Support Local Jewish Community

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Sunday, the community came together to show that it will not tolerate violence of any kind. The Temple Beth Shalom held its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Service called Yom Hashoah.

Hundreds from the community gathered to remember the violence of the Holocaust and to remember that the violence is not over as we saw in the shooting that happened outside a Jewish Community Center in Kansas a few weeks ago.

"To show that this is not supposed to happen ever again, never again as they use to say, never again a Holocaust, never again a shooting, never again violence against any faith because they're marginalized or a minority in our society," said Reverend Doctor Todd Eklof with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane.

Eklof wanted to do something to show support for our local Jewish community after the tragedy in Kansas. That is why he decided it is important to take a stand at Sunday's service. Members of Eklof's church attended, including eighth grader Elizabeth Palmer.

Palmer was the middle school winner of the Eva Lassman Memorial Creative Writing Contest, which is in honor of Lassman who is a Spokane Holocaust Survivor.

In her essay, Palmer was asked to imagine what it would have been like to be a Jewish child escaping Nazi Germany.

Palmer writes, "We will mourn; we will remember; and we will take it upon ourselves to teach future generations the importance of little actions."

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