Thank you to the Jewish Democrats of Solano County for inviting me to speak at their Yom HaShoah event in Fairfield on April 8th, 2021. Here is the poem that I wrote for the occasion.
We Carry Them We shall never forget the horrors inflicted upon the Jewish people. While we forever mourn the loss of millions of beautiful souls, we shall not grow despondent, instead rising in their honor, carrying forward the wisdom which has sustained us from generation to generation, building the strength of our community with every single mitzvah. We stand here together openly and proudly as Jews, in memory of our ancestors— their spirits alive in our hearts, lighting the path towards the better world to come. As we learn of the struggles they faced, we shall carry their fight forward, vowing to stand against hatred, bigotry, and fascism whenever it arises until the day that all peoples shall live together in harmony.