HRA18 Facilitates Education, Healing, and Reconciliation
The Holocaust Remembrance Association (HRA18) was established by descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors along with Christian colleagues to sensitize hearts to the issues of the Holocaust and facilitate education, healing, and reconciliation. Holocaust survivors and their families came to the United States with nothing. They welcomed the opportunity to start a new life in a country with a just government and a Constitution that protected their personal freedoms. They benefited from the free enterprise system and the chance to reap the rewards of a disciplined work ethic. In the interest of safeguarding freedom for all people in their new homeland, many of the Jewish community became legal representatives who helped uphold others suffering persecution or discrimination, specifically during the Civil Rights Movement.
The vision of HRA18 is to see the world inspired to stand in solidarity against persecution, prejudice, and indifference, and its core purpose is to create UPSTANDERS – individuals who will stand against antisemitism as well as persecution and prejudice in all forms. Therefore, we affirm our intention to defend our nation’s First Amendment rights for ALL PEOPLE to exercise freedom of speech,
freedom of the press, and PEACEFULLY assemble, as well as to petition the government for redress of grievances. Stereotyping, discrimination, and prejudice are NOT in keeping with our goal of fostering education that brings healing and reconciliation. The three principal projects of HRA18 (March of Remembrance, the Holocaust Garden of Hope, and the HRA18 university-based scholarship programs) are ways to participate in this goal.
STAY TUNED for the details of a special prayer initiative scheduled for the ninth of Av (July 29-30). The ninth of Av is the date of the destruction of the first two temples in Jerusalem and the date on which the Jewish people suffered injustice and persecution over the course of several centuries. The HRA18 acknowledges that ALL people are made in G-d’s image and we all live by the breath of G-d. This year on the ninth of Av, we will humble ourselves in repentance for our personal trespasses and will pray together for the restoration of our nation (… if My people, who bear My Name, will humble themselves, pray, seek My face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14, CJB).