The 26th annual Kristallnacht Interfaith Confronting Bigotry Commemoration held this year at Page Hall in Albany. It brought together representatives of every faith in the region to stand together to remember in memory of those lost and to join together to combat neo-Nazism, hate and bigotry today, according to Shelly Shapiro, one of the program organizers. Over 300 people came together for the program and the local premiere of the film “Above the Drowning Sea,” sponsored by Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center, the Jewish Federation of NENY and the University at Albany Judaic studies program.
Featured in the photo, from left: Cantor Rogerio Marx, Temple Israel of Albany; Joan Atkins, Albany Karma Thegsum Choling Buddhist Center; Ayah Osman, Islamic Center of the Capital District; Joan A. Arthurton, Capital Area Council Churches Board member; Joan M. Lipscomb, Roman Catholic Ecumenical Commission; Deb Riitano, chairwoman of the Sidney Albert Lecture Series; Rev. Donna Elia, Troy Area United Ministries; Kathleen Duff, Ecumenical Commission Roman Catholic Dioceses; Dr. Paul Uppal, Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple of Niskayuna; Ivan Vamos, Holocaust survivor; Dr. Frederica Francesconi, director of the Judaic Studies Program University at Albany; Rabbi Paul Silton, founder Holocaust Survivors & Friends in Pursuit of Justice, rabbi emeritus Temple Israel; Father Pat Legato, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church; Anu Bheemineni, Hindu community; Karol Harlow, Baha’i community; Ruth Mendel, Holocaust survivor; and Shelly Shapiro, director of Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center, director, Community Relations of the Jewish Federation of NENY.
Hedi McKinley, (not in photo) Holocaust survivor, also attended to add her testimony and effort to the goal of fighting bigotry today.