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Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 117 devotion of many volunteers who make a dif- At the conclusion of the presentation, Snyder ference," Snyder said. asked the dozens of Redeemer and community Pam Hawn, founder of the Bradenton non- volunteers who attended the Oct. 21 meeting profit Hope Kids Community and the creator to stand, and the commissioners applauded of Day of Hope — which started in 2009 and all of them for their efforts on behalf of the spread to Redeemer in 2011 — attended the community. commission meeting as well, the news release The Church of the Redeemer is a traditional notes. As Crouse thanked the commissioners for their recognition of Redeemer's role in Episcopal church located at 222 S. Palm Ave. Day of Hope, he also praised Hawn's original in the heart of downtown Sarasota. For more vision for the program: "It just captured our information about Day of Hope, or about imagination as a way for us to serve the City the church in general, call 955-4263 or visit of Sarasota and homeless at-risk kids." CONGREGATION TO HOLD KRISTALLNACHT SERVICE Dr. Norman Weinberg, founder and director of the Polish Jewish Cemeteries Restoration Project (PJCRP), will be the featured speaker during a Kristallnacht service at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) on Nov. 2, the Congregation has announced. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Of the estimated 1,200 to 1,400 devastated Jewish cemeteries in Poland, more than 30 sites have been restored, a news release says, and another 40 projects are in various stages of funding. One of the key actions of the nonprofit PJCRP has been the presentation of a petition to the German government, asking it to pay its fair share for remediation of the destroyed cemeteries and the mass graves the Nazis created, the release points out. Films documenting the sites before, during and after restoration will be shown. Teaching children about the Shoah and Jewish heritage in Poland and about tolerance and reconciliation is an important educational initiative the PJCRP began in 2002, the release adds. The organization's most recent project Dr. Norman Weinberg/Contributed photo is Who Returned My Soul, in which students take on various personas and tell stories of actual Holocaust survivors, the release notes. The program will be free for CHJ members. A donation of $5 is suggested for non-members. CHJ meets at Unity, located at 3023 Proctor Road in Sarasota. For more information, call 929-7771 or visit

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