By Liam Bodurtha
On Friday April 25th, the BCDS Choir ventured out to Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, where they sang songs at the United Jewish Federation’s Yom HaShoah program. Senate-President Donald Williams, Jr. ran the hour-long event.
Jewish war veterans, including veterans from Stamford, carried the American and Israeli flags. Cantor Rafael Bokow from Stamford’s Agudath Sholom sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Wearing white shirts and black pants and skirts, the BCDS Choir sang melodies such as Lou Yehe, Eli Eli, and The Door.
“These are solemn and hopeful songs,” said Jonathan Cahr, the leader of the choir. All 22 members of the BCDS choir got to also listen to a Holocaust survivor at the program. Albert Linder, a survivor, who lives in Stamford, addressed everyone in the room after the choir concluded their songs.
Mr. Linder was born in 1936 and he is a survivor of the Ukranian concentration camps. As a boy, Mr. Linder lived in Bukovina and after the Romanians decided to adopt the Nuremberg Laws that Germany embraced, his troubles began.
He explained that one Friday, hooligans ran into his grandparents’ home before Shabbat, and shot his Grandfather. After that incident, he was sent to the Bershad concentration camp in Ukraine via train.
“We obviously did not know where we were going,” told Mr. Linder. When a group of Russian soldiers were marching by the camp, Albert Linder and his parents snuck out of the camp and followed behind the troops.
Even though this was a melancholy event, seventh grader Josh Leferman said, “I am really excited to go and sing.”
In addition to the BCDS Choir performing selections, eighth-grader Joshua Dweck and his sixth-grade brother Gabriel Dweck played a duet, the beautiful and stirring theme from the movie, Schindler’s List.
If you want to see the performance the entire program is available through this link: http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=10185