Two local students have won the annual Holocaust Remembrance Essay contest open to middle and high school students who wrote on “Remembering the Holocaust: Why It Is Relevant Today.”
The winners are Amelia Allore and Clare Heine, both students at Chapel Hill High School, where their teacher is Holly Loranger.
Amelia’s first-place essay talks about art during the Holocaust, specifically from Theresienstadt Labor Camp. Art gave a voice to those who did not survive.
Clare wrote about Raphael Lemkin, who created a term for the atrocities of the Holocaust: “Genocide.” He also played a key role in the Nuremberg trials.
First- and second-place winners each receive a monetary prize. The two this year were presented certificates and awards as part of the annual Yom Hashoah Memorial Service on April 19 that honored a Holocaust survivor.
Penny Daum Aldrich, who has taught English as a Second Language at Durham Tech for 21 years, set up the contest to involve students in learning about the Holocaust.
“The annual Yom Hashoah Memorial service is always an amazing program and by presenting the awards at the ceremony, the students also hear first-hand from a Holocaust survivor,” she said.
The site for the program rotates among the Jewish temples and synagogues in Chapel Hill and Durham.
Aldrich said that although Durham-Chapel Hill schools are targeted with information about the contest, essays have been received from as far away as Texas and California. If the contest receives a large number of entries, they are divided into thirds among the three readers. One year there were 110 entries.
“However, I read every one,” Aldrich said. “We never know how many we will receive year-to-year.”
Both Aldrich and the committee read “blind,” with no idea who wrote the essay nor where they are from. In the past, winners have been both Jewish and non-Jewish as the contest is open to all.
The Rev. Garth Hewitt, a British troubadour and gospel singer, will give three North Carolina performances as part of a national tour.
Dedicated to peace-building in the Holy Land, the concert-tour theme is “No Injustice Will Last Forever: One Day the Wall Will Fall!”
Hewitt will appear at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, in a program featuring a singalong with children’s chorus.
He will also perform Sunday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Burlington, co-hosted with First Presbyterian Church of Burlington.
On Monday, May 4, he will appear at St. Mark’s Episcopal in Raleigh. This one at 7:30 p.m. will feature a song honoring the lives of the young Muslim humanitarians Deah Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammed Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan, who were murdered in February.
A donation of $10 to $20 at the door for adults is suggested, with youth admitted free. Hewitt’s latest releases, including the CD “Something for the Soul,” will be available, along with his new book on the theology of justice, “The Revolution of Love from Bethlehem to the Ends of the Earth.”
The youth choirs from University Presbyterian and University United Methodist churches will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at University Presbyterian, 209 E. Franklin St.
An offering will be taken at the concert, and all proceeds will go to TABLE, a local non-profit whose mission is to feed local hungry children.
Concert music will highlight the talents of both choirs with selections from “Cotton Patch Gospel” by Harry Chapin, compositions by Mark Miller, Seth Houston and Peter C. Lutkin and an original composition by Grace Gollmar, a University Presbyterian member and senior at Chapel Hill High School.
Also featured will be guest speaker Ashton Tippins from TABLE and congregational singing.
Instrumentalists from both churches will accompany the choirs and soloists.
All are welcome.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Church Women United will celebrate May Friendship Day at 10 a.m. Friday. The gathering will take place at First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St.
The program titled “The Journey of the Caregiver” will be presented by the women of University United Methodist Church.
After the program, a salad lunch will be served. Those who attend are asked to bring a salad to share, but this is not required. All are welcome to attend.
In addition to a general offering for Church Women United ministries, personal items for North Carolina migrant farm workers are being collected. Among needed items are bandanas, sun hats, sunscreen, deodorant, shampoo, tooth brushes, tooth paste, bar soap, shaving cream and disposable razors.
This gathering gives area women across denominations an opportunity to share interests while striving to help meet the needs of women and children in the local community and beyond.
Annual yard sale
The mission team at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1210 Pleasant Green Road, Hillsborough, is holding its annual yard sale on Saturday.
The event will begin at 7 a.m. with all proceeds going to the mission scholarship fund. This year trips are planned for Peru, Haiti, Poland and Ecuador, as well as Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The yard sale has been held for 10 years and is one of the church’s major fundraisers. The scholarship fund is available to all members who go on trips. The church is able to fund a percentage of the cost for these members.
“It is one way our congregation can be involved in our church’s mission efforts,” said Joye Spencer, a member of the congregation.
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