The “Six Million Steps to Holocaust Awareness” walk is an idea that was initiated a few years ago by Hebrew school students of Temple Beth Torah Sha’aray Tzedek in Tamarac and has turned into an annual-wide community supported educational program.
The third annual walk takes place on April 2 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Coral Springs Sportsplex Track at Coral Glades High School, 2700 Sportsplex Dr. This event is meant to bring the community together and heighten the awareness of the atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust as participants walk six million steps in the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. All proceeds will be donated to the Broward County March of the Living Youth Scholarship Fund.
Ronit Goldstein, Hebrew school director at Temple Beth Torah Sha’aray Tzedek, instructed her students a few years ago to come up with an action plan that would involve the community with Holocaust awareness. Goldstein said there many ideas by these students – who she taught and were then in sixth grade – such as a radio show and a color run aside from a walk.
“They had so many wonderful ideas but the problem was that I knew I wouldn’t be able to execute them. However, I thought the walk was something that was doable, so I went over to our rabbi and was told to create a committee, and then I approached another temple member who was willing to be head of the committee and suggested to reach out to the community to see who would be willing to cooperate with us.”
Goldstein continued, “We reached out to different temples, and Temple Beth Am [in Margate] actually decided to join us, and that’s when we started working tighter in community collaboration with Temple Beth Am.”
Goldstein noted that it was decided by the students that proceeds support the Broward County March of the Living Youth Scholarship Fund.
Hosting organizations for this year’s walk include Temple Beth Torah Sha’aray Tzedek, Temple Beth Am, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education and The Jewish Agency for Israel.
According to Goldstein, other Broward County Religious schools will be part of the event, as well as clubs in different public schools throughout the county. As the Hebrew school has been part of the Jewish Federation of Broward County‘s Nesher twining program for many years, the program will take place both in Coral Springs and Nesher, Israel this year.
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, including registration and payment. There is a $6 minimum donation to honor a Holocaust victim.