Documentary sceening for Yom Hashoah

In honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Temple Ner Simcha of Westlake Village will screen the award-winning documentary “Never Again is Now” at 7 p.m. Sat., April 14 at the sanctuary, 880 Hampshire Road.

A dialogue session with the filmmaker Evelyn Markus will immediately follow the screening.

“Never Again is Now” investigates the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe as told through the eyes of a woman who fled to America in 2004 to escape it.

“This powerful story is important not just because of the challenges going on in Europe, but because it is a reflection as well of the huge rise of anti-Semitic incidents here in the United States,” said Rabbi Michael Barclay, the spiritual leader of Ner Simcha.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, 2017 saw a 57 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide and a 41 percent increase in Southern California, Barclay said.

“Even here in the Conejo Valley, there were numerous times in the last year where the ADL needed to get involved in local schools or businesses because of anti-Semitic hate incidents. The best method to prevent these kind of incidents is through education in creative ways, such as this amazing film,” the rabbi said.

Markus, a second-generation Holocaust survivor raised in the Netherlands, speaks extensively about her personal moral imperative to bring the rise of European anti-Semitism to the world’s eyes.

“Yehuda Bauer famously said that thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander,” she said.

Saturday’s screening is free of charge. A wine and cheese reception will start at 6 p.m. following by the screening at 7.

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