Six million steps taken to raise Holocaust awareness

When many Jews think of the number six million, the victims of the Holocaust come to their minds. However, this number can also refer to the amount of steps that South Floridians of various ages took on a recent Sunday morning during the third annual “Six Million Steps to Holocaust Awareness” walk.

This walk, which took place at the Coral Springs Sportsplex Track, brought the community together with the intention of heightening the awareness of the atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust as participants walked six million steps in the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Shoah. All proceeds benefit the Broward County March of the Living Youth Scholarship Fund.

This 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.

Ronit Goldstein, Hebrew school director at Temple Beth Torah Sha’aray Tzedek, noted there were approximately 300-350 participants at this year’s walk. She thanked everyone for coming and noted there were more participants than last year and that new synagogues also participated this year.

“The community is more involved and the community is more engaged,” Goldstein said. “There’s more awareness and hopefully we will increase involvement for next year as well.”

Participating organizations for this year’s walk included Temple Beth Torah Sha’aray Tzedek, Temple Beth Am in Margate, Temple Dor Dorim in Weston, Temple Solel in Hollywood, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education and The Jewish Agency for Israel. This year’s program took place both in Coral Springs and Nesher, Israel at the same time.

Amir Watynski, president of Temple Beth Torah Sha’aray Tzedek, said during the walk, “This is a very important community event and we have to show that we will never let it [Holocaust] happen again.”

“For personal reasons, my grandparents were survivors of the Holocaust, so as I’m walking I have them in mind,” Watynski continued.

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