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Baraboo’s First United Methodist Church, 615 Broadway, will offer a free public program in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. “Music, Remembrance, and Repairing Our World: Lessons on Yom Ha’Shoah” is about music of the Holocaust and will be presented by Dr. Teryl Dobbs, a music professor and chairwoman of music education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a scholar and researcher affiliated with the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies.

Dobbs will share stories of children who made music during the Holocaust in the concentration camps and ghettos of Auschwitz, Theresienstadt, Bergen-Belsen and the Warsaw Ghetto. This thoughtful multimedia presentation will provide historical context while covering racism, antisemitism and other issues that continue to affect humanity to this day. The program is designed for audiences age 13 and older.

During the 1½-hour program, activities for younger children will take place in the church’s fellowship hall, including painting stones of remembrance, kindness, inclusion and love that the children can then share throughout their community.

The program is free of charge and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit HIAS, a Jewish American nonprofit that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees, and to the Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh.

Baraboo-area residents are encouraged to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day by “planting” blue “Reject Hate/Unite in Love” yard signs that have been distributed in the community since last December in response to the controversial photograph that was posted on social media a month earlier.

For more information, call 608-356-3991.

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