Today, the Chi Phi Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi at California State University, Fullerton marched throughout campus in commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). The annual We Walk to Remember (see here for last year’s walk) is a joint project of Alpha Epsilon Pi and B’nai B’rith International.
“I think this is an important program because even though there are a lot of people who know about the Holocaust, they don’t know a lot of facts about it,” said Matt Duncan, Chi Phi’s master. “Hopefully, we made people aware that today is Yom HaShoah and someone may look this up after seeing us and reading our flyers.”
“It is really nice to see these young men to take the time and courage to walk throughout campus in the middle of the day, promoting Holocaust awareness,” said Rabbi Drew Kaplan, rabbi & director of Southern California Jewish Student Services, who walked with the AEPi chapter. “As time goes by, it is more important for young Jews to consider what happened to our people more than half a century ago and to wrestle with what that means for their Jewish identities.”
According to B’nai B’rith’s website, We Walk to Remember “was initiated at Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Alpha Chapter at New York University in 2007. This AEPi-wide Holocaust remembrance initiative is aimed at ensuring that the memory of the Holocaust and its lessons remain at the forefront of civil discourse on college campuses. By taking action and participating in “We Walk to Remember,” thousands of AEPi brothers will remind their peers and community members that the Holocaust is a human issue that deserves our collective remembrance.”
More pictures of the walk can be viewed here.