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Memory and Action: Reflections on the Jewish World Watch Walk to End Genocide and Yom HaShoah

Yesterday my congregation, Temple Ahavat Shalom, participated in the Jewish World Watch Walk to End Genocide. The TAS team was the largest it has ever been, with more than 70 participants raising more than $2,000 for Jewish World Watch. 
This year there were more than 3,000 participants, all gathered in Los Angeles’s Pan Pacific Park to start the walk. It was such a joy to see so many Jews gathered in one place, working together to make the world a better place and to alleviate the suffering of others. “Never forget” means not taking our power for granted and remembering that together we can make a difference and save lives. 
But it was not just Jews participating. There were many other groups walking with us, including “Burmese Muslims Against Genocide.” That others would participate in an event with Jewish in the title (though this was not a Jewish event, but a human one) gives me hope — hope that we can come together and remember that the things which connect us are more important th…