Storyteller to speak at Holocaust Remembrance Service

Treasuring the Stories We’ve Inherited


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TCIC President, the Rev. Jeffrey Spencer, 510-797-0895

The Tri-City Interfaith Council’s invites the public to attend their annual Holocaust Remembrance Service on Sunday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.  The service is held at Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont.

This year, traveling storyteller and author Joel ben Izzy will be the featured speaker.  In a world with fewer survivors left each year to recount their tales, each of us becomes heir to their stories.  This is the first time that the service will feature a guest speaker who is not a Holocaust Survivor.  Instead, through the lens of a man who has made it his life’s work to gather and tell stories, we will both hear survivors’ tales as well as tales from other cultures that may help us to create a world that is more just, humane, and compassionate – the most fitting tribute to those we have lost.

Thirty years ago Joel ben Izzy graduated from Stanford with a self-designed degree in storytelling, then set off to travel the world, gathering and telling stories.  His work has taken him to some thirty five countries to date, in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and throughout North and South America.  He is also produced six award-winning recordings of his work and written a highly acclaimed memoir, The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness (Algonquin, 2003), which is now available in 15 languages.  In addition to his performing he serves as a story consultant to a wide range of individuals and organizations including Hewlett-Packard, The Federal Reserve Bank, and Pixar Animation Studios.  He lives with his family in Berkeley.

The service is free and open to everyone from all religious backgrounds, and no religious background.  A free will offering will be received for “Facing History and Ourselves,” an organization helping classrooms and communities worldwide link the past to moral choices today.  More info at

The Tri-City Interfaith Council is an interfaith organization made up of leaders and representative of over 35 faith communities in Fremont, Newark, and Union City.  Their mission is to promote respect, understanding, cooperation, and appreciation for the many religious and faith traditions within our community.

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