Melville Jewish Center’s Daffodil Project honors children killed in the Holocaust
ongregants and clergy members of the Melville Jewish Center are planting daffodils Sunday – a remembrance of the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust.
The Daffodil Project involves the planting of 500 daffodil flower bulbs. To date, it has been responsible for the planting of 758,000 daffodils in over 372 locations around the country.
According to the Melville Jewish Center, the shape and color of the daffodil represents the yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. Yellow is also the color of remembrance.
The Melville Jewish Center says also provides an opportunity to reflect on recent threats to the Jewish community.
"There’s just no reason not to be kind to and good to each other. Hate is not in my vocabulary, so it just doesn't make sense,” said Majewski.
"We have something called ‘Tikkun Olam’ in our religion, which means repair the world,” said Melville Jewish Center co-president Cheryl Haiken. “…We don't want to sit here and be upset about what has happened in the past. We want to take those lessons, learn from them and try to make the world better in the future."
Majewski says holding more events like these can help spread positivity. She hopes the daffodils will be fully bloomed in April when they observe Yom Hasoash – Holocaust Remembrance Day.