PLEASE JOIN US for a service of remembrance and to honor local Holocaust survivors and their families, led by clergy and members of the Jewish community of greater Madison. A special program, Singing the Shoah: Songs of Pain, Songs of Strength, Songs of Life, Songs of Remembrance, featuring music from the Holocaust, presented by Professor Teryl L. Dobbs, Professor and Chair of Music Education at UW-Madison, including soprano Jerzy Gillon and composer Dr. Lawren Brianna Ware, will follow the service. See below for program bios.
We hope you will join us in person for this meaningful community gathering. For those unable to attend in person, the service and program will be livestreamed. The link to the livestream will be emailed after registering. Please check your junk/spam folder if you do not see it in your inbox.
If you would like to memorialize someone during the Yom HaShaoah Service, please list their name(s) during registration. Rabbi Forester will read the names aloud prior to reciting Kaddish. Those attending in person will also have a chance to recite names before Kaddish.
Please note that wearing a mask is required for in-person attendance at the service and program. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in before the service to help us get started on time.
The Annual Community Yom HaShoah Program is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Madison and is funded by the Mitchell and Sharon Rapkin Endowment for Holocaust Education and Commemoration.
Teryl L. Dobbs is professor and chair of music education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mead Witter School of Music. She affiliates with the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Disability Studies Initiative, The Division of the Arts, European Studies, and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA). Dobbs' scholarly interests focus on the musical experience via trauma and violence, transformative thinking and just action through critical interrogations of constructions of equity, inclusion, empathy, and care. She is the recipient of major grants, including her work as an international co-investigator with the United Kingdom's $2.5 million Arts and Humanities Research Council's (AHRC) Large Grant, Performing the Jewish Archive, and as the primary investigator of a Department of State grant awarded by the United States Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, Gido's Voices! Connecting Creative Czech Youth with Gideon Klein. Dobbs presents her scholarship locally, nationally, and internationally, and has published articles in the Philosophy of Music Education Review, The Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, Advances in Music Education Research, and Update. Her recent book chapter, "Locations of Trauma: Musical Experience and the Holocaust," was recently published in Routledge's Trauma and Resilience in Music Education: Haunted Melodies (Bradley & Hess, Eds.). Dobbs teaches undergraduate courses in music education teacher education and graduate seminars in music education, pedagogy, and music in violence and genocide. She is active in multiple professional organizations, including the College Music Society and Association for Jewish Studies, among others.
Dr. Lawren Brianna Ware, a Gadsden, Alabama native, is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her DMA in Music Composition with a minor in musicology. Compositionally, Dr. Ware's goal is to "write music that makes one feel." Although she is an "up and coming" composer, she has begun to secure her place in the world of contemporary classical composition. Dr. Ware's compositions have been featured on two professionally recorded albums, the Amernet Quartet's Alabama String Quartets (Birmingham Arts Music Alliance)(2020) and Dr. Cole Bartels' On the Brink (2022), and will be included on upcoming albums by Marcus Eley (clarinet) and Lara Downes (piano). Her most recent projects include being the inaugural composer and co-founder of the Black Composer Revival Consortium, composing for the Minnesota Consortium for Black American Composers (2020), and composing and releasing an electronic music album in conjunction with comic book writer Jaromir François on the comic My Brother Teddy (2021).
Jerzy Gillon is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland, a soprano, and a second-year master's student in voice, studying with Professor Jim Doing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jerzy holds a Bachelor of Music from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her previous productions include the role of Mariola (Jake Heggie's Two Remain (Out of Darkness)) and Annina (Guiseppe Verdi's La Traviata) with the University Opera, as well as the role of Cinderella (Jules Massenet's Cendrillon) with Opera for the Young. This summer, Jerzy will be debuting the title role of Bill Banfield's opera, Edmonia, with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
Community Survey: Those Impacted By The Holocaust
If you are a Holocaust survivor, refugee, escaped from the Nazis, or a family member - please let us know, so we may personally invite you to our community Yom HaShoah service and program. We'd also like to gauge your interest in participating in our service, either reading a passage or lighting a candle. If you have not signed up in the past or your contact information has changed, please fill out our interest form >