Yom Hashoah Remembrance
In May of 2019, the Jewish Community of the Outer Banks and the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Outer Banks held a joint memorial service for Yom Hashoah, which commemorates the Holocaust in World War II.
JCOB sponsors an essay contest for students in both the Dare and Currituck County high schools and middle schools. The students were invited to read their winning essays.
Joachim Gans honored
Marc Samuels is standing in front of the recently dedicated plaque to Joachim Gans, the first Jewish (and Czech) person in the English New World. Gans was asked by QE1 to go on the first trip with Sir Walter Raleigh and comment on the mineral wealth in the area. England was a major science center at this time. Gans may have found some traces of a copper ore, but little else, as he returned in 1586 and did not come back with the 1587 expedition. 75 people were at the dedication, including JCOB members Marc Samuels, Marsha Riibner-Cady and her husband Lyle, Miriam Fauth and her daughter, and my wife Karen and I.
The effort behind the marker came from Brent Lane with UNC’s School of Business, Dr. Leonard Rogoff of the Jewish Heritage Foundation, and Steven King, the US Ambassador to The Czech Republic and the President of the Roanoke Island Historical Society. All 3 spoke at the dedication ceremony on Friday, August 30th.