From: Susan and Jack Cooper
Yasher Koach!!! It was a wonderful program yesterday.
I can't help but wonder why the United Nations hasn't begun a
Memorial Day a long, long, time ago. But it is good that
they did so
We came away with the same warm-and-fuzzy feeling that we did at
Frisco event when people of many faiths come together in good
is a taste of Ha-Olam Ha-Bah!
Thanks so much for yours and Denise's part in it!
Susan -- and Jack, too!
*** For our Non-Jewish Friends,
the Phrase Yasher Koach, Literally it means "may you remain"
strong or something like that. The first two paragraphs of this
website explain more:
From Bernie Mayoff
Thank you, Mike Ghouse, for
initiating this event, for putting
together an excellent and very successful program, for being so
willing to accept suggestions, and for being so courageous and
a risk in bringing together such a diverse audience. For those
weren't there, the main speaker that evening is a Holocaust
and Schindler's list member. She told her history from when she
young child, to being forced into the Krakow ghetto at age 16,
experiences and her husband's and the miracles that led to their
survival. After the program she told me that, of the hundreds
hundreds of presentations she has made over the last 18 years,
thought this presentation to this audience turned out to be
the most important one.
All of the speakers were excellent. The readings from the
liturgies were well chosen, to the point, and abundantly clear.
poetry readings were timely and appropriate, and the Imam's
In these days of renewed tension and hatred in Iran and
comments from the floor about what nonsense it is to deny the
Holocaust or to forget its lessons, and your comments about what
really means to be a Muslim were greatly appreciated by everyone
The feedback that I heard was unanimously positive.
Another Holocaust survivor, Nobel Laureate Elie Weisel, has
"My good friends – we never try to tell the tale to make people
It is too easy. We did not want pity. If we decided to tell the
- it is because we wanted the world to be a better world ."
We would say, Mike, you have performed a great mitzvah (a
commandment, a good deed). Yasher koach Mike (may you remain
and your strength be renewed).
From Arshad Nizam
It was nice meeting with you
again at Holocaust remembrance program. I have also attended
Unity Day in Frisco, which was also very well organized. I was
very impressed with yesterday's program lineup. I got Goosebumps
listening to Rosalie Schiff narration. I am sure it touched the
hearts of everyone there. The things that you have started to
bring communities together is going to go a long way for the
generations to come. May Allah bless you. If I can assist you in
anyway please let me know, you can always reach me on my cell
xxx xxx xxxx
From Dr. Maura Sheehan
This was an event that I shall
always remember & reflect upon. The honourable Rosalie Schiff
(Holocaust Survivor) reflections brought me to tears &
inspired me to continue my human rights work, especially in
relation to raising awareness about the ongoing genocide in
Darfour, Sudan where there is talk, but no real action -
& acts similar to what Mrs Schiff experienced - are going on
right now & must be stopped.
The fact that Mr Schiff spent time in Buchenwald was
especially powerful, as I had just taken a group of MBA
students from the University of Dallas to this camp, as part
of a Study Tour, just this December & I also had them read
Elie Weisel's book prior to the visit.
The fact that both of the Schiffs survived is a testament to
the inner strength of the human spirit.
Mike Ghouse did a tremendous job organising this event. I am
sure it was not easy to bring such a myriad of people together
& I was concerned, given the outcome of the elections in
Palestine, on the day of the event, that this could result in
some of the participants pulling out; but thankfully Mike's
participants kept their commitments.
Events like this & indeed organisations like the Foundation
for Pluralism will hopefully ensure that "never again" will
indeed come to fruition (again, I do remind people that this
is under threat in Sudan at this very moment).
Thank you Mike, all of the participants, organisers,
volunteers & Fun Asia.
Dr Maura Sheehan (UNA Dallas) &
Graduate School of Management
University of Dallas
1845 E Northgate Dr
Irving, TX, 75062
From Rev. Marylou Ghyst
again, Mike, for organizing the excellent program on the
Holocaust. There were four people from our church who attended,
and others who wanted to come but had other commitments. Those
who could not attend were very impressed with the written
program which I gave them. For Muslims to show their support of
Jews is very needed. You are a blessing to the community and
we, at Unity of Sachse, are most grateful for all you do for the
Unity Church of Sachse TX