The Shaw JCC of Akron and the Jewish Community Board of Akron will host a Holocaust memorial service with music and a candle lighting ceremony from 7 to 8 p.m. May 2 at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life, 750 White Pond Drive.

The commemoration is free and open to the public.

The Yom HaShoah Commemoration will feature the testimony of second generation Holocaust survivor and Stow resident Andrea Rabinovitz whose mother Jo Ann (Hansi) Lustig Glickman, along with grandparents Ludwig and Theresa, escaped Nazi Germany in 1939, while other family members were sent to concentration camps and later died.

Rabinovitz offered to present her mother's story after learning that Holocaust survivor Stanley Bernath, who was slated to speak, unexpectedly passed away on March 26.

“The role of second generation survivors is an important one as there are very few first generations left to tell their stories,” Rabinovitz. “It’s incumbent on second generation survivors like me to keep the story alive for future generations.”

"I feel now is the time to share my mother’s story with the community, so we will never forget what happened,” she added.

For more information about the Yom HaShoah Commemoration, visit www.jewishakron.org or call 330-867-7850.