Beth Zion, Brookline, MA
the first time, the Town of Brookline held an AIDS Candlelight Vigil
and SHARED was pleased to coordinate the event. The purpose
of the candlelight service is to honor the memory of those who have
been lost to AIDS and inspire hope for a brighter future.
May 2006 marked the 23rd Annual International Candlelight Memorial.
It was observed in more than 3,000 cities in 85 nations.
Moshe Waldoks of Temple Beth Zion welcomes the SHARED volunteers
and guests to the temple and begins the memorial candlelight service
president and founder, Elizabeth Ziemba delivers the opening remarks.
She comments on the devastation that the AIDS epidemic has had in
Lesotho, southern Africa and encourages the audience to become involved
in the international fight against AIDS
Pixley, baritone, and Bret Silverman, piano, perform "Walt
Whitman in 1989," a musical tribute from The AIDS Quilt Songbook
were honored to hear from our keynote speaker, Larry Kessler, who
has been a leader in the AIDS movement from its inception.
As the Founding Director of the AIDS Action Committee, Mr. Kessler
established an organization that has served over half of all people
ever diagnosed with AIDS in Massachusetts, has educated generations
of people about this disease, and has secured progressive city,
state, and federal AIDS policy
Karen Robbins, Associate Director and Faculty member at Brookline
Music school performs "Sarabande" from the Sonata in A
minor by Bach as a tribute to the AIDS victims
of the SHARED Board of Directors, Kathryn Kemmpton Amaral, Jean
Ambika Patel (pictured), Thomas Shane, Irving Stackpole, Stewart
Ting Chong, and Elizabeth Ziemba lit the six candles during the
vigil. Five of the candles represent each continent where
AIDS is taking its toll on the population, and the sixth candle
is lit as a symbol of hope
Dr. Edward C. Kienzle of the Church of Our Savior in Brookline reads
the roll call of the names of those lost to AIDS who we remember
the memorial and each day
disinguished guest speaker, Larry Kessler, founder of the AIDS Action
Committee poses with SHARED president, Elizabeth Ziemba
of the talented second grade artists from the Lawrence School proudly
shows her artwork, which will be sent as a gift to the children
at the Maseru Children's Village in Lesotho, Southern Africa