Walter Sommers 100th birthday week: Walter delivers Kristallnacht talk at CANDLES

Walter Sommers, an esteemed member of United Hebrew Congregation, will turn 100 years old on Tuesday, Dec. 29. To mark the occasion and recognize Walter’s tremendous contributions to the history and character of his adopted hometown, Mayor Duke A. Bennett of Terre Haute has proclaimed Tuesday as Walter Sommers Day.

Here, we present Walter’s talk on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Nov. 10, 2018, at CANDLES. CANDLES founder Eva Kor pays tribute to Walter at the end of the program.

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Remember Terry Fear by these words: ‘Do Justice. Love Mercy. March Proudly.’

“Do Justice. Love Mercy. March Proudly.”

These words guided Terry Fear, a fierce advocate for social justice. With boldness and a strong moral compass, Terry knew what she was called to do.

She planted herself firmly and deeply at the intersection of Judaism and social justice, believing that one cannot love God without a passion for justice. Terry showed her loving family and friends what is possible within a lifetime of good deeds.

Terry is remembered by her family and friends for the passion, generosity and grace with which she lived her life.

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Terry Fear sought mindfulness of injustice and God’s expectations that we repair the world

By Ken Turetzky

On the first night of Hanukkah, Terry Fear brought her menorah to a site across from the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute. She lit a candle and recited prayers in quiet protest as the Justice Department carried out the execution of Death Row inmate Brandon Bernard.

Terry left a menorah with Sister Barbara Battista and fellow activist Abe Bonowitz to light a second candle the next night, as Alfred Bourgeois met his death.

To the end, Terry worked passionately for social justice while serving as a dynamic force in the life of United Hebrew Congregation. She passed away suddenly Sunday, Dec. 13, at age 66, at her home in Charleston, Ill.

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