April 6, 2015
While visiting Washington, D.C., in 2010, Ron Shelton was moved by not one, but two, museums dedicated to telling the stories of the victims of the Holocaust. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was heart-wrenching, but so too was the traveling exhibition from a Spindale, North Carolina, museum, which happened to be touring the capital when the Rockledge resident visited.
Upon seeing this deeply moving exhibition, Shelton, the retired pastor of Central Community Church in Cocoa, wanted to share it with the Space Coast. As director of Cocoa’s Sister City Program, he helps to pair the Central Brevard municipality with Beit Shemesh, a city of 90,000 near Jerusalem. Because the mission of the Sister City Program focuses on raising awareness of events shaping the lives of Jewish people, Shelton, together with the rest of the membership, will bring the museum to the Space Coast for five days in April.
The Holocaust Museum Central Florida opens with a VIP reception at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 19, and a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. that day. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, April 20, through Thursday, April 23.
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