Rule of Law Day

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We invite you to honor Michael W. Smith as he receives the Rule of Law Award, and Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice, and the Honorable Jane Marum Roush (Ret.) as she receives the Civility in the Law Award.

A central lesson of the Holocaust is the centrality of the Rule of Law in the preservation of civil societies. This program established by the VHM’s Nuremberg Courtroom Committee and the Virginia Law Foundation honors individuals whose life and work emulate the highest ideals enshrined in the principals of the Nuremberg Military Tribunal and later the International Court of Justice.

You are also welcome to attenda Virginia CLE workshop on “Legal Responses to War Crimes, Genocide, and Human Rights Atrocities” from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event is free of charge unless seeking CLE credit. You can register to receive CLE credit here.

The award ceremony is free and open to the public but space is limited, registration is required.
If you have any questions, please contact Brett Schrader at bschrader (at) or by calling 804–257–5400 ext. 243.

The Choral Synagogue Auditorium

Labeled one of the most beautiful synagogues in the Jewish world on the eve of the Holocaust, the Chore Shul (Yiddish for Choral Synagogue) of Kovno certainly was a gem of synagogue architecture. Dedicated in 1871, its name “chore” places the synagogue as a superb example of the large “choral synagogue” tradition of the second half of the nineteenth century in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in the Russian Empire.

Jay Ipson, Museum co-founder, Holocaust survivor and Kovno native, opted to copy this architectural treasure in order to offer visitors some idea of the rich Jewish religous and cultural heritage that had existed before the Holocaust. Working with Marc Cohen and Trademark Woodworking, the original building’s plan moved from idea to actuality and now serves as the Museum’s auditorium.

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