2021 Community-Wide Yom Ha'Shoah Commemoration

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Each year, the JCRC brings together thousands of participants, representing over 100 synagogues, churches, interfaith partners, diplomats, and elected officials to ensure that the legacy of the Holocaust is preserved. It is perhaps the JCRC of Greater Washington’s most sacred obligation to host our local community’s annual Yom Ha’Shoah Commemoration in honor of the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust and of the survivors and liberators among us.

This year join us at our community-wide commemoration online at 1 PM on Sunday, April 11, 2021. We are honored to welcome Elisha Wiesel, son of Elie Wiesel, as our keynote speaker.

As years pass and our survivors age, the events of the Shoah become more distant. With antisemitism on the rise, the JCRC’s commemoration, along with our year-round Holocaust education efforts, are more important than ever.

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Date & Time

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Location

Online. A link will be emailed to you prior to the program.

We will also be hosting:

  • Dor L’Dor, Intergenerational program for teens and their families as well as educators to meet with and hear local Holocaust survivors share their living testimonies. Contact Sara Winkelman for more information.
    • Sunday April 11 at 11:00 am hosted by the JCRC in conversation with survivor, Peter Feigl, for teens & their families and educators
    • Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 pm hosted by the JCRC in conversation with survivor, Peter Gorog, for teens & their families and educators
    • Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 pm hosted by Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation for a conversation with Howard Milchberg, son of Irving Milchberg, a leader of children who survived by selling cigarettes on the streets of Warsaw. Zoom link here.
    • Thursday, April 8 at 7:30 pm hosted by B’nai Israel Congregation
      • A conversation for teens with Esther Bergman who was born in Belgium and hid during the war
      • A conversation for adults with survivor, Ruth Eisenberg 
  • Unto Every Person There is a Name, the annual reading of Shoah victims’ names co-sponsored by B’nai B’rith International and the JCRC.
  • Zikaron BaSalon, Memory in the Living Room, a program started in Israel which allows community members to host an online Holocaust remembrance conversation with your friends and family. Contact Adam Odesser for more information.
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day: Voices of History, Lessons for Today at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 8. Join 3GDC for stories, music, and prayer to commemorate those who perished. Hear from survivor Esther Geizhals in conversation with her granddaughter Mea, and from 3G Adam Zimmerman. After the ceremony, join in conversation about the rise of modern antisemitism and the lessons of the Holocaust. This program is run by 3GDC, in partnership with Sixth & I and the JCRC of Greater Washington.

It is perhaps the JCRC of Greater Washington's most sacred obligation to host our local community's annual Yom Ha'Shoah remembrances in honor of the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust and of the survivors and liberators among us. Please join us in fulfilling this most sacred responsibility of remembrance by making a contribution to support JCRC's Yom Ha'Shoah commemorations and teen programming.