Your guide to 2021 (virtual) Yom HaShoah commemorations – The Forward
Despite a year of isolation and pandemic restrictions, Jewish communities across the country are finding ways to band together for Yom HaShoah, the annual commemoration of the more than six million Jews murdered by Nazis and Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust.
Coast to coast host and organize synagogues, cities, museums, Jewish community centers and other virtual events to remember the lives lost, honor the survivors and raise a new generation.
With the rise of anti-Semitism, white supremacy, racism, and Holocaust denial, many of the Yom HaShoah events are aimed at combating hatred and bigotry through language, storytelling, music, and culture.
To help you take part in this meaningful week of remembrance, the Forward has compiled a list of Yom HaShoah virtual events across the country.
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Holocaust Museum LA
1. Holocaust Museum of LA “Sephardic Victims of the Shoah”
The Los Angeles Holocaust Museum will host a livestream memorial service for Yom HaShoah, specifically honoring the Sephardic communities in southern Europe and North Africa who fell victim to the brutality of the Nazis. The virtual ceremony, which will take place on Sunday April 11th, will be a keynote address by Dr. Aomoar Baum, Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of Undergraduate Studies, UCLA Department of Anthropology, will deliver a speech by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and performances by singer-songwriters Shira Bouskila and Montana Tucker, and performances by survivors.
While the museum itself will remain closed due to pandemic restrictions, the Yom HaShoah event is open to anyone wishing to join and honor the Sephardic community.
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Governor Mike DeWine
2. Holocaust Remembrance from the governor of Ohio’s Jewish communities
In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine is hosting the state’s 41st annual Holocaust Memorial Service. In collaboration with the Jewish communities in Ohio hosted by the Jewish Associations of North America, the event will focus on the importance of Holocaust education. In addition to the hearing of Holocaust survivor Dr. Al Miller the event will also include a conversation with Dr. Stephen Smith, the Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation.
The commemoration begins on April 8 at 4 p.m. and is available nationwide. Click here to register.
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USHMM Days of Remembrance
3. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Remembrance Days
The USHMM leads the United States in observing the Days of Remembrance, established by Congress as the nation’s annual Holocaust Remembrance. The 2021 commemoration, practically on April 8 at 11 a.m., will feature remarks from Foreign Minister Antony J. Blinken, whose stepfather survived Auschwitz and other camps.
The museum also offers Remembrance Day resources for those who wish to commemorate by posting on social media or organizing an event.
4th Milwaukee Annual Memorial Service
In Milwaukee, the community will come together for a special Yom HaShoah event attended by Holocaust survivor and retired doctor Alfred Munzer. Munzer lost his father and two sisters in the Holocaust and was saved by a Muslim family in the Netherlands. For the past eight years he has been a USHMM volunteer translating diaries from Dutch into English for a five-volume series on Jewish persecution. The event is sponsored by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and will take place on Sunday, April 11th at 3pm
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Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial
5. The Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial: An Observation of the Virtual Community
In Miami, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is holding Yom HaShoah: A virtual community observation on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, April 8th, at 7 p.m. Before the event, the Holocaust Memorial and the Miami Jewish Film Festival “Numbered” and “The Lost Brothers”, two films investigating the Shoah, will be shown free of charge from Wednesday, April 7th at 4pm to Thursday, April 8th, at 16 o’clock
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6. Boston JCRC: Preserving Our Collective Memory: Bridging Generations
Bostonians can join the JCRC for their annual Holocaust Remembrance, which this year marks the 25th anniversary of the New England Holocaust Memorial. The virtual event will show the reflections of survivors, music, art and poetry. The event will take place on Sunday, April 11th at 2pm
Before Sunday’s commemoration, Bostonians can prepare for “The Shoah in Film: A Story from the Ashes,” in which Boston College professors and documentary filmmakers John and Susan Michalczyk present and discuss clips from their series of Holocaust films . The film event is organized by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College and Boston College Hillel.
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Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
7. Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Virtual Yom HaShoah
The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum holds its annual memorial service virtually every year this year. The free event will take place on April 8 at 7 p.m. with speakers including Rabbi Stefan Weinberg of the Anshai Torah Congregation and Tamar Leventhal and Julie Robinowitz, both daughters of Holocaust survivors.
Participants are invited to pay homage, list a commemorative homage, or add their name to Yom HaShoah’s digital memory book.