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Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Yom HaShoah 2023: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Shining Light into the Darkness

Thursday, April 20 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Room BE1110


Please mark your calendars to join us as we come together as a community to remember and learn about the genocide of 6 million Jews, as well as other targeted groups during WWII, so that the words “never again” will be a reality.  One can draw many parallels between the state of the world then and now.  Our theme is Shining Light in the Darkness, which we hope will encourage people to take positive actions against the ills in our world.

Tom Heller, the son of a survivor of two German concentration camps, will speak at 10:30 a.m. and again at noon.  You won’t want to miss his dynamic talk.  Each one will be followed by recitation of the Jewish mourners’ prayer, the lighting of candles, and encouragement to go forth to shine light.  We will also have interactive and educational activities throughout the day.

Yom HaShoah, which loosely means "Day of The Catastrophe" in Hebrew, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was officially established as a holiday by the Israeli government in the 1950s. In the United States, Holocaust Remembrance Day was first observed in 1979. It is now a day of commemoration for people worldwide.

Yom HaShoah


Holocaust remembrance


“Six million of our people live on in our hearts. We are their eyes that remember. We are their voice that cries out. The dreadful scenes flow from their dead eyes to our open ones. And those scenes will be remembered exactly as they happened.”

— Shimon Peres, former prime minister of Israel