This year — 2013/5773 — Holocaust Memorial Day begins at sunset on April 7. Community observances will take place from April 7 to April 10 around the bay. Anyone is welcome to attend any of the memorials and you should expect large crowds. We still have among us the generation who lived through the Holocaust, who survived the camps, who fought in WWII. The children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors attend services to honor their family members. All the community comes to remember those who perished and those who lived out their lives, but have now passed on.
Sunday, April 7
Yes, We Sang!
Yom HaShoah concert. Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco, Cantor Linda Hirschhorn and Nigunim Community Folk Chorus perform.
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 4pm
$10, free for children & seniors.
Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah 5773
The Day of the Holocaust and the Resistance
The program will include song, reflection, testimonials and prayer. Our guest speaker this year will be Rita Kuhn, a Holocaust survivor, long-time Berkeley. Our annual service is jointly organized Congregations Beth El, Netivot Shalom and Beth Israel and is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation of the East Bay.
Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley, 7:00 pm
They Did Not Stand Idly By
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. For Holocaust Remembrance Day, the JCC of San Francisco will present “They Did Not Stand Idly By,” an half-day program with study sessions, a panel discussion and a reading of names.
JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., San Francisco, 1:30 to 6 pm
11th Annual City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day
“Surviving in the Shadows” honoring survivors Sam Genirberg and Kathryn Winter
Music by composer Aaron Blumenfeld
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life; 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, 11:00 am
Free. Refreshments will be served.
Parking is available at the Brower Center Garage on Kittredge St., Berkeley
Life and Resistance in the Ghettos:
70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Remembrance with a message from Israel by Consul General Andy David.
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 5 pm Free.http://www.betham.org.
Future of Holocaust Memory
Sonoma County’s Yom HaShoah community commemoration theme will be memory; with perspectives from three generations.
Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 p.m.
Yom HaShoah Service
Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond. 7 p.m.
Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah
Holocaust commemoration featuring Yiddish music by opera singer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell.
Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. 4 p.m.
Yom HaShoah commemoration
With a ceremony honoring a Torah from an unknown town in Czechoslovakia. Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 6pm
Holocaust commemoration for Teens
With talk by Holocaust survivor Lillian Judd.
Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 10:30am
Yom HaShoah V’Hagevurah Observance
Three Holocaust survivors tell their personal stories of survival.
At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 4 pm
Never Again: How Can We Make It So?
Yom HaShoah and genocide memorial with talk by Sonoma State professor Elaine Leeder, former visiting scholar at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 10:30 am
Monday, April 8
Yom HaShoah V’Hagevurah Remembrance
Reading of names followed by service with talk on the contributions of Jewish soldiers in World War II.
Peninsula Sinai Congregation, 499 Boothbay Ave, Foster City. 6:30pm
Tuesday, April 9
Yom Hashoah: Telling Our Stories
A community-wide commemoration in Oakland featuring survivors, Eva Libitzky & Missia Nudler. Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland, 7:45pm
The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning
Talk by James E. Young, professor of English and Judaic studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Sonoma State University, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4 p.m.
Santa Clara County Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
Music, candlelighting, prayer and focus on “turning points” in the stories of survivors.
County Government Center, board chambers, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose. 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10
Defense Language Institute Holocaust Commemoration
Speakers include professor of Hebrew studies Avner Even-Zohar.
Presidio of Monterey, Building 518, Monterey. 4 p.m.
Free, but RSVP to Avnerez1@yahoo.com by April 3.