Yom Hashoah begins Wednesday evening, April 7, 2021 and ends at nightfall on Thursday, April 8.

Lifelong Learning Film Club – Wednesday, April 7, 5:00 pm

In observance of Yom HaShoah we will discuss La Rafle.

TLC Yom Hashoah Book Club – Wednesday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.

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Join Lead Teen Educator Robin Wald and fellow Bet Torah teens (open to TLC and 7th graders) as we delve deeper into Holocaust learning and the themes of responsibility and forgiveness, through a discussion of Simon Wiesenthal’s Sunflower.

Virtual Minyan on Erev Yom Hashoah – Wednesday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.

Join us at minyan erev Yom Hashoah where we will honor the memory of the six million. Virtual minyan schedule and Zoom links.

Bet Torah Yom Hashoah Commemoration – Sunday, April 11, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Featuring prayers, candle lighting, community speakers, and reflections from the Zayin (7) class. Come be a witness to the witness.

Kulanu Learning Program Zayin (7) student work will be a part of this program, based on our teens’ exploration of personal testimonies archived in the Bet Torah Holocaust Remembrance Website

Appropriate for 5th grade and above.

Zikaron BaSalon BaZoom with Survivor Judy Altmann– Tuesday, April 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Open to Bet Torah teens in 7th grade, and all Jewish teens in 8th-12th grade, including METNY USYers. Hosted by Bet Torah’s Nosh and Drash.

Town of New Castle Annual Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony – Thursday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Town of New Castle Holocaust and Human Rights Committee and Horace Greeley High School E.N.O.U.G.H. (Educate Now On Understanding Genocide and Hate).

The New Castle Holocaust Memorial serves as a place where individuals and families can come together to learn, to remember, and to reflect on lessons from the Holocaust.  The virtual Yom Hashoah Ceremony will commemorate the six million Jews and millions of others who were persecuted and murdered simply because of who they were and what they believed.  The Ceremony will honor those who survived the Holocaust and those who risked their lives to save them.

We will serve as witnesses to keynote speaker and Holocaust Survivor Paul Edelsberg (father of Bet Torah’s Tema Bomback).  Edelsberg was born in Poland and survived the war by working at a labor camp and then escaping and joining the partisans.

Bet Torah Memorial Exhibit and Project

Bet Torah is embarking on a Holocaust Memorial Project that will provide information and educate the community about the synagogue’s Holocaust Survivors from generation to generation.

What is Yom Hashoah?

The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah“– literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan, a week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers).

The date was selected by the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on April 12, 1951. The full name became formal in a law that was enacted by the Knesset on August 19, 1953. Although the date was established by the Israeli government, it has become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide.