Jewish Community Relations Councilof San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties


Holocaust Remembrance Bay Area 2019

April 10, 2019
Posted by: Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

Yom HaShoah V’HaGevurah, “The Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism,” is commemorated annually on the 27th of the month of Nisan, a week after the end of Passover on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. It is a day of remembrance for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. A variety of public observances will be held in recognition of this occasion throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

East Bay

April 28 – 11:30 a.m., 17th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley (This year, the community will honor Ralph Samuel, a survivor)

April 28-30 – 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Holocaust Memorial Exhibit, Bothwell Art Center, 2466 8th St., Livermore (Audio/video exhibit featuring eyewitness testimonies and paintings by local artist Larry Lagin)

May 1 – 6:30 p.m., Beth Emek Annual Yom Hashoah Commemoration, Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton (Finding Light Within the Darkness)

May 1 – 7:15 p.m., Community Yom HaShoah Observance, Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley (Who Will Write Our History)

May 2 – 7:30 p.m., East Bay Holocaust Commemoration, Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Rd., Lafayette (L’Dor VaDor – From generation to generation, we remember the Holocaust, honor survivors, and hear personal stories shared by their descendants)

May 5 – 7:30p.m., Tri-City Interfaith Council Yom HaShoah service, Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont (Keynote Speaker: Jim McGarry: The Holocaust as a Call to Conscience)

North Bay

May 1 – 7:00 p.m., Community Yom HaShoah Observance Program, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Dr, Tiburon

May 5 – 2:00 p.m., Sonoma County’s Annual Community-Wide Yom Hashoah Commemoration, Friedman Event Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa (Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Rosner, a Holocaust descendant and author of Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory


May 1 – 6:30 p.m., North Peninsula Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration, Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City (When Hate Goes Unchecked

May 1 – 7:00 p.m., South Peninsula Yom HaShoah v’Hagevurah Service of Remembrance, Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills (Time passes, but still we remember. Time passes, but we will never forget

May 1 – 7:00 p.m., Community Yom HaShoah Memorial Service, Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose (Guest Speaker: Max Garcia, a survivor)

May 2 – 4:00 p.m., County of Santa Clara Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony, County of Santa Clara Government Building, San Jose (Courageous Diplomats: Rescuers During the Holocaust)

San Francisco

April 17-May 19 – Holocaust remembrance project, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco (Lest We Forget)

May 1 – 4:30 p.m., Holocaust Remembrance Day in San Francisco, JCCSF, 3200 California St., San Francisco (Everyone Has a Name)

May 2 – 11:30 a.m., Lest We Forget - In Observance of Yom Ha'Shoah, City Hall, San Francisco (Guest Speaker: Mayor London Breed)

Central Valley

May 3 –  6:15 p.m., Yom HaShoah observance followed by Musical Shabbat Services, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Avenue, Modesto

All are encouraged to attend, participate and pay tribute.


If you are organizing a Yom HaShoah ceremony or similar commemoration and would like to have your event listed, please contact Jeremy Russell at


Photo: Holocaust Memorial at California Palace of the Legion of Honor by Waldemar Zboralski (2013)