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


Holocaust Remembrance Bay Area 2020

April 17, 2020
Posted by: Jeremy Russell, Director of Communications and Marketing

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 are traditionally held in recognition of this occasion throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. This year, with the strict orders for social distancing, Bay Area clergy and community organizations will use online platforms to bear witness to those who perished and educate about the meaning of this legacy.

East Bay

April 20 – Berkeley Synagogues' virtual commemoration will include a talk by community member and survivor Ernst Valfer, 7:30 p.m. Registration required.

April 20 – Congregation Beth Emek's Yom HaShoah Commemoration featuring Guest Speaker Leon Malmed, 7:30 p.m. Registration required.

April 20 Congregation B’nai Shalom's Yom HaShoah Gathering, 7:30 p.m. Please contact for participation information. 

North Bay

April 21The Marin County Virtual Yom HaShoah: Remembrance of the Holocaust is being commemorated with a special video and at 5:00 p.m. the community is invited to light a candle in memory of the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

April 17-20 – Sonoma County’s Annual Community-Wide Yom Hashoah Commemoration will not take place this year, and instead, starting this evening, the participating congregations will be hosting virtual commemorations.


April 20 – North Peninsula Community-wide Commemoration: "75 Years Beyond Liberation: Am Yisrael Chai," 6:30 p.m. - Registration required.

April 20 – South Peninsula Online Community Commemoration, "Out of Darkness into Light: 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII." (Recorded event will be available online on the Virtual OFJCC site.)

San Francisco

April 20-21Yom HaShoah 2020: A Virtual Commemoration presented by the JFCS Holocaust Center.


All are encouraged to 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