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Holocaust Remembrance Bay Area 2021

March 26, 2021
Posted by: JCRC Staff

Yom HaShoah V’HaGevurah, "The Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism," is a day of remembrance for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

A variety of public observances are being held in recognition of this occasion throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 6 - Love Lives in Marin: Holocaust Remembrance & Raising Awareness of Antisemitism

The Marin Interfaith Council, Congregation Kol Shofar and Congregation Rodef Sholom invite you to remember the Holocaust and raise awareness about antisemitism in Marin County. Stories of resilience and messages of faith and hope will be shared.

April 7 - Virtual Commemoration - We Remember

On April 7, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for a virtual reading of the names and community Yizkor service. Program will feature a special conversation between guest scholar Dr. Deborah Lipstadt and Dr. Anita Friedman, Executive Director of JFCS. Two additional days of programming will follow on April 8 and 9.

April 7 - North Peninsula Strength and Hope: Emerging from the Darkness

Join with the North Peninsula Jewish Community for the annual commemoration remembering the martyrs who perished and honoring our community’s survivors. Commemoration will include a virtual procession of survivors, candle lighting, survivors’ biographies, prayer, music, and song.

April 7 - South Peninsula Yom HaShoah v’Hagevurah Service of Remembrance

Commemorate Yom HaShoah v’Hagevurah by watching an on-line service including biographies of survivors’ experiences delivered by local high school students; reflections and readings about life at Terezin delivered by middle school students; prayers led by local rabbis; and music. The program will be broadcast on this website starting April 7 at 7:00 p.m. It will be available for viewing for two weeks.

April 7 - Berkeley Synagogues' Yom HaShoah Commemoration

This event will be held on Zoom. For security, registration required.

April 7 - Remembering the Holocaust in Music

Sari Greenberg will perform songs written during and after WWII including Eli, Eli; The Partisan Song, and Prayer for The Children. Her performance will also include songs especially written for films on the Holocaust, such as Schindler's List. Sponsored by the Contra Costa JCC. Co-sponsors: Beth Chaim Cong., CCJDS, Cong. Beth Emek, Cong. B'nai Shalom, Cong. B'nai Tikvah, EBIJFF and Temple Isaiah. A reading of the names will follow the concert.

April 8 - Marin Community Yom HaShoah VeHaGevurah Commemoration

Join Congregation Rodef Sholom in Remembrance of the Holocaust and Acts of Courage.

April 8 - City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Event

The City of Berkeley invites you to its 18th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Program, honoring Survivors and remembering all those who perished in the Holocaust.

April 11 - Echoes of the Holocaust in Salonica: In Search of Uncle Salomon

Sacramento’s Virtual Holocaust Commemoration will feature nationally acclaimed speaker Dr. Devin E. Naar, the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, University of Washington.

April 11 - Oakland Congregations Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Intergenerational presentation of music, stories and poetry, featuring words of encouragement from local Holocaust survivors and jointly sponsored by Beth Jacob Congregation, Temple Beth Abraham and Temple Sinai in Oakland.

April 11 - Sonoma County Yom Hashoah Commemoration

This year’s commemoration will include both live and pre-recorded elements featuring video footage of Hans Angress, Al and Susanne Batzdorff, and Lillian Judd. There will be musical performances by Erica Wisner of Congregation Shomrei Torah, Congregation Ner Shalom’s Good Shabbos Band, and Cantorial Soloist Fredi Bloom. There will also be a candle lighting ceremony honoring Jewish survivors, Roma, Gays & Lesbians, Disabled, Righteous Gentiles, and Political Prisoners during the Holocaust, and those targeted by genocide.

April 11 - The Tri-City Interfaith Council's annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust) Remembrance Service

This year, Ralph Samuel will be the featured speaker. Mr. Samuel was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1931. At age 7½, he was sent alone on a Kindertransport to England to escape the Holocaust. At the outbreak of war, he was evacuated to the English countryside to escape the expected bombing. His talk is titled, “Remembering the Kindertransports.”

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


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