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Holocaust Remembrance Bay Area 2022

April 11, 2022
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.

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

April 26 - Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Consulate General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest is partnering with Hillel of Silicon Valley, Club Z, and Students Supporting Israel at SJSU to host a special Holocaust Commemoration event at San Jose State University. This event is open to the public and does not require registration. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and mask are required.

April 27 - Everyone Has A Story. Yom HaShoah: A Virtual Commemoration

Join the JFCS Holocaust Center for a virtual reading of the names and community yizkor service. Clergy from San Francisco synagogues and the Israeli Consul General will participate. Plus: Yom Hashoah: the Memory of the Past and the Moral Responsibilities of the Present: Dr. Anita Friedman in conversation with Yoav Potash, filmmaker, and Aaron Tartakovsky, community leader.

April 27 - North Peninsula Holocaust Commemoration

Featuring Lily Grunfeld, who at eighteen years old traveled from her small town in Romania to visit her sister in Hungary, never to see most of her family again. She endured the ghetto in Budapest and survived due to the efforts of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. All are welcome to this free, virtual, community event.

April 27 - South Peninsula Yom HaShoah v’Hagevurah Service of Remembrance

The service will include the stories of survivors recorded and presented by local teens; and music, song and visual art in remembrance. The video recording of the service will be available on this website on Wednesday, April 27, and for several days after that.

April 27 - Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day at Kol Shofar

Holocaust survivors will tell their stories and reflect on the increase on antisemitism today.

April 27 - Strength & Courage: Then & Now Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Jointly sponsored by Beth Jacob Congregation, Temple Beth Abraham, and Temple Sinai.

April 28 - A Day of Commemoration in Honor of Holocaust Remembrance

Presented by the JFCS Holocaust Center in partnership with New Lehrhaus and the Center for Jewish Studies at UC Davis.

April 28 - City of Berkeley 19th annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

Honoring Adela Mayer, distringuished survivor. A candle lighting in memory of lost family and friends frames the hour-long program, created in partnership with Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay (JFCS East Bay) and Jewish Community Center East Bay (JCC East Bay). Online event.

April 28 - Contra Costa JCC Evening on the Holocaust

Guest speaker Dr. Michael Berenbaum served as Deputy Director of the President's Commission on the Holocaust, Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and president of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation created by Steven Spielberg. Dr. Berenbaum will speak on the use and misuse of the Holocaust memory. Admission is free and open to the public. To watch the commemoration online, visit:

April 29 - Modesto Yom HaShoah Observance

The Congregation Beth Shalom Center for Jewish Life will host a Yom HaShoah obsernace at 6:45 p.m. followed by a Musical Shabbat Service.

May 1 - Annual Sonoma County Yom Hashoah Commemoration

The theme of this year's commemoration will be Speaking Up and Standing Up. Three local Holocaust survivors or descendants – Eric Angress, Miriam Susan Dregéy, and Sandy Feldhorn – will be sharing how they were helped by “upstanders” who did the right thing. There will be musical performances as well as candle lighting by Jewish and other Holocaust survivors and those targeted by genocide. The program is free, but registration is required to access the Zoom link.

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