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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016

April 27, 2016
Posted by: JCRC Staff

Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah Ceremonies in the Bay Area

Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, "The Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism," is marked annually on the 27th day in the month of Nisan, a week after the end of Passover. A variety of public observances will be held in recognition of this occasion throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

East Bay

May 1 - 11:30am, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley (City of Berkeley 14th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day)

May 1 - 2:00pm, Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Rd, Lafayette (Speaker: Ben Stern, Holocaust survivor)

May 1 - 4:00pm, Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley (Yes, We Sang! Songs of Communities that Disappeared)*

May 1 - 7:30pm, Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont (Interfaith Yom Hashoah Service)

May 3 - 7:30pm, Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St (28th Street at Webster), Oakland (Speaker: Ben Stern, Holocaust survivor)

May 4 - 7:00pm, Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond (Erev Yom HaShoah Service)

May 4 - 7:30pm, Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton (Speaker: Prof. Charlotte Fonrobert, Director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford)

North Bay

May 1 - 2:00pm, Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave, Santa Rosa (Sonoma County Yom HaShoah v’Gevurah Commemoration: Expressing the Experience of the Holocaust)

May 4 - 7:00pm, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Dr, Tiburon (From Generation to Generation We Pass on the Torch of Remembrance)


May 3 - 4:00pm, County of Santa Clara Holocaust Remembrance Event, County Government Building, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose (Child Holocaust Survivors: Refugee Experiences)

May 4 - 6:30pm, Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City (Speaker: Lenci Farkas, Holocaust survivor)

May 4 - 7:00pm, Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd, Los Altos Hills (Speaker: Dr. Andy David, Consul General of Israel)

San Francisco

May 1 - 1:30pm, JCCSF, 3200 California St, San Francisco (Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Artists, Muscians and Poets)

May 5 - 7:00pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco (Voices Carry: Music Bill Graham Loved Sung in Commemoration of Yom HaShoah)*

May 5 - 7:30pm, Beth Israel Judea/Or Shalom Jewish Community, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco (ERASED: Babi Yar, the SS and Me)

All are encouraged to attend, participate and pay tribute.

*ticketed event

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

PHOTO: "Yom Hashoah candle" by Valley2city (via Wikimedia Commons)