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


Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah 2017

April 14, 2017
Posted by: Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

Holocaust Remembrance 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. This year it falls on Monday, April 24. In recognition of this occasion, a variety of public observances will be held around that date throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

East Bay

April 23 - 11:30am, Magnes Museum, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley (15th Annual Event. Honoring Yakov Harari, music by Rachel Valfer)

April 23 - 3:00pm, Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville (In Solidarity: The Voices Silenced, The Lessons Learned)

April 23 - 4:00pm, JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley (Yes, We Sang! Songs of Communities that Disappeared)*

April 23 - 7:00pm, Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St, Berkeley (Holocaust and Resistance Day of Commemoration)

April 23 - 7:30pm, Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont (Interfaith Yom Hashoah Service)

April 25 - 7:30pm, Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St, Oakland (In Solidarity: The Voices Silenced, The Lessons Learned)

North Bay

April 23 - 4:00pm, Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael (Marin County Yom HaShoah Observance)

April 30 - 2:00pm, Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa (Speaking for the Other: The Moral Obligation of Holocaust Memory)


April 23 - 6:00pm, Peninsula Congregation Sinai, 499 Boothbay Ave., Foster City (North Peninsula Yom HaShoah Observance)

April 23 - 7:00pm, Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills (Elie Wiesel’s Legacy: A Beacon of Humanity and Hope)

San Francisco

April 21 - 7:00pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco (Andrew Ramer on Pride Week’s Pink Triangle in Conjunction with Yom HaShoah)**

April 23 - 4:00pm, JCCSF, 3200 California St, San Francisco (Keynote Speaker: Stephen D. Smith, Ph.D.)


All are encouraged to attend, participate and pay tribute.

*ticketed event
**free with museum admission

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


PHOTO: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Barbara Goldschmied