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World Holocaust Memorial Day – April 20, 2020 – 27th Nisan, 5780

April 19, 2020 - April 26, 2020, All Day

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Under ordinary non-virus circumstances the BJC would be hosting a Holocaust memorial program at the downtown Nidhe Israel synagogue.  In the absence of conducting a public event, the community offers the following resources compiled by BJC President Scott Oran.  This information will remain posted for a week after the designated memorial day.

The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah“– literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers).

The date was selected by the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on April 12, 1951. It has become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide.

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While Yom Hashoah rituals are still in flux there is no question that this day holds great meaning for Jews worldwide.  The overwhelming theme that runs through all observances is the importance of remembering — recalling the victims of this catastrophe, and insuring that such a tragedy never happen again.

Other links with related information worth listening to are here

(borrowed from Rabbi Kripper’s posting)

Eli Eli:

Rabbi Thomas Salamon’s Commemoration:

The Unforgotten Childhood: Children murdered in the Holocaust:

The Partisans’ Song (Yiddish): sung by school children across Eastern Europe:

El Male Rachamim, Listening to the powerful voice of IDF Chief Cantor Lt. Col Shai Abramson saying the memorial prayer for six million, it is hard not to tear:

Hatikva from Yad Vashem;