Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Sonoma County’s Yom Hashoah Observance - Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2 pm

Join us for the Annual Sonoma County Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony:

Regeneration: Lessons from the Holocaust

Location: The Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa

Every year on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) communities around the world hold ceremonies in memory of those who died and to ensure that this genocide, in which six million Jews were killed, is not forgotten. This year, Sonoma County’s annual Holocaust commemoration, “Regeneration: Lessons from the Holocaust”, will be dedicated to passing on the timeless and important memory of the Holocaust to the next generation.

As the number of living Holocaust survivors continues to diminish, this year’s theme reflects the critical role that young people will have in sharing the individual stories and universal themes of the Holocaust.  The “Righteous Conversations Project”, a collaboration between Holocaust survivors and teens using film and new media to give voice to injustice taking place today will be featured and a short film, “Not Standing Idly By” created by project participants will be shown. 

The ceremony will also include a candle lighting ceremony by Sonoma County’s Holocaust survivors–each escorted by a teen and several readings written by young adults including the winning essay of the Susy Raful Student Essay Contest.   Hans Angress, a local Sonoma County survivor, will speak on behalf of survivors.     

The commemoration is co-sponsored by Sonoma County synagogues, Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, The Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, and the Jewish Community Relations Council, North Bay Region.

For information, visit www.jccsoco.org or contact Paula Simon, North Regional Director, Jewish Community Relations Council, at psimon@jcrc.org or 415-492-2127.