Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Yom Hashoah Commemoration
L’dor Vador
From Generation to Generation
Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Friedman Event Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa

Sonoma County’s Annual Community-Wide Yom Hashoah Commemoration

We are honored to have Elizabeth Rosner, a Holocaust descendant and author of Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, as the keynote speaker. We will also hear from Rena Victor, who was hidden during the Holocaust, her daughter Susan Victor, and her grandson Micah Victor Lesch. The event will include music by the Elsie Allen High School Choir, and the traditional candle-lighting ritual by Holocaust survivors and descendants, as well as candles for the victims of genocides worldwide, and presentation of the Essay contest winners.

All are Welcome — Admission is Free. Yellow Memorial Candles will be
available for lighting at home (donations gratefully accepted).

The event will be interpreted in American Sign Language.


Co-sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide at Sonoma State University (SSU); Chevra Kadisha of Sonoma County (Jewish Burial Society); Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County (JCCSOCO); Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties; Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) North Bay Region; Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Sonoma Region; North Bay Chapter of Hadassah; and Congregations Beth Ami, B’nai Israel, Ner Shalom, Shir Shalom and Shomrei Torah.


Student Essay Contest
Sonoma County Middle School and High School students are invited to participate in an Essay Contest on the theme of the Holocaust. Middle School and High School will be judged separately. Monetary prizes will be awarded at Middle School and High School levels.

SUBJECT: What are the personal lessons you have learned about the Holocaust? Based on your experiences, what do you think needs to be passed on L'dor V'dor (from generation to generation)?
Entry Form Here

Here are some ideas you might consider exploring in your essay:
• How can you make a difference in addressing intolerance or countering bullying today?
• How were you personally influenced by a classroom lesson, book, movie, presentation by a Holocaust survivor or descendant, poem, or museum visit?
• How have your own thoughts, actions, or behaviors changed because of what you have learned about the Holocaust?


ELIGIBILITY Open to all Sonoma County students in grades 6–8 (middle school) and grades 9–12 (high school).

DEADLINE Extended to midnight on April 5, 2019. Late entries not accepted.

WINNERS $250 cash prizes will be awarded to the winners at both the Middle School and High School levels.

Winners will be notified by April 15, and recognized at the Yom Hashoah Commemoration in Santa Rosa on May 5, 2019, at which time the prizes will be presented.

FORMAT Written essay only, not to exceed 1,000 words. Submit as Word or PDF file. Double spaced, one side. Include completed cover sheet. Student name should not appear on any page other than the cover sheet. For identification purposes, on each essay page include the last 4 digits of the phone number shown on the cover sheet. 

Entry Form Here


SUBMIT Via email to
Subject line: Holocaust Essay Contest


PRIZES ARE DONATED in honor of Holocaust survivors Leo Schweitzer and Susy Raful, of blessed memory, by their families.