Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County in cooperation with Lehrhaus Judaica presents Sonoma County’s Annual Community-wide
Yom Hashoah Commemoration

When: Sunday, April 15, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: 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 and not repeated.

For survivors, victims, and their families, the experience of the Holocaust is deeply rooted in personal memories. However, as the number of survivors dwindles and time passes, the lessons of the Holocaust must be transmitted to our collective memory so that it will never be forgotten. Students today will be the last to experience personal accounts of those who survived the Holocaust.

The featured speaker is Fred Rosenbaum, founder of Lehrhaus Judaica and author of two volumes on the ghettos of the Holocaust. This year’s program is inspired by Rywka’s Diary, The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto, first published by Jewish Family and Children’s Services in partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica. The program will also include the traditional candle-lighting ritual by survivors and descendants, presentation of the essay contest winners, and musical presentations.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Yellow Memorial Candles will be available to attendees for lighting at home (donations gratefully accepted), The event will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Co-sponsored by Sonoma County Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Lehrhaus Judaica; the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide at Sonoma State University (SSU); Chevra Kadisha of Sonoma County (Jewish Burial Society); the North Bay Chapter of Hadassah; Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties; Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; and Sonoma County synagogues.

Please see the attachment of the Memorial Book form for members to fill out (click here), if they have lost loved ones in the Shoah.  These forms need to be sent back to Gesher Calmenson (gesherc@sonic.net or JCC office office@jccsoco.org) ASAP.  They can also be sent via mail to: Jewish Community Center, 1301 Farmers Lane, Suite 103, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.