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Yom HaShoah


Interview with Holocaust Survivor Estelle Laughlin on Monday, April 5th at 7pm

In partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Temple Israel of Albany  will be hosting Holocaust Survivor Estelle Laughlin for an interview and Q & A via Zoom. Registration required. Information will be sent to registrants before the program. Click here to register. 

Opposition to Nazi Rule in Experience and Memory on Tuesday, April 6th at 4pm

The University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies hosts Professor Mark Roseman of Indiana University Bloomington, author of “Lives Reclaimed: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany,” for this online presentation, in partnership with the Ann Arbor JCC.

The rescue that we know is the rescue of memory. Driven by the search for heroes and “righteous gentiles,” and relying on interviews, conducted decades after the event, the public commemoration and the academic scholarship of rescue have been largely oblivious to the ways in which the experience of rescue  has been refracted and reworked in postwar memory. Using the remarkable archive of the League of Socialist Life, this talk seeks both to understand the wartime experience of helping Jews and to historicize the postwar remembrance of resistance and rescue. Click here to register for the zoom link.


Live Broadcast of Holocaust Remembrance Day Opening Ceremony 2021 on Wednesday, April 7th at 1pm

The central state ceremony, marking the start of Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day in Israel, will be held at Yad Vashem on Wednesday night, April 7th at 20:00. The ceremony will be held in the presence of the President of the State of Israel and the Prime Minister, dignitaries and Holocaust survivors.


Yom HaShoah: Honoring Jewish Resilience and Storytelling on Wednesday, April 7th at 8pm

Four international artist-educators engage in a powerful conversation preserving cultural memory and paying tribute through art and story.  Presented in partnership with the JCC Association of North America and J Virtual. Free with advance registration.  Click here to register.  

Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration on Thursday, April 7th at 8pm 

Hosted by Jewish Federation of NENY, Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center, and Capital District Board of Rabbis, a Yom Ha'Shoah Community-wide Holocaust Commemoration will feature ten local Shoah survivors lighting candles in memory of those lost. Please join us virtually on Wednesday evening, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. as we remember those who perished in the Shoah, affirm the heroism of the resisters and honor the survivors who emerged from the darkness of the Holocaust to build new lives and new families, strengthen Jewish communal institutions, and help create the State of Israel. The commemoration will take place LIVE at

2021 International March of the Living on Thursday, April 8th at 10am

International March of the Living will hold a Virtual March on Holocaust Remembrance Day led by Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, Holocaust survivors, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, Jewish Agency Chair Yitzhak Herzog, KKL Chair Avraham Duvdevani and Rabbi Israel Meir Lau.

Songs of Remembrance: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of Yom HaShoah on Thursday, April 8th at 2pm

Although in the early 1950s Israel’s parliament passed a resolution establishing Yom HaShoah, this “Holocaust & Heroism Remembrance Day” has become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide.  Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through an array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of remembrance along the way.  Free with Advance Registration. For details & tickets, click here. 

Yom HaShoah: Legacies of the Holocaust: Antisemitism in the 20th and 21st Centuries on Thursday, April 8th at 6pm

Dr. Amy Simon of Michigan State University will explore the legacy of the hatred of Jews during the Holocaust and how and why it continues to impact the globe. She will also address the current impact of the evolution of antisemitism on perceptions of Zionism and anti-Zionism.

This program is presented by the Israel Center @ the J in partnership with the Eastern Michigan University Center for Jewish Studies and the University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. Dr. Martin Shichtman, director of the EMU Center for Jewish Studies and professor in the EMU Department of English will introduce Dr. Simon, and Dr. Jeff Veidlinger, the Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies will moderate the question and answer period. There is no charge to participate. Click here to register online or call (734) 971-0990 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

MJCCA Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents A Special Yom HaShoah Program on Sunday, April 11th at 2pm

Introductory Remarks and Memorial Prayer: Rabbi Brian Glusman, Atlanta.  Zoom Author Talk & Q & A with  Daniel Lee, The SS Officer's Armchair: Uncovering the Hidden Life of a Nazi.  Based on documents discovered concealed within a simple chair for seventy years, this gripping investigation into the life of a single S.S. officer during World War Two encapsulates the tragic experience of a generation of Europeans. Free with advance registration.   For details & tickets click here. 


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