Yom HaShoah

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, May 5, 2024 • 3 – 5 PM • York JCC Auditorium • All are Welcome

Help us fill the world with the light of the six million to ensure that good triumphs over evil.

All are welcome to join the York JCC and Temple Beth Israel on Sunday, May 5 as we commemorate Yom HaShoah through prayer and song.

We will kindle lights for those lives lost, recite the kaddish for the 6 million, and remember those spirits who continue to shine light into the darkness of our world.

There is no cost to attend this service, and it is open to members and non-members* of all faiths.
*Non-members will need to present photo ID at the Front Desk upon entrance.

Presentation by Boaz Dvir
Fulfilling Holocaust Education’s Great Promise:
Uprooting Antisemitism Requires a New, Innovative Approach

During our Yom HaShoah service, Boaz Dvir, founding director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Initiative at Penn State, will discuss a new, innovative approach to uprooting antisemitism. Dvir, an award-wining filmmaker and associate professor, will  examine why traditional Holocaust education has never delivered on its great promise, what we can do to reverse the rise of hate against Jews and others, and how we can strengthen democracy.

founding director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Initiative at Penn State

For questions on Yom HaShoah or this service, please contact Adriel Resh, Director of Jewish Life and Culture, at aresh@yorkjcc.org.

About Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah, whose full name is Yom HaShoah V’HaGevurah, meaning the Day of the Holocaust and Heroism, is one of the more recent holidays added to the Jewish calendar. In many Jewish communities around the world, Yom HaShoah has become the primary Holocaust memorial day.

The Knesset, or Israeli parliament, passed the resolution creating Yom HaShoah in 1951. The 27th of Nisan (April or May) was chosen because it loosely corresponded to the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on Erev (evening of) Passover, the 14th of Nisan. However, because observing Yom HaShoah on that day would interfere with the preparations for Passover, it was not seriously considered as a potential national memorial day.

Many customs have become associated with the observance of Yom HaShoah in Israel. A two minute siren is heard twice during the day. Various ceremonies are held by schools and youth groups, and there is a state ceremony at Yad VaShem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial and Museum. Other rituals include hearing testimony from survivors, lighting memorial (yahrzeit) candles, reading the names of the deceased and wearing white.

Film Presentation – Monday, May 6

Join us on Monday, May 6 for video screenings of What I Remember, interviews with two Holocaust survivors with local ties to York, Nessy Marks and Bluma Shapiro. These showings are free and will be held at 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 6 PM in the York JCC auditorium. The interviews last approximately 30 minutes.

We will also have a poster exhibit available for viewing from 9 AM until close. 


This program is proudly supported by the Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.