Your guide to 2021 (virtual) Yom HaShoah commemorations – The Forward

Despite a year of isolation and pandemic restrictions, Jewish communities across the country are finding ways to unite for Yom HaShoah, the annual memorial service to honor the more than six million Jews killed by Nazi and Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust.

From coast to coast, synagogues, cities, museums, Jewish community centers, and others host and organize virtual events to remember lost lives, honor survivors, and educate a new generation.

With the rise of anti-Semitism, white supremacy, racism and Holocaust denial, many of Yom HaShoah’s events aim to combat hatred and intolerance through speech, storytelling, music and culture.

To help you find ways to participate in this important Memorial Week, Forward has compiled a list of Yom HaShoah Virtual Events across the country.

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1. “Sephardic Victims of the Shoah” Los Angeles Holocaust Museum

The Los Angeles Holocaust Museum will host a live streaming memorial service for Yom HaShoah in honor of the Sephardic communities in southern Europe and North Africa who were victims of Nazi violence. The virtual ceremony, which takes place on Sunday, April 11, will include a keynote address by Dr. Aomoar Baum, Associate Professor & Vice President of Undergraduate Studies, UCLA Department of Anthropology, speech by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, performances by singers Shira Bouskila and Montana Tucker, and appearances by survivors.

While the museum itself remains closed due to pandemic restrictions, its event at Yom HaShoah is open to anyone who wants to join and honor the Sephardic community.

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2. Celebration of the Holocaust of the Governor of the Jewish Communities

In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine is hosting the 41st annual State Holocaust. In partnership with Ohio’s Jewish communities and hosted by North American Jewish federations, the event will focus on the importance of Holocaust education. In addition to the hearing by Holocaust survivor, Dr. Al Miller, the event will also include a conversation with Dr. Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation.

The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. on April 8 and will be available nationwide. Click here to register.

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3. United States Holocaust Remembrance Day

The USHMM is leading the United States in observing Memorial Days, established by Congress as an annual celebration of the nation’s Holocaust. The 2021 celebration, which will take place on April 8 at 11 a.m., will include remarks by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, whose father survived Auschwitz, and other camps.

The Museum also offers Remembrance Day resources for those who want to honor their celebration by posting on social media or organizing an event.

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4. Annual Milwaukee Celebration Ceremony

In Milwaukee, the community will meet for a special Yom HaShoah event featuring Holocaust survivor and retired physician Alfred Munzer. Munzer lost his father and two sisters in the Holocaust and recalled a Muslim family in the Netherlands. He has volunteered at USHMM for the past eight years translating calendars from Dutch into English for a five-volume series on Jewish persecution. Sponsored by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, the event will take place on Sunday, April 11 at 3 p.m.

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5. The Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial: A Virtual Community

In Miami, the Jewish Federation of Greater Miami hosts Yom HaShoah: A Virtual Watch for Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Ahead of the event, the Holocaust Memorial and the Miami Jewish Film Festival will air “Numbered” and “The Lost Brothers,” two Shoah-themed films, free Wednesday through April 7 from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 at 4 p.m.

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6. Boston JCRC: Preserving Our Collective Memory: Bridging Generations

Bostons can join the JCRC for the annual Holocaust Anniversary this year, recognizing the 25th anniversary of the New England Holocaust Memorial. The virtual event will include survivors’ reflections, music, art and poetry. The event will take place on Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m.

Ahead of Sunday celebration, Bostons can tune in to “The Shoah in Film: History From the Ashes,” in which Boston College professors and documentary filmmakers John and Susan Michalczyk present and discuss clips from series of Holocaust films. The film event is organized by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College and Boston College Hillel.

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7. Dallas Virtual Yom HaShoah Museum of Holocaust and Human Rights

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is also hosting its annual celebration almost this year. The free event will take place on April 8 at 7 p.m. with speakers such as Rabbi Stefan Weinberg of the Congregation Anshai Torah and Tamar Leventhal and Julie Robinowitz, both daughters of Holocaust survivors.

Attendees are invited to submit a tribute, cite a memorial tribute, or include their name in the Yom HaShoah Digital Memory Book.

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