Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, Glen Cove (Photo by Alex Nuñez)

Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaShoah in Hebrew commemorates the lives of the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Those who perished are remembered beginning at sundown on April 23 to the evening of April 24, eight days before Israeli Independence Day and 13 days after the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

To commemorate the lives lost, most Jewish communities will hold a remembrance ceremony or light candles while reciting the prayer for the departed, the Kaddish. The day may be observed in the synagogue, a communal vigil or with an educational program. Some communities or schools will read the names of Holocaust victims one after another throughout the day.

In Israel, Yom HaShoah begins at sundown with a ceremony in Warsaw Ghetto Square where the President and the Prime Minister deliver speeches and Holocaust survivors light six torches to symbolize the six million Jews who were killed. On April 24, an air raid siren will sound at 10 a.m. throughout the country and Israelis are expected to observe two minutes of silent reflection.

To remember all of the lives that perished during the Holocaust, the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County will hold its first annual Walk the Talk, Never Again 5K walk on April 23. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. while the walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds will support the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, which is located at 100 Crescent Beach Rd. in Glen Cove. For more information visit www.hmtcli.org/walk or call 516-571-8040.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage offers free admission all day on April 24 with survivors sharing stories in the galleries from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a Young Friends Event at 7 p.m. where a survivor will recount their story and explain how the next generation can continue the memory of those who had perished. The event is for ages 21-39. Tickets are $5 in advance and $15 at the door. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is located at 36 Battery Pl. in New York. Visit www.mjhnyc.org for details.

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Christina Claus
Christina Claus is the former editor of Port Washington News.

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