Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day is a memorial day for those who died in the Shoah.
Shoah, which means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew, refers to the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II. The Shoah also known as the Holocaust, from a Greek word meaning “sacrifice by fire.” Yom HaShoah occurs on the 27th of Nisan.
Read more about the history and customs of Yom HaShoah.
Yom HaShoah at Congregation Emeth
At Congregation Emeth, we have observed Yom HaShoah in a variety of ways. Rabbi Israel will present a Shabbat sermon on a topic related to the Shoah. Recently, a panel of Emeth members who are second-generation descendants of Holocaust survivors reflected on the significance of the Holocaust to them. In 2002 on Yom HaShoah, we dedicated Emeth’s Holocaust memorial at our Jewish cemetery. We also publicize and participate in community-wide Yom HaShoah programming provided by the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley.