Holocaust Remembrance  ~  2020  ~  Yom HaShoah


Next week, communities and organizations throughout Indiana, North America, and Israel will be conducting virtual programs and vigils to remember the Holocaust and mark Genocide Awareness & Prevention month. Please join us on Tuesday, April 21 @ 1pm for the virtual ceremony organized by Jewish communal organizations and synagogues in greater Indianapolis.  Below are links to events, resources, and articles that we encourage you to explore, attend, and share with your networks.


Holocaust Remembrance Programs 

Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley (South Bend), Sunday, April 19 @ 3pm

Congregation Achduth Vesholom (Fort Wayne), Monday, April 20 @ 7pm

State of Israel / Yad Vashem, Monday, April 20 @ 1pm (8pm in Israel)

Greater Indianapolis Jewish Community, Tuesday, April 21 @ 1pm

City of Carmel , Friday, April 24 @ 12pm

A 24 Hour Virtual Global Vigil, Wednesday, April 29 @ 11pm thru April 30

List of Virtual Programs Around the Country


Resources & Articles 

Lois Gunden: A Children’s Home in France, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

French teacher Lois Gunden traveled from Indiana to southern France to open a home for Spanish and Jewish refugee children.

Talking to Your Kids About the Holocaust, Jewish Federation fo Greater Indianapolis

This year Yom Hashoah comes at a time when most of us are at home, obeying shelter-in-place orders with our children. While discussing the Holocaust with your children can seem a little daunting, especially during all the uncertainty we are currently facing, it is still incredibly important to take this time to remember and perhaps impart some related life lessons. 

Q&A: How to Teach the Holocaust, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

This Q&A includes links to valuable resources that can be accessed from home and are designed to help students learn and grow without interruption

Strengths of Justice – Using One’s Voice: Mindful Explorations, IWitness USC Shoah Foundation

In this activity, students are asked to reflect on their ideas about using their voice against injustice. This activity contains testimony from Floyd Dade, Naomi Adler and Theary Seng.

Curated Resources For Yom Hashoah, Jewish Federation of North America

Now more than ever, it’s important to never forget. Use these resources to help your community mark Holocaust Remembrance Day from wherever they are.

Artificial Intelligence & Holocaust Stories, 60 Minutes

Survivors of the Holocaust now have the chance to preserve their stories in a way that allows them to directly answer future generations’ questions about their experiences. Includes testimony from Eva Kor.

Inspiration from Kovno Ghetto, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In the COVID-19 pandemic, as we face fear, uncertainty, and our own mortality, I have found comfort in reflecting on the remarkable attitude of the Jews imprisoned in the Kovno Ghetto.

April Is Genocide Awareness Month Thanks to Work of Local Religious and Political Leaders, WLFI 18

Rabbi Michael Harvey and State Rep. Chris Campbell worked to pass the resolution through the Indiana Statehouse this legislative session.

State of Indiana House Resolution 8

Full text of HR 8 recognizing April as Genocide Prevention and Awareness month.