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Yom HaShoah events in the Bay Area

Yom HaShoah, commemorating the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, begins the evening of Wednesday, April 11 this year and ends at nightfall on Thursday, April 12. Bay Area events include candlelighting, archival exhibits and testimonies by local survivors. All events are free unless otherwise indicated.


San Francisco

Congregation Sherith Israel. Exhibit “Shoah: How Was It Humanly Possible?” includes archival material and testimony from survivors. Co-hosted by Yad Vashem. Monday, April 16 through Thursday, April 19 at the synagogue, 2266 California St., S.F. RSVP required; contact programs@sherithisrael.org.

JCC of San Francisco. 40th anniversary of the city’s Yom HaShoah commemorations. Presented by Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Lehrhaus Judaica and the Jewish Community Relations Council. Hana Berger Moran, who was born in a concentration camp, will speak. Wednesday, April 11 at the JCC, 3200 California St., S.F. 6-7:15 p.m.


Peninsula & South Bay

Congregation Beth Am. Local teens present the stories of six survivors. Community service honors those who died during the Shoah and non-Jews who protected Jews from the Nazis. Wednesday, April 11 at the synagogue, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 7-8:30 p.m.

Congregation Beth David. With keynote speaker Thomas Klein. Wednesday, April 11 at the synagogue, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga. 7-8:30 p.m.

Peninsula Temple Sholom. Survivor Leon Rajninger speaks. Includes art show by local students and reading of martyrs’ names. Wednesday, April 11 at the synagogue, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame. 6:30 p.m. memorial reading, 7 p.m. formal service.

Santa Clara County Holocaust Remembrances: Finding the Hope From Generation to Generation. Featuring survivors Fanny Grizolet and Anna Rubin with daughters Sophie Duckett and Haya Rubin. Tuesday, April 10 at Santa Clara Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose. 4 p.m.


East Bay

City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day. Featuring survivor Hana Berger Moran, clarinetist Mike Perlmutter and storyteller Joel Ben Izzy. Sunday, April 8 at the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Congregation B’nai Shalom. Storyteller Joel Ben Izzy honors 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Sunday, April 8 at the synagogue, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 3-4:30 p.m. Also Wednesday, April 11 at Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley, 7-8:30 p.m.

Congregation Beth Emek. Screening of “I Shall Not Be Silent,” about Rabbi Joachim Prinz, who became a civil rights leader in the U.S. after being expelled from Nazi Germany. Part of Under One Tent. Wednesday, April 11 at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. 7 p.m.  


North Bay

JCC Sonoma County. Lehrhaus Judaica founder and Holocaust historian Fred Rosenbaum speaks on “Rywka’s Diary,” the written testimony of a girl from the Lodz Ghetto. Sunday, April 15 at the Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2-4 p.m.

Osher Marin JCC. Yahrzeit candlelighting and testimony from survivors. Sunday, April 15 at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. 4-5:30 p.m.


Northern California

Jewish Federation of Sacramento. Eva Fogelman, psychologist and daughter of Holocaust survivors, discusses her Pulitzer-nominated book “Conscience and Courage” and what we can learn from survivors. Survivors and descendants of survivors invited to pre-event candlelighting. Sunday, April 15 at Mosaic Law Congregation, 2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento. 6:30 p.m.