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Yom Hashoah Commemorations


Yom HaShoah is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust. This year, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins at sundown on Wednesday, May 4.


The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will mark Yom Ha’Shoah on May 1 from 2-4 p.m., with a screening of “Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers,” an hour-long documentary about a group of young Polish women who outfoxed the Nazis during World War II to save the lives of thousands of Jewish children.

The film will be shown at Berkshire Museum’s Little Theater, 39 South St., in Pittsfield. Co-sponsored by the Polish Falcon Club of Pittsfield, this free event is open to all and will include a facilitated discussion and memorial candle lighting.

For more information, call (413) 442-4360, ext. 10.



On Thursday, May 5 there will be a community Yom Hashoah commemoration at 7 p.m. at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., in Springfield. The theme of the commemoration is “Making Meaning, Finding Hope.”

“In the face of catastrophe, how do we humans somehow respond?  All these years later I am humbled by our Jewish resilience,” says Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro of Sinai Temple.

“It is important that we as a community gather together to honor the memory of those who perished in the Shoah,” says Rabbi Amy Katz of Temple Beth El.  “While we may commemorate the Holocaust in our own way, privately, I believe that being with others in the community is especially meaningful.”

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Rabbi James Greene at the Springfield JCC, or (413) 739-4715.



The Central Massachusetts Yom Hashoah Commemoration will be held May 3 at 7 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St. in Westborough.

The evening will include the lighting of memorial candles by Holocaust survivors and their families in commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps. The program will include “Don’t Stand By: Sir Nicholas Winton Remembered,” with “Winton Child” Eva Paddock. Winton was a 29-year-old stock broker who saved 669 Jewish children in Prague, finding them homes in the UK.

The event will also include the recognition of winners of the annual Pinkhus andRhoda Gurevich Essay and Art contest.

For more information, call (508) 366-7191.


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