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Yom HaShoah

Close-up of flame of single yellow candle

Yom HaShoah is a day of mourning in Israel. Many stores close, music on the radio reflects the somber nature of the day, and most amazing is the sound of the siren.

Rabbi Victor S. Appell
Yellow raise boots on a wet wooden surface covered in leaves

"They know people died but nobody tells them about the worlds that were lost."

Julia Knobloch
Group of small yellow candles; flames of background candles are slightly out of focus

To make the ceremonies and reflections of Holocaust Remembrance Day meaningful, there must be ways it informs our decisions as Jews and as human beings all year long.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Barracks at Auschwitz Birkenau in the snow

As the son of Holocaust survivors, I ruled out the possibility of ever visiting a concentration camp. Doing so would be emotionally off the charts.

Marty Yura
People sitting in a synagogue for the congregations Yom HaShoah ceremony

Yom HaShoah is typically a somber time to reflect, and for me personally, to be angry at the world. Last year, however, was different.

Virginia Ring with Dr. Deborah Fripp
Right hand index finger making concentric circles in a light-filled pond

Thriving Reform Jewish congregations in Israel can help Israelis meet modern life and all its challenges in today's Promised Land.

Rabbi Galit Cohen-Kedem
Grainy image of the Warsaw Ghetto in flames during the Warsaw Uprising

This original poem by a Reform Jewish poet was written for the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula and was initially recited at this year's Yom HaShoah's observance.

Stacey Zisook Robinson
Young girl waving large Israeli flad on a pole

Reform Judaism has a window of opportunity among Israelis who now see how progressive forms of Judaism can shape the future of the State of Israel.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
Tealights lit in honor of Yom HaShoah

After hearing Rose’s story, the Shoah was transformed from solely being a part of the Jewish narrative to being a part of the human consciousness.

Tony J. Westbrook, Jr.
Old gravestone with Hebrew lettering

Read about one man’s conviction that he was summoned to Poland by his ancestral spirits to receive their desperate plea: Do not forget us!

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

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