Yom HaShoah

CHJ usually holds an annual YOM HA’SHOAH Commemoration every year in April or May, usually on a Friday or Saturday during the week designated as Holocaust Remembrance Week by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  In the past, our congregation was fortunate to have Jolly Zeleny, Lou Reens and Dana Preis’ father Zelig Preis graciously, again and again, tell stories of their survival during the Holocaust.  Jolly and Zelig are no longer with us and Lou has moved away. This year members are invited to participate in community events hosted at other venues.  See below for two.

Yom Ha’Shoah is a teachable moment. Our Sunday School students learn about the Holocaust and our commemoration provides them and their families with the opportunity to listen to survivors tell their stories.

In addition to remembering the Holocaust and honoring its survivors, we affirm how important it is to continue asking the question “What can the Holocaust teach us about society and ourselves today?” Here are some of the most important answers:

  • Understanding that people make choices and choices make history
  • Understanding the warning signs of genocide and the 8 stages of genocide
  • Inspiring Action
  • Preventing Genocide
  • Honoring Rescuers: Jews and Gentiles
  • Bearing Witness with survivors and rescuers
  • Reckoning with History
  • Confronting the Holocaust: America’s response, Europe’s response, the world’s response

Yom Ha’Shoah was inaugurated in 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.  It is held on the 27th of Nisan (April/May), unless the 27th would be adjacent to Shabbat, in which case the daate is shifted by a day.

The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims.


Wednesday, May 1, 7-9 PM
Service featuring Survivor Testimony
Temple Shalom
259 Richards Ave., Norwalk

Speaker: Endre (Andy) Sarkany, originally from Budapest, Hungary
Performance of a combined choral piece under the direction of Art Gang from TCS in Westport

INFO: Stacy Kamisar: skamisar@jewishphilanthropyct.org\


Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 PM
36th Annual Town of Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration
First Church Congregational
148 Beach Road, Fairfield

Featured speaker: Alan Moskin, a combat veteran of General George Patton’s Third Army during World War II and a liberator of Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, a sub-camp of Mauthausen

INFO: https://bit.ly/2GEu9BH

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