Tennessee Holocaust Commission

Holocaust Remembrance Month

APRIL 2018

Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaShoah (in Hebrew) is commemorated annually on the 27th day of Nisan on the Jewish calendar marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The date was selected by the Israeli Parliament, Knesset, on April 12, 1951. Yom HaShoah became formalized into law on August 19, 1953. Although the date was established by the Israeli government, it has become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide.
In Israel, Yom HaShoah is commemorated by a one minute blare of sirens throughout the country; it is observed in silence. Wherever Israelis are, they stop what they are doing - if they are driving, they pull their cars over to the side of the road and stand next to their vehicles, if they are at home or in their business, often they will go outside or stand where they are. It is a unifying moment, cutting across religious barriers, generation gaps and economic status.
The United States Congress passed legislation in 1980 establishing the national Days of Remembrance as our nation's annual commemoration for the victims of the Holocaust. The Tennessee Holocaust Commission has organized and planned the Tennessee State Commemoration for 34 years.  This year's Tennessee State Day of Remembrance was held on March 27th prior to the end of the legislative session.
This year the National Holocaust Day of Remembrance is April 12, 2018. Many communities will be hosting commemorations across the country throughout the month of April.
Click Here for Warsaw Ghetto link
Click Here for Yom HaShoah Link

Click Here to view a live broadcast of the remembrance ceremony at Yad Vashem

Click Here to access educational resources and materials from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  This link provides materials for classroom use and assistance developing a commemorative ceremony.
Living On: Tennesseans Remembering the Holocaust 
Living On DVD
The documentary  Living On: Tennesseans Remembering the Holocaust  is available for sale through the Tennessee Holocaust Commission. The
Living On documentary follows the Tennessee Holocaust Commission in its efforts to interview and photograph all survivors and liberators of the Holocaust currently living in Tennessee. The one-hour documentary by NPT Producer Will Pedigo presents the powerful testimony of Tennessee's survivors and liberators as they remember the tragedy, loss and shock of the Holocaust. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018-2:20-4:30PM
Join us for a free screening and discussion of  Living On: Tennesseans Remembering the Holocaust.  R SVPs are requested; seating will be on a first come, first served basis.
This event is part of the citywide  Violins of Hope  events happening in Nashville this spring.
Nashville Downtown Public Library|615 Church St.|Nashville, TN 37219

Living On Traveling Photo Exhibit
living on The Living On traveling exhibit will be displayed on:

April 15th-May 27th, 2018
At the Nashville Downtown Public Library as part of the Violins of Hope Exhibit
Nashville Downtown Public Library             
615 Church Street|Nashville, TN 37219

Commemorations Across Tennessee
The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee will host the Community-Wide commemoration of Yom HaShoah at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on
Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m.   The Commemoration will be held immediately before the start of the concert featuring Pinchas Zukerman at 7pm. There will be a brief service led by community rabbis, including candle lighting by survivors and their families. For more information contact Deborah Oleshansky, the Federation's director of community relations, at (615) 354-1647 or  deborah@jewishnashville.org  
Schermerhorn Symphony Center | One Symphony Place| Nashville, TN 37201
The Memphis Jewish Federation will host the 56th Memphis Community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Memphis Jewish Community Center.  Roger Brooks, President & CEO of  Facing History & Ourselves , will give the keynote presentation at this year's event, examining clandestine photographs of the Lodz Ghetto taken by Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross. Hired to take propaganda photos of the Lodz Ghetto, Mr. Ross secretly captured the horrific and very human daily lives of the Jews sealed into the ghetto.  Contact Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein for more information at  901-767-7100  or email at : bzuckerbrot-finkelstein@jcpmemphis.org
Jewish Community Center | 6560 Poplar Avenue | Memphis, TN 38138

The joint greater Knoxville-Oak Ridge community Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day Observance will be held Saturday, April 15th at 3 pm at Temple Beth El, 3037 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.  Contact Laura Berry for more information at  865-690-6343  or email her at  lberry@jewishknoxville.org
Temple Beth El| 3037 Kingston Pike| Knoxville, TN 37919

The Chattanooga Jewish Federation will host the community Yom HaShoah observance on Wednesday, April, 11th at 7:00p.m. at The Jewish Cultural Center. The program will begin with a candle lighting ceremony at 7:00 p.m., which will include prayers and readings by rabbis and members of the community. Linda Hooper, former principal of Whitwell Middle School, will speak about the Children's Holocaust Memorial, which she spearheaded, and about the Paper Clip Project and film. She will be joined by Cassie Yawn, a young student who was featured in the film, and by students Madison Gamble and Carsen Hudson. There is no cost to attend. For more information about this event or the Cultural Center, contact Ann Treadwell at (423) 493-0270, ext. 13 or visit the Center's website: website:  jewishchattanooga.com
The Jewish Federation of Chattanooga|5461 N.Terrace Rd.|Chattanooga, TN 37411 
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