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On Yom HaShoah We Take the Time to Learn and Remember

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Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins the evening of April 27th and ends the evening of April 28th. On this day, we remember the 6 million Jews whose lives were lost in the Holocaust, celebrate the survivors, and honor the heroes who helped save Jews. While it can be difficult to reflect on this terrible moment in history, it is important that we never forget the Holocaust and that history does not repeat itself. When we have a good understanding of our history, we can recognize antisemitic behavior and speak up to make a difference in our world.

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, our Springboard team wanted to share 6 ways you can commemorate the holiday:

1. Visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Museum, located in Skokie, is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost, and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference.

2. Learn and Share Survivors Stories

 A Springboard innovation grant supports, past 18 Under 18 Recipient Naomi Altman’s project, Messages From the Past: Never Forget. Once a month, you will receive a message featuring the stories of a Holocaust survivor who lives in the Chicagoland area. All the information in these messages comes from the book “Never Heard Never Forget” that was assembled by Holocaust Community Services at CJE SeniorLife and through interviews with Holocaust survivors themselves. To sign up, text “STORY” to (833) 711-0286.

3. Download the Yom HaShoah Candle App to Remember Those Who Died

The Yom HaShoah Candle App allows you to light a virtual candle on your smartphone. The Yom HaShoah Yellow Yahrzeit Candle Program perpetuates the memory of the 6 million Jew who perished in the Holocaust. The candle will be able to be lit by tapping the light button on April 27th and will burn for 24 hours.

4. Teach Others

You may have heard the phrase “Never Forget” in relation to the Holocaust. It is important to continue to share what happened with others. There are many resources to share with others such as the online exhibition at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, books , and movies .

5. Lead by Example

Holocaust Remembrance Day is once a year but your actions on a day-to-day basis are what really make a difference in our world. Continue to learn about the Holocaust, ask questions, and make your voice heard when you see antisemitism or other forms of hate and injustice in our world.

6. Celebrate our Vibrant Jewish Culture

While we must Never Forget, we also are proud that the Jewish community keeps building upon our traditions and passing them on. Connect with your ancestry by cooking a meal that brings happy memories of togetherness. Learn to make Aranygaluska (Hungarian Pull-Apart Bread) or another fun dessert! Can you see what other recipes you find?

Yom Hashoah