Days of Memory: From Commemoration to Celebration

We are pleased to offer all of these programs at no charge.

Suppported by the Israel Engagment Fund, a JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator and the following agencies:

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC in partnership with:

 

 


All programs are virtual unless otherwise noted.


#6MILLIONSTEPS

Leading up to Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, we will call on people around the globe to record their steps as they walk or run; the goal is to achieve six million steps in memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. To participate, we ask that during the period of March 21 through April 11, you collect steps by walking or running, note the number of steps you have taken in solidarity on the Israeli American Council Website, and also share photos or videos on your social media accounts, using the hashtag #6MILLIONSTEPS.  Learn more at iac360.org/6m

 

Yom Hashoah Programs

About Yom Hashoah: Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.  April 7, 2021/25 Nisan, 5781

In Israel the day is observed with a siren at 10:00 AM. Everything in the country stops for these two minutes of silent devotion.

Honoring Jewish Resilience & Storytelling

  • Wednesday, April 7
  • 8:00 PM

Four international artist-educators in a roundtable conversation about storytelling and Jewish resilience. Weaving together inspiring multimedia from each panelist’s body of work, these artists will engage in powerful conversation about the importance of paying tribute and preserving and elevating cultural memory—from the past into the future. Marshall Duke, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia; Jon Adam Ross, co-founding artist of In[heir]itance Project; and Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar, co-founders of Mi Polin, Warsaw, Poland will be together in conversation with Randy Ellen Lutterman, vice president, development and arts & culture at JCC Association of North America.

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Community Wide Observance with Rabbi Dan Selsberg

  • Friday, April 9
  • 10:00 AM

Film Screening of Defiant Requiem.

Discussion to follow with Maestro Murry Sidlin, President and Artistic Director of the Defiant Requiem Foundation.

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Resilience During Challenging Times: Testimonies That Provide Hope

  • Friday, April 16
  • 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion & Live Q & A with 2nd and 3rd Generation members.

To register, please email: michelle.edgar@raritanval.edu


Confronting the Challenging Landscape of Holocaust Research in Poland

  • Monday, April 19
  • 7:00 PM

Dr. Monika Rice and Dr. Joanna Sliwa discuss: The charges facing historians of the Holocaust in Poland and the ramifications of these attacks on their own research; and public understanding of this history moving forward.

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Yom Hazikaron Programs

About Yom Hazikaron: Israel’s Memorial Day.  April 13, 2021/1 Iyar, 5781

In Israel this day honors the memory of lives lost fighting for & defending the State of Israel. Sirens are heard throughout the country for 2 minutes at 8:00 PM on the night before Yom Hazikaron, & at 11:00 AM on the day of. All places of public entertainment (restaurants, etc.) are closed on this solemn day.

The Power of Jewish Peoplehood Through Personal and Collective Mourning

  • Tuesday, April 13
  • 8:00 PM

An intimate conversation with Israelis who know the heartache and anguish of loss from their own experiences.

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Muki Jankelowitz with What’s Newish

  • Wednesday, April 14
  • 9:00 AM

The What’s Newish learning group meets weekly and is open to everyone to join. The group will welcome guest speaker and popular Israeli tour guide, Muki Jankelowitz to facilitate a session on Tribes of Israel.

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Yom Ha’Atzmaut

About Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Israel’s Independence Day/73rd Birthday.  April 14, 2021/ 17 Iyar, 5781

This day, celebrated immediately following Yom Hazikaron, corresponds to the establishment of the State of Israel: May 14, 1948. This day is
celebrated with fireworks, public performances & partying in the streets.

 

From Shuk to Shore – Bringing Israel to NJ, Cooking with Shannon Sarna

  • Monday, April 12
  • 7:30 PM

Join Shannon Sarna the editor of The Nosher, a popular Jewish Food website , author of Modern Jewish Baker, and Co-Host of the Podcast Call Your Mother.  She is known as the Pro-Gluton Carb Queen, Queen of Challah, and Latte Addict.

Shannon will teach us how to make one of Israel’s most popular foods – Bourekas!

A delicious and fun evening bringing a taste of Israel into our home in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’ 73 birthday.

Bourekas Me Happy!!!!

A list of ingredients will be provided ahead of time for those who want, otherwise a grab a glass of wine and enjoy watching .

Moderated by Amy Geldzahler – Owner and Baker of Amy’s Eats.

Ingredients List

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Moments of Pride Through Israeli Innovation

  • Wednesday, April 14
  • 8:00 PM

Showcasing Israel’s culture of innovation through the eyes of three social entrepreneurs/leaders in cyber security, agriculture, and emergency health care advances.

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Six13 Concert

  • Thursday, April 15
  • 7:30 PM

Members of popular a Capella Jewish music group, Six13, will help us in celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut through a joyous 30 minute musical performance! There will be opportunity for Q&A with the group following the concert. Dancing will be highly encouraged!

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Worldwide Celebration of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day

  • Thursday, April 15
  • 7:00 PM

Join us for a Worldwide Celebration of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day
Bid farewell to His Excellency Reuven Rivlin as he completes his term as Israel’s tenth president.

With special appearances by Israeli Olympic gold medal hopefuls who are on their way to Tokyo this summer and Jewish athletes from around the world.

For more information and to register www.jewishtogether.org/yom-haatzmaut-2021