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Community Yom HaShoah Holocaust Commemoration

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington’s annual community Holocaust commemoration in Maryland will be held at our Julia Bindeman Suburban Center on Sunday, April 23 from 1:30 – 5:00 pm. This year’s theme is “Displaced Persons – Struggles to Find a Home,” and the afternoon includes opportunities to reflect, remember, connect, and support.

1:30 – 5:30 pm Art & Artifacts Exhibit

Montgomery College Foundation’s Portraits of Life Exhibit with photographs and personal stories of Holocaust survivors who witnessed evil then turned their backs on hatred to tell their stories. Submissions of Holocaust-related memorabilia, research, and artwork by survivors, youth, and members of the community are also welcome. Contact Sonia Beekman,, for details.

1:30 – 2:30 pm Dor V’Dor Dialogue with Survivors & Unto Every Person There Is a Name

You are invited to spend time with local Holocaust survivors to hear their living testimony of survival and triumph. The names of children and adults who perished in the Holocaust will also be read as part of the annual worldwide name reading coordinated by B’nai B’rith International. Names of loved ones may be submitted or brought to the service to be read and remembered.

2:30 – 4:00 pm Community Commemoration & Keynote Presentation

Holocaust survivors will be recognized during a candle lighting ceremony. The commemoration also includes Kaddish, reflection, music, poetry, and a memorial to the destroyed communities of Europe.

2:30 – 4:00 pm Interactive Teen Program

Teens will meet with a Holocaust survivor and current refugee to understand their struggles to find a home. The discussions will be followed by teen-led commemorative activities.

For more information, go to or call the JCRC at 301-770-0881.

Organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

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