The 27th Annual Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Thursday, April 8 | 7:00 p.m.
The event will include remarks by Federation Holocaust Educational Specialist Jesse McClain, the recognition of the winners of the JCRC’s student Holocaust writing, art, and multimedia contest, the presentation of a proclamation by Youngstown Mayor Jamaal Tito Brown, as well as memorial prayers and a candle lighting ceremony to honor the six million who perished.
Shoah Memorial Ceremony
Sunday, April 11 | 4:00 p.m.
The annual memorial ceremony will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Jacob Ari Labendz, the YSU Clayman Assistant Professor of Judaic and Holocaust Studies and the Director of the YSU Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies. Labendz will offer a reflection on the history and meaning of our local community’s four Czech Torahs, which come from a collection of 1,546 scrolls saved from Nazi destruction and distributed around the world. Though torn from their original homes, they have found a second life in Youngstown as foils for sacred remembrance.
The program will also include special video presentations, a candle lighting ceremony, and participation by children and grandchildren of Survivors.