Due to the continuing stay at home orders from the governor and mayor, the Yom Ha’Shoah Community Wide Memorial, which coincides with the week of World Holocaust Day, and the Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration, which recognizes the founding of the State of Israel, have both been postponed at the Uptown Jewish Community Center.
The Yom Ha’Shoah event has been a major community event ever since it began under the auspices of the Holocaust Memorial Committee. A procession of the remaining area Holocaust survivors and many of their offspring begins the program, which also honors the Holocaust educator of the year and introduces the community to this year’s class of Donald R. Mintz Scholars from area schools, who go to Washington, D.C. as part of a program administered by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
A formal memorial program and religious service during which the names of the deceased members of the area’s Holocaust survivors are read and memorial prayers for the dead and Kaddish are recited closes the program. It had been scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 19.
Yom Ha’Atzmaut, the joyous celebration of Israel’s independence, includes music, dancing and Israeli food. Past activities have also included an Israeli version of Jeopardy, a climbing wall named for the citadel of Masada and Bedouin tents. It had been scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 28.
No word from the JCC has been given as to when the events will be rescheduled, but the celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut would have to extend to the end of May or beginning of June due to restrictions on joyous events during the Counting of the Omer, the period of privation leading up to the celebration of Shavuot.