Yom HaShoah is a day set aside to remember the Holocaust by recalling the victims of this catastrophe, and ensuring that such a tragedy never happen again. Yom HaShoah is observed on the 27th of Nissan, the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

On Monday, April 20th, 2020 the Congregation of Moses observed Yom HaShoah with a meaningful service beginning via Zoom. The memorial service emphasized Jews’ resistance to their Nazi tormentors by retaining their human dignity, even under the most unbearable conditions.

The service featured a brief, emotionally evocative video made specifically for this memorial by members of CoM, with a poetry reading recorded by one of our members.

There were opportunities to participate in the service by reading selections chosen by Rabbi Spivak and others. Everyone was invited to participate by lighting a memorial candle in memory of the six million.

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Yom HaShoah is a day set aside to remember the Holocaust by recalling the victims of this catastrophe, and ensuring that such a tragedy never happen again. Yom HaShoah is observed on the 27th of Nissan, the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

On Monday, April 20th, 2020 the Congregation of Moses observed Yom HaShoah with a meaningful service beginning via Zoom. The memorial service emphasized Jews’ resistance to their Nazi tormentors by retaining their human dignity, even under the most unbearable conditions.

The service featured a brief, emotionally evocative video made specifically for this memorial by members of CoM, with a poetry reading recorded by one of our members.

There were opportunities to participate in the service by reading selections chosen by Rabbi Spivak and others. Everyone was invited to participate by lighting a memorial candle in memory of the six million.

Yom HaShoah

Produced for the Congregation of Moses by Brad Kennedy and Carolyn Kennedy.
Production assistance:
Stephen Grode, Beth Grode, Sharon Kaufman, Earl Norman, Tamara Norman and Rabbi Harvey Spivak.

“A Small Station of Treblinka”
By Władysław Szlengel
Performed by Rachel Haus

“Fratres for Violin, String Orchestra and Percussion”
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Leslie Hatfield, Rebecca Hirsch, Takuo Yuasa and Ulster Orchestra

“Tabula Rasa: I. Ludus”
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Gil Shaham, Neeme Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra & Roger Carlsson

Archival photos courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum