Yom HaShoah, the annual Day of Remembrance to honor the memory of millions of Jewish Holocaust victims, will be observed in an in-person ceremony at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.
The program will feature the lighting of the Holocaust Memorial Candles by survivor families from the Richmond region, the awarding of the Carole Weinstein Prizes for Tolerance and Justice in the Visual Arts, a violin performance by Jocelyn Vorenberg and a keynote address by Meredith R. Weisel, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League. Weisel will share insights regarding the alarming rise in antisemitic incidents nationally and in Virginia over the past year.
The six Holocaust Memorial Candles signify the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. One of the candles is shorter than the others to represent the 1.5 million children who were killed during one of history’s darkest hours. In 2022, the Virginia Holocaust Museum opened the Children’s Memorial, a unique exhibit honoring the memory of those innocent young victims of the Holocaust.
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