Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors invites the whole community to join in commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, in a ceremony that includes local survivor testimonies, student presentations, music and memorial candle lighting, in the Supervisors’ Chambers.  The theme this year is “Some Were Neighbors:  Betrayers, Bystanders and Protectors”.  A poster exhibit will be on display in the breezeway of the County Government Building during the week of the remembrance.

Free parking is available in the County C Lot, across the street from the Government Building.

This year’s sponsor is Supervisor Dave Cortese, President of the Board of Supervisors, who will present a proclamation in recognition of the remembrance.  Music will be performed by cellist Peter Gelfand and pianist Diane Fisher.  The program is presented by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and the Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association.

In Support of the Yezidis

Statement at Press Conference, April 15, 2015
Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley
(see program: Genocide Before Our Eyes)

On Monday afternoon, I once again had the honor of attending the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day that has been sponsored by the Santa Clara County Supervisors for fifteen years. Each year, the event brings together people from across the community, including students, religious and community leaders, and those in our midst who survived the Holocaust that swept across Europe in the 1930’s and 1940’s, leaving six million Jews dead along with millions of other despised people—Gypsies, the mentally ill, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and more. Continue Reading →

Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

Marty Brounstein, author and public speaker will be speaking at the JCC to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Holocaust Remembrance Day is May 5th this year. We will be having our speaker a bit early, on April 27th.)

Come hear the remarkable true story about a Catholic couple in the Netherlands who, despite great risk and danger, helped save the lives of at least two dozen Jews from certain death during World War II. Marty Brounstein will also explain the meaningful personal connection that inspires him to tell and retell the story of their heroic actions. His book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

General admission $12, JCC members $10.
RSVP to events@apjcc.org or 408.357.7411.

County Holocaust Remembrance: Child Holocaust Survivors

The theme of the annual County of Santa Clara Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony for 2016 is Child Holocaust Survivors: Refugee Experiences. Michael Thaler, Marie Donner and Asher Engler, local child Holocaust refugees, will share their stories of trauma and resilience. Cantor Stephen Guggenheim will perform vocal selections. Archbishop Mitty High School students will speak about what they have learned from these childhood refugee stories.

Sponsored by Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese, the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, and the Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association.

Free and open to the public. For more information contact Diane Fisher, diane@jvalley.org, (408) 357-7504.

Yom Hashoah- Holocaust Remembrance

Surviving in Budapest, 1944
as told by Jussi Rajn

For thirty-four years, the Tri-City Interfaith Council has sponsored a Yom HaShoah Remembrance Service. This year the featured speaker will be Jussi Rajna, a Holocaust survivor and father of a Temple Beth Torah member.

A free-will offering will be received for the “Refugees Welcome Fund,” sponsored by the Jewish Family and Community Services. Every dollar donated will be matched

Holocaust & Heroes: An Evening with Author Marty Brounstein

The Los Altos United Methodist Church is pleased to host this special event with Marty Brounstein, author of Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. He brings a true interfaith story of courage and compassion about a Christian couple in the Netherlands who, despite much risk and danger, saved the lives of over two dozen Jews during the Holocaust and World War II. Marty has a meaningful personal connection to this story and its heroes, which he reveals in his engaging story telling presentation.

Marty has been on an unexpected journey in sharing this special story in a variety of venues and other cities beyond the Bay Area. Book signing (just $15 for the book) follows the presentation.

The event is open to the community.

International Holocaust Remembrance at San Jose City Hall

On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated. In 2005, the United Nations declared January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Council members Chappie Jones and Sergio Jimenez, with Mayor Sam Liccardo, will present a proclamation to local survivor Tamara Noten, during the Ceremonial Items at the beginning of the council meeting.

The community is invited to the council chambers for this brief but moving ceremony.

On the 10th year of this international remembrance, we especially remember the survivor and messenger of peace, Elie Wiesel. Wiesel spoke at the first-ever observance at the U.N., and he spent his life calling for vigilance in combatting anti-Semitism and all manifestations of religious intolerance or violence based on ethnic origin, whenever they occur.

Free validated parking in City Hall parking garage.

Holocaust Remembrance Service

The Tri-City Interfaith Council invites the public to attend their annual Holocaust Remembrance Service on Sunday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. The service is held at Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont.

The special speaker will be Fremont resident Abe Mazliach. The theme is, “Finding Hope in the Shadow of the Shoah.” Abe’s parents survived the Shoah (the Hebrew word that refers to the Holocaust). He was born in a displaced persons camp soon after World War II ended.

The service is free and open to everyone from all religious backgrounds, and no religious background. A free will offering will be received.

Niles Discovery Church is pleased to be organizing an interfaith choir for the Holocaust Remembrance Service. The choir will sing “I Believe in the Sun,” a version of which you can hear here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT-VdH2lwZk

People who want to join the choir should come to a rehearsal on Thursday, April 20, 7:00-8:58 at Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont. You can read about the lyrics of the song here: http://bit.ly/2lk1rwC


Yom HaShoah: Community Holocaust Remembrance Day

From Kindertransport to the Refugees of 2017

Congregation Shir Hadash is proud to host the Community Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial) Service on Sunday April 23rd. The program will begin at 6:30 pm with a presentation by Eric Kay who, as a child, was rescued by the Kindertransport. There will be a slide show of art work and poetry by students from Fisher Middle School, the Harker School, St. Andrews, St. Mary’s, Yavneh, Granada School and the Congregational Religious Schools. Finally Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Vice President of HIAS will be with us to offer reflections on the current situation and a viewing of segments of their film “Refugee Children”.

A Yom HaShoah memorial service will follow with the lighting of candles by survivors and Second and Third Generation families and the participation of the community’s rabbis.

This program will be especially meaningful to adults and children in middle school and high school. The entire community is welcome so please invite your friends and neighbors.