Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron: Days of Rememberance May 2 - 8, 2019 (27 Nisan - 3 Iyyar 5779)

...Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.


George Santayana

Yom HaShoah is observed on May 2, 2019 (27 Nisan 5779)

Yom HaZikaron is observed on May 8, 2019 (3 Iyar 5779) 



Minor holidays have been added to the calendar to commemorate various significant events relating to the Holocaust and the modern state of Israel. All of these holidays occur in the period between Passover and Shavu’ot. These holidays are not universally acknowledged, the dates are not entirely agreed upon, and the observances are not yet standardized. Nevertheless, we note them.

Yom Ha-Shoah (in Hebrew)
Yom HaShoah

Also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, this holiday occurs on the 27th of Nisan. “Shoah” is the Hebrew word for Holocaust and this day commemorates all who died in the Holocaust.

Yom Ha-Zikkaron (in Hebrew)
Yom HaZikaron

Israeli Memorial Day, observed on Iyar 4, remembers those who died in the War of Independence and other wars in Israel. Unlike American Memorial Day, this is a very serious, solemn day in Israel, because so many people have lost immediate relatives or close friends in Israel’s wars.

Day of Remembrance Traditions

The Greensboro Jewish Community commemorates Yom HaShoah with a traditional memorial service led by local Rabbis and including survivors and liberators.

Beth David Synagogue holds an annual Yom HaZikaron service, led by our Israeli community, memorializing friends and loved ones lost defending the state of Israel.