As the world continues to adapt to a new way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish community is also rethinking how to observe 3 important Jewish holidays. Check out the compiled list below for virtual resources, online events, and materials for inspiring your Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut programs and ideas. 

Yom Hashoah

Yom Hashoah is the annual day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust observed by Jewish communities around the world. In 2020, Yom Hashoah begins on the evening of April 20. 

  • Remembrance and Celebration Resources by Josh Traulsen
    • The first section of this article published last year gives an overview of what Yom Hashoah is and some tips for programming.
  • Virtual Resource Hub
    • A compiled list of digital resources and experiences offered to the public by a variety of organizations, museums, and communities.
  • Holocaust Resource Center – Speakers Bureau
    • Watch video testimonies of Holocaust survivors.
  • Holocaust Films on Netflix and Amazon
    • Ten iconic movies that can be streamed for a viewing event.
  • Online Exhibitions at Yad Vashem
    • Go on a virtual tour of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel.
  • Virtual March of the Living
    • Join this virtual remembrance event featuring a special address by the Israeli President and interviews with survivors, educators, March of the Living alumni, and leaders. It will also remain available for viewing after the end of the broadcast if the time doesn’t work for your community.
  • Fundacion Bama’s Instagram
    • Spanish Speaking Resources, videos of young people reading letters of Holocaust victims.

Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron is a declared day to remember those who lost their lives in the struggle that led to the establishment of the State of Israel and for all military personnel who were killed while in active duty in Isreal’s armed forces. In 2020, Yom Hazikaron begins on the evening of April 27.

  • Remembrance and Celebration Resources by Josh Traulsen
    • The second section of this article published last year gives an overview of what Yom Hazikaron is and some tips for programming.
  • Virtual Memorial Ceremony
    • Masa Israel will be hosting their tradition of coming together to commemorate this important day virtually via Facebook Live.

Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut is a joyful celebration of Israel’s independence and is celebrated annually both in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world. In 2020, Yom Ha’atzmaut begins on the evening of April 28.

  • Worldwide Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration
    • Host a watch party and join celebrity guests, world leaders, and people from across the world on this star-studded one hour Livestream event for Israel’s 72nd birthday! 
  • Global Trivia Championship
    • Celebrate Israel by learning, connecting, and winning in an online trivia competition.
  • Yom Ha’atzmaut 2020 Brainstorm
    • Register for this webinar hosted by The Jewish Education Project to gain knowledge, resources, and practical ideas that can be directly applied to your Yom Ha’atzmaut programs.
  • Remembrance and Celebration Resources by Josh Traulsen
    • The third section of this article published last year gives an overview of what Yom Ha’atzmaut is and some tips for programming.
  • Tractate Independence made by BINA
    • A commentary that breaks down each paragraph of Israel’s Declaration of Independence

Hosting a program for one of these holidays? Make sure you let your Community Manager or MHWOW Staff Member know so we can add it to the Moishe House Living Room!