Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in J'lem

Top 5: There are a number of moving and memorable ways to commemorate the Holocaust in the capital.

Auschwitz 521 (photo credit: Bloomberg)
Auschwitz 521
(photo credit: Bloomberg)
Though the official remembrance ceremony at Yad Vashem is unfortunately not open to the general public, there are many other moving and memorable ways to commemorate the Holocaust in Jerusalem this Holocaust Remembrance Day.
1. Jerusalem Theater
Through stories, testimonies and songs, actors from the Yiddishpiel Theater bring to life the tale of the many Jews who risked their own lives to rescue other Jews during the Holocaust.
Though the performance is in Yiddish with Hebrew supertitles, English speakers can still appreciate the singing as well as the candle lighting ceremony in memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. There is a symbolic fee of NIS 10.
When: Thursday April 19, 9:50 a.m. till noon.
Address: Rebecca Crown Auditorium, Jerusalem Theater, 20 Marcus Street, Talbiyeh
Phone: (02) 560-5755
2. Films at the Cinemateque
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Jerusalem Cinemateque will screen The Lost Love Diaries, a poignant movie that looks at finding love after the Holocaust, followed by a discussion with AMCHA, who help second generation Holocaust survivors deal with trauma.
In Search of Lost Memories will also be shown, followed by a discussion with director, Boris Maftsir. The highlight for the young and alternative crowd is the video art by the Nagar School of Photography, Media, New Music, Animation and Phototherapy in Musrara, Personal History-Culture, Identity, Fantasy. It looks at several examples of personal history with the Holocaust and examines the notions of documentation, fabrication and reality through the language of video. The screenings are free.
The Lost Love Diaries Dir.Yasmine NovakThe Lost Love Diaries Dir.Yasmine Novak
When: Wednesday April 18, from 6:00 p.m.
Address: Jerusalem Cinemateque Hall 1, 11 Hebron Street, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 565-4356
3. Holocaust Remembrance and Singing
This sing-along at the Gerard Behar Center in town features young musicians such as Yonaton Dror who will sing and share how they connect to and understand the loss of so many millions as the third generation removed.
The evening will feature classical music as well as well-known Israeli songs. For those who haven’t already booked, you can still try to order tickets (at no charge) before the event, though you may be placed on the waiting list.
When: Wednesday April 18, 9:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m.
Address: Gerard Behar Center, 11 Bezalel Street
Phone: 054-758-1444
Email: [email protected]
4. Film Unfinished
Winner of the Best Foreign Film Award at the 2010 Hot Docs Festival and winner of the Editing Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, this profound film by Yael Hersonsky explores the gap between memory and documentation through the story of the production of a Nazi propaganda film that was filmed in the Warsaw Ghetto in May 1942. Film tickets cost 38 ILS (30 ILS for senior citizens).
When: Thursday April 19, 7:30 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.
Address: Rebecca Crown Auditorium, Jerusalem Theater, 20 Marcus Street, Talbiyeh
Phone: (02) 256-5755
5. Sunset
The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Student Association present an evocative musical, "Sunset" in the Wise Auditorium on the Hebrew University's Givat Ram campus. Entrance is free.

When: Wednesday April 18, 7:00 p.m. and Thursday April 19 at 11:00 a.m.
Address: Hebrew University, Givat Ram
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