Yom HaShoah 5772-2012
Yom Hashoah was officially established on March 4, 1959, in the Israeli Parliament, by the passage of the Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day Law, which determined that a public tribute be paid to victims of the Holocaust and the Warsaw Ghetto. An amendment to the law in 1961 required that places of entertainment be closed on this day.
Outside Israel, Yom Ha Shoah used to be commemorated on April 19, the day on which the Warsaw Ghetto uprising broke out in 1943. That day, 68 years ago, was also the first day of Passover. In Israel, the 27th of the month of Nissan was chosen, because it falls between the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, and that of the Israel War of Independence. In Tokyo, we have been observing Yom Ha Shoah in recent years with the participation of members of other religious and historical backgrounds.
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Shalom. Just a reminder that this Wednesday, April 18 at 7 pm (sharp!) we will hold the Holocaust Commemoration.
As we get farther away from those terrible events and more and more eye-witnesses pass away one year after another, it is imperative that we keep remembering and teach our children to remember this crucial chapter in Jewish history.
Having a commemoration with too small a number of people would be an act of disrespect for those who perished in the horrors of those days. Therefore, please, if you are in town, plan to be here with us. Do not think "Someone else will go, I can stay home," rather think "Maybe everyone is away, let me go."
Wednesday, April 18th, 7pm (sharp)
Jewish Community of Japan
3-8-8 Hiroo, Shibuya, Tokyo