We are entering a season in the Jewish calendar that calls for remembrance of lives lost, that reminds Jews why “Never Again” is more than a slogan, and that highlights a divide between Atlanta’s Jewish and Israeli communities.
Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, is observed on the 27th day in the month of Nisan, which this year falls on May 2.
When the rabbinate in pre-state Palestine considered a date for the observance, the 8th of Av – the date in 1942 (July 22) when the Nazis began sending the Jews of Warsaw to the death camps – was rejected because it fell the day before Tisha B’Av, when Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
The 14th of Nisan – the date in 1943 (April 19) marking the beginning of the Warsaw ghetto uprising – was rejected because it was erev Pesach.
The Knesset decided in 1951 that the 27th of Nisan, one week after Passover, would be Holocaust Remembrance Day.
For more about local memorials and events, see below: