The Tucson Jewish Community will commemorate Yom HaShoah 2022 with over a week’s worth of events including a film screening, lectures and ceremonies. The theme of the commemorations is Remember, Honor & Learn.
The events begin with a virtual screening of “Winter Journey,” available Sunday, April 17-Sunday, 24. A virtual post-film discussion will be held Thursday April 21 at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
The centerpiece of the commemorations will be a ceremony on Sunday, April 24 at 10 a.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. A committee of Holocaust survivors, lay leaders, and staff from Jewish Family & Children’s Services, the Tucson J and the Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center organized the event. The ceremony will be led by Ryan Marima and Isaac Rothschild, both grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. Participants may join in person in front of the Holocaust memorial at the J, or virtually. Registration is required, whether attending in person or virtually.
The University of Arizona Hillel Foundation also will hold a commemoration on Thursday, April 28, with an interactive exhibit on the UA Mall from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by a Q&A and reading with a survivor. Register here.
Lectures will include the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally and Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series with Anat Ein-Dor, Israeli art therapist and expert on the memorialization of the Shoah, who will discuss the challenges of preserving the memories of the victims and the Jewish culture they lived. Register for this virtual session here.
On Wednesday, April 27 from 3-6 p.m., the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies will present Antisemitism in Academia, Past and Present: Tropes and Trends in the History of Bigotry. Keynote speaker Jeffrey Herf, a professor at the University of Maryland, will be joined by four University of Arizona panelists. Register for this virtual session here.
The Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center will present a Gallery Chat with Allen Langer, “One Family’s Story of Survival and Resilience” on Friday, April 29 at 11 a.m. in the Holocaust Center. Mr. Langer will discuss his recent visit to the Bergen-Belsen DP Camp, where he was born in 1949. RSVP by April 27 to [email protected].
Co-sponsors of the Yom HaShoah commemorations include Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, JFCS, Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona, Tucson J, TJMHC, and UA Hillel.