Holocaust Remembrance Day: A Different Way to Commemorate

There are many interesting options available for those uninspired by the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies.

In recent years, more and more alternatives to official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies have become available. Organizers of such events are focusing on the ramifications of the Holocaust on the third generation, while attempting to make more personal and unique voices heard in a more intimate setting. There are many options available for those looking to remember the Holocaust in a different, alternative way, as the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 18, approaches.

Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day at the Cameri Theater

The Cameri Theater will be holding a ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day this year as well. Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv, is expected to attend the ceremony, themed "One and All," over which the actor Nathan Dattner will preside. Actors Limor Goldstein and Shlomo Vishinsky will read pieces during the ceremony, while singers Ninet Tayeb and Vladi Blayberg will perform alongside children from Tel Aviv. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 8:00 P.M. Entry is free.

Ninet Tayeb
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Yiddishpiel Theater presents: "I am my brother's keeper"

The Yiddishpiel Theater has been holding a yearly Holocaust Remembrance Day event for the past few years. This year, the event is titled "I am my brother's keeper," and will focus on Jewish solidarity. During the time while European Jewry was being annihilated, individuals carried on personal struggles for survival. However, there were many astonishing situations in which groups of Jews were able to work together, even risking life and limb, to save other Jews. Yiddishpiel Theater actors will read stories, personal accounts, and poems focusing on such acts of compassion and sacrifice for others that took place during the war.

The event will be held at 7:30 P.M. on April 18, at the ZOA House. The event will be held in Yiddish, with simultaneous translation into Hebrew.

Jerusalem residents will have an opportunity to take in the event as well, as a repeat performance will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 9:50 A.M., at the Jerusalem theatre. Entry for the Jerusalem performance will cost ten shekels.

An alternative Holocaust Remembrance Day at Tmoona Theater

When thinking of alternative Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies, the ceremony at Tel Aviv's Tmoona Theater is usually the first one that comes to mind. On April 18, at 10:00 P.M., artists, intellectuals, journalists, and musicians will take the stage to share personal thoughts and views on the Holocaust.

This year's participants will include director and playwright Amir Orion, who will present a monologue from the play "Hitler," currently being performed at the Room Theater. Novelist Sarah Blau will speak about Holocaust symbols in Israeli media. Singer Sheila Farber will sing the song "Gashum." Dancer Smadar Yaaron will also appear. Entry for the event is free.

Sheila Farber

Beit Zvi presents: Ashes and Dust

Students at the Beit Zvi School of the Performing Arts will appear for a one time performance on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The evening will include songs from the legendary masterpiece album by Yehuda Poliker and Yaakov Gilad, "Ashes and Dust."

Songs from the album focus on the lives of the children of Holocaust survivors, growing up in Israel in the shadow of the traumas faced by their parents.

The content of the songs brings a special and unique quality to a Holocaust remembrance event, and the songs will be performed without changes. The "Kaddish" prayer will not be said, nor will any speeches be made. The evening will begin at 9:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 18. Entry is free, however registration is required.

Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Jerusalem Cinematheque

The Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Musrara School have organized an evening of video art and animated fimls, entitled "Personal History." The event will begin at 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 18. Five short films will be screened, exploring the past, present and private worlds, reconstructed in the language of video. According the Musrara School website, the "works of personal history will examine forms of documentation, fabrication and reality." Entry for the event is free.

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Ghetto Fighters' House wraps up Holocaust Remembrance Day

Around 10,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony concluding Holocaust Remembrance Day to be held at the Ghetto Fighter's House, on Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot. The event will commemorate the 70 year anniversary of the evacuation of the Warsaw Ghetto. The guest of honor will be Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat. Six torches will be lit by Holocaust survivors, and there will be a performance by the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. The event will take place at 7:30 P.M., on Thursday, April 19. Entry is free.

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