Yom HaShoah Virtual Resources

The Jewish Community Board of Akron and the Shaw Jewish Community Center invite the entire community to join in Remembering the Holocaust, also known as Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah, the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and Heroism. Yom HaShoah will begin Monday evening, April 20, at sundown and end with sundown on Tuesday, April 21.


While there will be NO gathering at the Schultz Campus, we invite you to listen to the story of Judith Shamir who was scheduled to speak this year at the campus in person, who was a hidden child survivor, at the following links:


November 14, 2016 -  - https://youtu.be/UBfeD9GURII

February 2006 -  https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn78768


Through her videos, Judith Weiss Shamir brings eyewitness testimony.   A hidden child survivor, Judith was born in Hungary in 1943.  Her father, forced to fight in the war, was captured and placed in a concentration camp.  Her mother went into hiding with various Christian friends and realized she could not hide with a baby.  A resistance group found a non-Jewish woman, Margit Polgar, who raised Judith as her own daughter. Her mother had given Polgar a backpack with a secret compartment giving her true identity.   


In her videos, Judith shares what happened at the end of the war when she was reunited with her parents; when they moved to Israel in 1948.  They moved to the United States in 1968 and were reunited with Polgar in 1992.  Judith Weiss Shamir is a lifelong educator.  She teachers Hebrew language at Siegel Lifelong Learning program, and the former Cleveland College of Jewish Studies.  She was superintendent of the former Cleveland Hebrew Schools and active in NA'AMAT USA.


Interested in learning more about Yom HaShoah? Please consider visiting the links below:

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, PA will be offer a virtual presentation on April 21 at 12pm entitiled Yom HaShoah 2020: 75 Years Since LiberationTo Register – CLICK HERE

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museam

My Jewish Learning: Yom HaShoah

Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh

Israeli Siren for Yom HaShoah HERE and HERE

To access a Facebook (virtual) Yom Hashoah cello concert with Aaron Fried from 6-6:30pm on April 21st, please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/219526609329980

Curated Resources


Please consider lighting a candle on Monday night in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust. Take a photo of the candle or you and your family lighting the candle and send it to ekatzford@jewishakron.org. or post it on social media with using #JewishAkronRemembers. We will share them with the community.

Songs and Prayers for observing Yom Hashoah can be found here.