Begins Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at sundown | Ends Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at sundown

Yom HaShoah is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Shoah, which means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew, refers to the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II. This is a memorial day for those who died in the Shoah. The Shoah also known as the Holocaust, from a Greek word meaning "sacrifice by fire."


Our tradition teaches us “Zecher Tzadik Livracha” “The memory of the righteous should be blessed. As the Reform Jewish Youth Movement, it is our responsibility and obligation to keep alive the names of those (especially our peers) who perished in the Holocaust.

During Yom Hashoah, we ask every NFTYite tweet and/or post to Facebook or Instagram the name of a Holocaust victim with the NFTY Remembers Yom Hashoah graphic while using the hashtag #NFTYremembers.

View a great resource for finding these names.

NFTY sits on the principle “Nilmad v’na’aseh” “To learn and to do.” When nearly 7,000 teenagers come together over social media, to show the importance of this day, we as NFTY are able to positively influence our larger community.

Having just completed Passover, the timing of Yom HaShoah is a constant reminder about the importance of maintaining resistance despite circumstances which make it nearly impossible to do so. In the face of unspeakable tragedy and with little chance of success, we revisit the hope and determination that has come to define Jewish resilience and fortitude. Read more at >

Yom Hashoah Resources

Religious Action Center's Advocacy Resources for the Holocaust
Find more information on Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust and how to get involved on these social action issues.

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education educates about the Holocaust, remembers its victims and acts on its lessons through innovative programs and partnerships

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Learn more about a Yad Vashem theme, which focuses on Jewish solidarity during the Holocaust.