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Jewish Memory and this Moral Moment

A conference and commemoration on Yom HaShoah 5782

The Ukraine war and refugee crisis conjure memories that are tragically familiar this Yom HaShoah. For over 70 years, we have vowed “never again.” How does Jewish memory compel us to take moral responsibility during humanitarian disasters? In an age of Jewish strength, how do we hold the conflicting tension of our power today with our powerlessness in the past? What are North American Jewry and Israel’s unique responsibilities to welcome refugees in light of the Holocaust?

At this transformational commemoration and conference on Yom HaShoah, we looked back in remembrance and interrogated the complex moral issues presented by the war in Ukraine to inspire a Torah of action.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | An experiential and participatory commemoration of the Holocaust which poignantly weaves survivor testimonies, literary texts, music, poetry, and prayer into a ritual of remembrance. 


Thursday, April 28, 2022 | Daylong conference with plenary sessions, electives, and Yom HaShoah commemoration.

Dec 3, 2023

An experiential gathering of Holocaust remembrance that weaves together poetry, prayer, song, survivor testimonies, and audience participation.

Dec 3, 2023

Justin Pines, Abigail Pogrebin

Justin Pines joins host Abigail Pogrebin to discuss the pioneering concept of Hitkansut, a new ritual for Yom HaShoah.

Dec 3, 2023

After decades of fearing that we would forget the horrors of our past, is it possible that we remember our history all too well but feel powerless to act on its lessons?

Dec 3, 2023

Justin Pines, Dara Horn, Avram Mlotek, Nicole Lieberman

We paused to commemorate the day and to honor those persecuted during the Holocaust.

Dec 3, 2023

What does Holocaust memory demand of us? How does the dwindling of the number of living Holocaust survivors impact our responsibility?

Dec 3, 2023

Tal Becker, Abigail Pogrebin, Elana Broitman, Mark Hetfield

What is the relationship between memory and action? Can we harness collective memory of past traumas to mobilize large-scale response in times of crisis?

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