Holocaust Remembrance: The Important of Continuity
Since 1989, B’nai B’rith International has proudly been the North American official sponsor of the Yom Hashoah program, “Unto Every Person There is a Name.” With B’nai B’rith’s help, many communities across the globe came together on Yom Hashoah to commemorate the Holocaust this year.
The featured event is when participants read the names of Holocaust victims, where they were born and where they died. For many victims on these lists it is the only time their name, and thus their life, will be remembered, as their entire family was murdered or there is no one left to remember them.
The 2017 theme, chosen by an international committee, was “Restoring Their Identities: The Fate of the Individual during the Holocaust.” Read our story in B’nai B’rith Magazine here.
B’nai B’rith regions and lodges coordinate with synagogues and Jewish community centers across the nation to make “Unto Every Person There is a Name” a part of their Holocaust commemorations.
B’nai B’rith and Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), a Jewish fraternity, collaborated to bring “Unto Every Person There is a Name” to university campuses as part of AEPi’s own Holocaust Remembrance Day program, called “We Walk to Remember,” which began in 2006. AEPi brothers and other volunteers walk silently across their campuses wearing a “Never Forget” sticker provided by B’nai B’rith. B’nai B’rith also supplies pamphlets to AEPi to distribute on the importance of Yom Hashoah and how this year’s theme relates to the Holocaust.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community.
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