Unto Every Person There Is A Name
Since 1989 on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, B'nai B'rith International has been the North American sponsor of "Unto Every Person, There Is a Name" ceremonies.
Participants name the victims and where and when they were born and died. The ceremonies occur on the 27th day of the month of Nissan on the Jewish calendar. These observances, created by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, honor more victims each year, as the project collects more names.
Unto Every Person There Is A Name
April 8, 2021
B’nai B’rith International, through its Center for Jewish Identity and its World Center-Jerusalem, is honored to work with Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and an International Committee, to bring this remembrance, awareness and education about the Holocaust on Yom Hashoah.
Each year there is a designated theme selected by the International Committee.
The Unto Every Person There is a Name commemoration will be held on Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Remembrance Day observed in 2021.
The 2021 theme is: "Eighty Years Since the Onset of Mass Annihilation."
Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day
– 27 Nissan 5781
Unto Every Person There is a Name provides the opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust, six million Jews, one and a half million of them children. As the names of victims are read aloud, they are remembered. For many on these lists, it is the only time their name will be said aloud as their entire family was murdered or there is no one left to remember them.
Click here for the 2021 virtual "Unto Every Person There Is A Name program materials.
Lists of Names
Materials are provided by Yad Vashem and the committee. B’nai B’rith has been the North American Sponsor of this program since 1989. B’nai B’rith is represented on the international committee by Alan Schneider, director of the B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem.
The materials will be posted on B’nai B’rith’s website and will be available from the B’nai B’rith Center for Jewish Identity. If you would like to bring this program to your community or bring the reading of names of the victims to an existing commemoration, we can assist with resource materials.
We are also pleased to advise that we will provide program assistance to AEPi Fraternity Chapters that will bring the Unto program to their campus virtually via their We Watch to Remember Project for 2021.
Please contact Rhonda Love for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Program
Efforts should be made at all events this year to have a survivor present personal testimony and talk about the importance for him/her of keeping the memory alive. This is also an opportunity to connect the second and third generation of survivors to your programs.
B’nai B’rith International through its Center for Jewish Identity and its World Center-Jerusalem is proud to be the North American sponsor of the program on behalf of Yad Vashem. B’nai B’rith sponsorship is made possible by the generous support of Kurt and Tessye Simon (of blessed memory).
These community events are held in public locations such as parks, government buildings, and at synagogues and Jewish community centers and college and university campuses. We encourage communities to add the Unto Every Person program to Yom Hashoah observances.
Below you will find links to creative readings and other materials that can be used for the memorial observance, the names of the victims where they were born, where they died and their age at their death. Each one of these names represents a unique person. For many on the list, it is the only time their name will be said aloud as their entire family was murdered with them or the surviving family is now gone. We are the ones left to remember.
As we gather to remember the victims, we also recognize the urgency of gathering oral histories and names of those victims that have not been recorded in the archives of Yad Vashem. Directions and forms are available to assist with this process.
As in the past, we will be working in cooperation with the AEPi Jewish Fraternity for campus programming to link the Unto Every Person program to their annual Holocaust remembrance programming “Walk to Remember.”
We are available to assist you with your program.
We would also like to call to your attention program materials that focus on the Jewish Rescuers that have been recognized by the B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem and the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of the Jewish Rescuers During the Holocaust (JRJ).
More information about the individuals who have been recognized and how you can add their names and stories to your commemoration programs is available at this link.
Candle Lighting Ceremony
Unto Every Person There Is A Name Poem
Public Recitation of Names of Holocaust Victims
Prayer of Affirmation and Remembrance
Letters from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev
Click here or on the image below for information on AEPi's We Walk to Remember program.
Your efforts are key to the success of the program. We thank you for making this remembrance possible this year.
Please send us your publicity materials about your program and photos and/or video to post to the B’nai B’rith Center for Jewish Identity pages on our website and social media. For additional information, please contact Rhonda Love at email@example.com or call 212-490-3292.
During the ending service, congregation member Herman Glaser, whose own father survived the Holocaust but who lost his first wife and three children, introduced the reading of the "El Malei Rachamim," a poem generally chanted at funeral services and on the anniversary of their deaths.
"This is for those who died and for the many whom left no one behind to say these words," Glaser said before fellow member David Glick, chanted the prayer.
Chad Harris, Alpha Epsilon Pi president and junior business management major, said the silence of the 12 participants was meant to reflect the somber mood of the event.
“Any chance we get to honor the fallen Holocaust victims, we do,” Harris said.
Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz of Côte St. Luc’s Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Synagogue said “never again” is an important lesson globally and locally.
“We must vow ‘never again’ to the politics of intolerance, to the simple abridgment of rights with no purpose. This is not a political point. It’s a history lesson.”