Monday 17th / Tuesday 18th April 2023
Yom HaShoah, our community’s annual day to remember the Holocaust, is once again fast approaching. As we pause to ‘Remember Together As One’ the six million Jews murdered, this year we will also pay special tribute to its heroes and martyrs as we mark the 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
As you have done so passionately before, we once again kindly ask you to help us cascade the key information for this year’s commemoration through your membership networks and social media.
1. National Yom HaShoah UK Commemoration – Live Monday evening, 17th April 2023 from 7.15 pm
This year’s UK National Commemoration will be broadcast LIVE on Erev Yom HaShoah from Jewish Care, home of the Holocaust Survivor Centre, where we hope once again it will be viewed by over 20,000 families watching from home as they light yellow memorial candles. The ceremony can be watched from any Smart TV via the YouTube app (search Yom HaShoah UK) or on a laptop, tablet or mobile at www.yomhashoah.org.uk
There will be a UK-wide candle lighting moment during the ceremony, as we ask families to light their candles from home in unison. Yellow Candles can be purchased by clicking here: https://www.yellowcandleuk.org/product-page/yellow-candle
2. UK Jewish Community’s Legacy from the Holocaust Campaign
As part of Yom HaShoah UK’s continuing responsibility to pass on the Legacy and to honour the Community Pledge made, we are proud to inform you that in a joint initiative with the Board of Deputies, almost 200 “UK Jewish Community’s Legacy from the Holocaust” remembrance boards have been installed. Sited across synagogues, charities, Jewish secondary schools and other wider society organisations, we hope they will be the focal point for local remembrance for generations to come. If your community does not yet have a legacy board, please email
3. Community Two Minute Silence - Live Tuesday Morning, 18th April 2023 at 11.00 am
We ask all our partners to once again hold a Two Minutes Silence with your colleagues in your offices, your pupils and teachers in your classrooms, or with family working from home at 11.00 am on Tuesday 18th April 2023, the morning of Yom HaShoah. To aid this solemn moment, this year a live stream from the National Holocaust Memorial in Hyde Park is being planned, where the words written on the legacy board will be read to introduce the silence. The stream from the memorial will be available to watch at https://www.yomhashoah.org.uk
Thank you in advance for all you are about to do to ensure our pledge to remember on Yom HaShoah reaches across the entire UK Jewish community.
Marie Van der Zyl OBE, President, Board of Deputies
Neil Martin OBE, Chair, Yom HaShoah UK