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Yom HaShoah in Canada

Many Canadians observe Yom Hashoah, which is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. It commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945.

Yom HaShoah
Yom HaShoah commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish victims of the Holocaust during World War II.
Yom HaShoah commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish victims of the Holocaust during World War II.
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What Do People Do?

Many people in Canada, including those with Jewish ancestry or connections, observe Yom Hashoah on the 27th day of the month of Nisan. Many Jewish communities hold commemorative ceremonies or events to remember Holocaust victims who died during World War II.

The Masorti (Conservative Judaism) movement in Israel created Megillat HaShoah, a scroll and liturgical reading for Yom HaShoah. This is a joint effort between Jewish leaders Canada, Israel, and the United States. Synagogue services are held in Canada during Yom Hashoah and rituals may vary. Activities may include lighting memorial candles and reciting the Kaddish, which is a prayer for the departed.

Educational programs about the historical events associated with Yom Hashoah are shown around this time of the year, particularly to students learning about Jewish history. These programs may include a documentary featuring Holocaust survivors’ stories or a viewing of a Holocaust-themed film. Teaching resources and guidelines may accompany some of these programs.

Public Life

Yom Hashoah is not a federal public holiday in Canada.

Background

Israel’s Knesset (parliament) established Yom Hashoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, as a memorial to about six million Jewish people who were slaughtered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. It is observed on the 27th day of the month of Nisan. The full name of the day is Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, which means the "Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism".

About Yom HaShoah in other countries

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Yom HaShoah Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
MonApr 122010Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonMay 22011Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedApr 182012Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonApr 82013Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonApr 282014Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedApr 152015Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedMay 42016Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonApr 242017Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedApr 112018Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedMay 12019Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
TueApr 212020Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 

Quick Facts

Yom Hashoah commemorates the lives of about six million Jewish people who died during World War II. This observance is annually held on the 27th day of the month of Nisan.

Yom HaShoah 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Yom HaShoah 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Yom HaShoahEnglish
Yom HaShoahFrench
Jom haScho'a (Holocaust-Gedenktag)German
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

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