2021 Commemoration and Celebration Events

Published Wednesday, April 7, 2021 11:00 am

The global Jewish community will join together in the coming days to commemorate lives lost during the Holocaust, remember fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terrorism, and celebrate Israel’s independence. 

The New Orleans JCC and partners from across the globe bring the following programs to observe Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), and Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day):

Yom HaShoah: Honoring Jewish Resilience and Storytelling

April 7 at 7:00 PM CDT 


JCCA will kick off a three-night program series, “Days of Memory: From Commemoration to Celebration,” with Yom HaShoah on April 7 at 7:00 PM CDT. The event will feature four artist-educators in a roundtable conversation about “storytelling and resilience” for the Jewish people. Weaving together inspiring multimedia from each panelist’s body of work, these four artists will engage in a powerful conversation about the importance of paying tribute and preserving cultural memory—from the past and the future. 

All Days of Memory programming will be available on the Virtual J channel. Pre-registration at no cost is required.

Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Memorial Program

April 8 at 6:30 PM CDT


Join the New Orleans JCC on April 8 as we remember and honor the Holocaust survivors of New Orleans. This virtual Yom HaShoah program will include survivors, family members of survivors, members of the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Committee, and local Jewish leaders.

Rabbi Judith Siegel of Temple Judea of Coral Gables will introduce the story of David Schaecter, who escaped Auschwitz to later piece his life back together in Miami. Through his powerful story, told in the documentary A Call to Remember,  we learn about the cruelty of intolerance and the strength of the human spirit.

This program is proudly supported by the Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator, made possible by several committed donors’ generosity.

Yom HaZikaron: The Power of Jewish Peoplehood Through Personal and Collective Mourning

April 13 at 7:00 PM CDT 


As Israel prepares for the annual remembrance of its sons and daughters lost to war and terrorism, listen to an intimate conversation about loss and the healing power of personal and collective mourning shared by Israelis who know the heartache and anguish first-hand. Solomon Shapiro, a lone soldier in the IDF originally from New York, will facilitate a panel discussion among family members of Sean Carmeli, a lone soldier killed while on duty in Gaza in 2014; Hadar Goldin, killed during Operation Tzuk Eitan in Gaza in 2014; and Bat Galim Shaer, mother of Gilad Shaer, one of three teens kidnapped from a West Bank bus station and killed in June 2014. 

The Masa Yom HaZikaron Virtual Memorial Ceremony

April 13 at 12:00 PM CDT 

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On April 13, at 8:00 PM Israel time, the eve of Yom HaZikaron, the Masa Community will commemorate IDF soldiers and victims of terror at the largest virtual ceremony for the Jewish world. For Israelis, this day is one of the most important, recognizing those who sacrificed their lives for their great country. It is an opportunity and responsibility to share the centrality of this day.

The English-speaking ceremony is a chance for Jews from around the world to participate in a meaningful ceremony from a personal, communal and national perspective.

Yom HaAtzmaut: Moments of Pride Through Israeli Innovation

April 14 at 7:00 PM CDT


JCCA offers a virtual tour of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation with Chemi Peres, the chairman of the Center’s board and the co-founder and managing general partner of the Pitango venture capital fund, which invests widely in the technology field, from IT to medicine. The program also will spotlight the country’s undeniable culture of innovation and its ability to overcome obstacles, by visiting three Israeli enterprises and hearing from their founders about how each built the business and what North American Jews can learn from their experiences.   


A Global Celebration of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day

April 15 at 5:30 and 6:00 PM CDT

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The Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Hayesod, and additional partners will host a one-hour virtual event to mark Israel’s 73rd Independence Day. The event will begin with a farewell address by His Excellency Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel, and include a look back on his legacy as the Jewish State’s 10th President. It will also feature special appearances by Israeli Olympic-gold-medal-hopefuls who are on their way to Tokyo this summer, Jewish athletes from around the world, and more.

Leading into the global event, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans will present a discussion at 5:30 PM with Gilad Katz, Consul General of Israel to the Southwest, as he reflects on Israel at 73.

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Israeli Independence Day Celebration: A Conversation with Ron Leshem

April 18 at 4:00 PM CDT

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Meeting ID: 964 9751 3967 | Passcode: 051448

In celebration of Israel Independence Day, the New Orleans JCC and partners from Florida and North Carolina will host Ron Leshem; a renowned Israeli Screenwriter, TV Producer, and author. Leshem wrote and produced movies and hit TV shows in Israel and the United States (Valley of Tears, Euphoria, Incitement). Leshem will discuss the success of Israeli TV shows in global markets. 

Do you have questions about any of these events? Reach out to the New Orleans JCC’s Judy Yaillen, Director of Jewish Family Life.




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2021 Commemoration and Celebration Events

The global Jewish community will come together in the coming days to commemorate lives lost during the Holocaust, remember fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terrorism, and celebrate Israel’s independence. 


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