Yom Hashoah V'hagvurah 2023 Community Commemoration

Monday, April 17 // 7:00 PM

Holy Blossom Temple // 1950 Bathurst Street

UJA’s Holocaust Education Centre invites you to join us, alongside partner organizations, for an in-person, community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration.


This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, an act of resistance and revolt by hundreds of Jewish insurgents in 1943. Join us to commemorate this historic event, with two survivors of the uprising, Pinchas Gutter and Irene Kurtz. The program will also include remarks from dignitaries, choirs, and a candle-lighting ceremony to memorialize and pay tribute to the victims of the Shoah and to honour the survivors. We are grateful to be hosting the program in-person at Holy Blossom Temple.


This important program is presented in partnership with Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, Facing History and Ourselves, and March of the Living Canada. A virtual streaming option will be available for those who wish to participate online.


Program Highlights:


// The Bialik Hebrew Day School's Choirs, survivor testimony, and a candle-lighting service.

// A moving tribute to Toronto-based Holocaust survivors we have lost throughout this past year.

// Remarks from Canadian officials, dignitaries, and community leaders.

In-Person Event Health & Safety Information

At this event we will be following all government guidelines regarding COVID-19. We respect that there are many factors that inform one’s personal decisions when it comes to masking. While masking is not required at this program, visitors who choose to wear a mask are fully welcomed and encouraged to do so. Protecting the health of our volunteers and staff remains a foremost priority. If you are feeling ill, we kindly ask that you stay home.

Presented by:

We gratefully acknowledge our generous donors

Holocaust Education Centre Sponsors 

Toby and Jay Abramsky 

Helena and Jeffrey Axler 

Fay and Harvey Blankenstein 

Bella Brandriss and Max Brandriss 

Sheila and Steve Gerlock 

The Greenbaum Family  

Ruth Ekstein and Alan Lechem 

Stella and Peter Ekstein 

Bernie Good and Gloria Good-Draper 

Rina and Irving Gottesman & Family 

Dorothy and Pinchas Gutter 

Israel's The Judaica Centre 

Harvey Kalles Real Estate 

Karen Lasky 

Glennie and Nathan Lindenberg 

Israel Mida 

Andy and Judy Reti 

Scotiabank – Sheppard & Bathurst Branch 

Alan and Glenda Wainer 

Holy Blossom Temple Sponsor

Stefanie Hill, in memory of her mother, Catherine Hill