Meaningful Months of April & May | Shalom Austin

Meaningful Months of April & May

Gather With Us in April and May!

In Judaism, it’s all about community. We come together to remember our history, mourn our losses, celebrate our culture, and dream of our future. This is highlighted beautifully in the spring, and we invite you to join the Shalom Austin community as we mark Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut.

Yoms Educational Electives

Join us for an evening of learning and choose from a variety of classes related to Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut!

You will be able to choose one class from 6-6:45 PM and one class from 7-7:45 PM, offered by our wonderful community clergy and educators.

Registration is required by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 12.

Date: Monday, April 15 

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Dell JCC

Yom HaShoah Remembrance Event

Join us for Holocaust Remembrance Day at the 2024 Shalom Austin Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Event hosted and organized by Phil Klein. The program includes guest speakers, inspiring video montages, vocal soloists with piano accompaniment, and a special candle-lighting ceremony. Content is appropriate for children 10 and older.

Registration is required by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 3.

Date: Sunday, May 5

7:00 PM

Dell JCC | Epstein Family Community Hall

Yom HaZikaron Community Ceremony 

This year, more than ever, it is important to stand together with our community for Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, for those who lost their lives in the struggle that led to the establishment of the State of Israel, all military personnel who were killed while in active duty in Israel’s armed forces, and all victims of terror attacks.

It is customary to wear a white top on Yom HaZikaron. We invite you to join in this custom.

Registration is required by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 10.

Date: Sunday, May 12

7:00 PM

Dell JCC | Epstein Family Community Hall

Yom HaAtzmaut Community Celebration

Join this community-wide event for fun, food, and friendly faces to celebrate Israel’s birthday! Stop by when you can, stay as long as you’d like, and wear blue & white to make the day extra special. This is an event for the whole family to enjoy! Activities, musical performances, and more! Israeli food will be available for purchase.

This event will take place rain or shine.

Registration is required by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 17.

Date: Sunday, May 19

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Dell JCC

Monday, April 15 Electives

BLOCK 1: 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Righteous Among the Nations

Robin Long | San Antonio Holocaust Museum & Shalom Austin Descendents of Holocaust Survivors 

This session will include a presentation of the historical background of Yad Vashem and the significance and basis of the Righteous Among Nations program. It will contain the stories of three individuals so honored by the testimony of those rescued. The Righteous are: Japanese diplomat Sugihara, Master Sargeant Roddie Edmonds, US Army, and Anton Sukhinsky, a Polish peasant.

The Magic of Hebrew

Michal Ilai | Shalom Austin

This session will focus on language in modern Hebrew poetry as a gateway to Israeli culture. Attendees will have an opportunity to dissect the content and literary devices used in poems by notable Israeli writers. Some knowledge of Hebrew is a plus, but not required.



Rabbi Dan Millner | Congregation Tiferet Israel

Since October 7, more people are thinking and talking about Israel than ever before. However, many people feel held back due to a lack of information. Come join this session to gain a strong foundation to feel comfortable and competent joining the Israel conversation.


BLOCK 2: 7:00 – 7:45 PM

“Jewish Resisters, Though”: Why There Has Been reluctance to apply the “upstander” label to Jews in the Holocaust

Dr. J.E. Wolfson | Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission

A large proportion of museum exhibits, popular films, and literature on the Holocaust elects to spotlight and applaud the actions of “Righteous Gentiles” who rescued Jews, but not the actions of Jews themselves. What might explain this longstanding tunnel vision or the fact that so few people have even chosen to question it? This presentation will offer answers to that question and will examine fascinating case studies of Jews who resisted the Nazi assault and continue to complicate popularly accepted notions of heroism and martyrdom.

Antisemitism in America Today

Jackie Nirenberg | Anti-Defamation League 

This class will explore the roots of antisemitism, why it is on the rise all over the world, and what we can do about it. 

Talking to Your Friends About Israel in a Post-October 7th World

Zohar Vloski | Jewish National Fund

This session will explore:

  • How has talking to your friends about Israel changed since October 7?
  • You can’t know EVERYTHING, so what are some key things you SHOULD know before talking about Israel?
  • Why is it even more important to engage with your friends about Israel after October 7, especially when you see them posting on social media?
  • How do you know if your conversation was successful?
  • Why education matters now more than ever, particularly for Gen Z.
  • After October 7, why is it even more important that we celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut this year?
Alachua Haskins

Alachua Haskins

Learning and Engagement Director