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Community-Wide Commemoration Planned for Holocaust Remembrance Day

SPRINGFIELD, MA (April 13, 2022) – The Greater Springfield  Jewish community will gather in-person at Sinai Temple on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 PM to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust in observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The name Yom HaShoah comes from the Hebrew word shoah, which means “utter destruction.” Around the world, candles are lit for victims of the Holocaust and stories are shared so that no one will forget the events of nearly 80 years ago.

Avi Wisnia will share the stories and songs of his grandfather, Cantor David S. Wisnia at the event. The “My Polish Wisnia” project traces David’s harrowing life journey from a young Polish singing star to Auschwitz prisoner to American liberator with the 101st Airborne. Through it all, Cantor Wisnia’s remarkable singing voice helped save his life, especially in the Nazi concentration camp.

The commemoration will also include a memorial service and candle lighting ceremony.

This year’s Yom HaShoah observance is being presented by Sinai Temple, in partnership with the Springfield Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, and Springfield area synagogues. It is supported by the Zachor Hatikvah Fund of the Jewish Endowment Foundation.

Additionally, a livestream will be available simultaneously at on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 PM.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of security concerns, we are NOT asking for preview coverage.  In light of increasing anti-Semitism, we would welcome coverage of the actual event and are able to provide content, interview subjects, and visuals. 


The mission of the Springfield Jewish Community Center is to enrich community and nurture wellness through physical, intellectual, social and cultural programs and services. The organization is guided by Jewish values, welcoming and respecting people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds, identities, and faiths.