(New York, NY)— The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will present New York’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance on Sunday, April 24, 2022, with Congregation Emanu-El. The virtual program is part of the Museum’s mission to remember those who were murdered during the Holocaust and honor survivors.

The Annual Gathering of Remembrance will be held virtually at 2:00pm ET (11:00 PT and 9:00 IT), days ahead of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day (which begins on the evening of Wednesday, April 27 and concludes at sundown on Thursday, April 28). The Annual Gathering of Remembrance program will feature music, remarks from Holocaust survivors and public figures, and a moving candle-lighting ceremony.

“Each year we gather to collectively remember all of those who were lost, and make the oath to never forget,” said Jack Kliger, President and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. “Given the positive response we received after last year’s virtual event, we will once again present this annual event online so that many more people – from across the country and globe – can commemorate this day together.”

“We are honored to come together once again to remember the lives of those who were lost in the Holocaust and those survivors who we’ve lost in the past year, and to share meaningful moments with survivors who are still with us,” said Museum Trustee Rita Lerner, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors and the event Co-Chair.

The event is co-chaired by Rita Lerner and Ann Oster. Speakers will include UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Temple Emanu-El Senior Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson. Musical performances will be provided by HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir, Cantor Joseph Malovany, Zalmen Mlotek, Zisl Slepovitch, Valeryia Sholokhova, and others. Documentarian Sophie Parens will present clips of her newly-released Zaida: A Documentary. Thirteen-year-old Canadian Podcaster Eliane Goldstein, who created The Effect on Us, will interview a Holocaust survivor.

Anyone wishing to view the Annual Gathering of Remembrance should RSVP at https://mjhnyc.org/AGR.

The program also will be shared on the Museum’s website and on Facebook.

A number of organizations are partnering with the Museum to create the ceremony. These include: Temple Emanu-El; HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir; National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene; The New York Board of Rabbis; JewishGen; 3GNY, 3G Philly and 3G NJ; the Anti-Defamation League; The Blue Card; Generations of the Shoah International; JCC MetroWest; The Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics, and the Holocaust (MIMEH); and The Mitzvah Project. This list is in formation.

About the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The Museum is committed to the crucial mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. The third largest Holocaust museum in the world and the second largest in North America, the Museum of Jewish Heritage anchors the southernmost tip of Manhattan, completing the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage maintains a collection of almost 40,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies and contains classrooms, a 375-seat theater (Edmond J. Safra Hall), special exhibition galleries, a resource center for educators, and a memorial art installation, Garden of Stones, designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. The Museum is the home of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.

The Museum’s current offerings include Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try, a first of its kind exhibition on the 20th century artist and Holocaust survivor on view through November 6, 2022. The Museum’s new core exhibition, The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do, opens June 30,2022.

The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene is currently presenting Harmony: A New Musical by Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman in the Museum’s Edmond J. Safra Hall.

The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.