2021 Community Holocaust Commemoration


Join us for a unique virtual experience as we explore the Shoah through multi-generational perspectives. Together we remember the victims of the Holocaust, honor its Survivors, and teach future generations.

In Partnership with

Anti-Defamation League • IAC San Diego – Israeli American Council
Jewish Community Foundation • Jewish Family Service of San Diego • Lawrence Family JCC
New Life Club • San Diego Generations of the Shoah • San Diego Rabbinic Association
Seacrest Village Retirement Communities • The Butterfly Project



Memorial Ceremony
Wednesday, April 7 | 7:15pm - 8:00pm

Remembrance ceremony, including candle-lighting, conducted by Rabbi Joshua Dorsch and Rabbi Ralph Dalin. Proudly featuring local Survivors, Manya and Mike Wallenfels as well as David Lipsitz, Ba'al Tefilah from Congregation Beth El.



Survivors in the Living Room
Thursday, April 8 – Sunday, April 11

Throughout the week, experience intimate conversations and stories of strength. Proudly featuring local Survivors:

Harry Rosen
Thursday, April 8
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Lou Pechi
Thursday, April 8
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Vera Falus Lorell
Friday, April 9
11:00am -12:30pm

Ben Midler
Sunday, April 11
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Presented by Jewish Federation of San Diego County,
Israeli American Council, Lawrence Family JCC,
and the Anti-Defamation League.



Lessons of Resiliency from Survivors to Teens
Sunday, April 11th | 1:00pm - 2:15pm

A candid conversation with teens and Survivors.
Proudly featuring local Survivors, Lou Pechi & Pearl Recht and teens Marissa Wilfahrt & Zachary Patterson

Pearl Recht

Lou Pechi

Marissa Wilfahrt

Zachary Patterson

Presented by Jewish Federation of San Diego County,
Jewish Family Service, and the Anti-Defamation League.

An important message to Survivors: During these unprecedented times, we want you to know that you are not alone. If you need assistance, please call us at 858-737-7157 or email survivorsnow@jewishinsandiego.org.

Recordings of the 2020 Yom Hashoah Virtual Programs 

A Conversation with Ben Midler

Before watching this video, please watch the short documentary about Ben's Life then skip to 4:30 in the video above for the programs with his daughters. 

Developing Global Leaders

Join Steve Schindler and Nicole Nocon as they explore their how their different family's history are making an impact in Germany today.

Sharing Our Families Stories 

With the Butterfly Project Education team. Learn more at TheButterflyProjectNow.org.

Talia's Tolerance Tour 

Talia Schauder, Poway High School senior, shares her grandfather story and tolerance presentation with local high school students and community members. 

Additional Resources & Articles 

Benjamin Midler

Life of a Child Survivor

The Butterfly Project

Sharing Stories

We Remember Campaign

World Jewish Congress

Steve Schindler Feature

Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Her Dance of Life

Survivor Stories

Holocaust Survivor Ruth Sax, Sandra Scheller

Keeping Memories Alive

Sandra Scheller