On Monday April 24, Jews around the world observe Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Memorial Day. This is the day when we gather to remember and reflect on the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by the Nazis.
You may not be aware that Mount Sinai has several powerful art installations which were created in memory of those whom we have lost. Please read below to learn about how Mount Sinai honors those lost in the Holocaust every day. These areas are always open for prayer and silent meditation.
Located at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, The Memorial to Six Million, was created by artist Bernard Zakheim. This powerful piece portrays three dimensional figures rendered in burnt and tortured wood to depict differences among Holocaust victims.
The six heroic figures are set among cement slabs which bear the names of the most infamous Nazi death camps. Rising from these stones is an eternal flame that symbolizes the everlasting spirit of the Six Million martyrs and the rebirth of Israel from the ashes of the Holocaust.
This monument is extremely powerful and it is not unusual to pass by individuals praying for loved ones or placing stones or flowers on the camps in memory of those who perished. For many years, Cafe Europa (the Los Angeles Holocaust survivor group) held their Yom HaShoah service in front of the Zakheim Memorial.
Located at Mount Sinai Simi Valley, The Grove of the Righteous Rescuers is a secluded arbor which is dedicated to the many non-Jews, who at risk to themselves and their families, rescued and hid Jewish men, women and children as they fled from death at the hands of the Nazis.
We encourage all who visit to pause and reflect upon the 40 tablets representing 40 nations whose citizens helped Jewish people escape Hitler’s regime.
Three Quilts of Memories, adorn the walls of the Kamenir Chapel at Mount Sinai Simi Valley. The Quilts of Memories were created in 2008 when Mount Sinai invited people to submit squares that commemorated or spoke to the Holocaust in any way they wished. The response was overwhelming and instead of receiving enough squares to create one quilt, Mount Sinai wound up with enough hand-crafted squares to stitch together into three quilts. Each square is unique. Each one tells a story of tragedy and hope.
On Yom HaShoah and every day, we remember those who died at the hands of the Nazis and we declare "ZACHOR" NEVER AGAIN.