Commemorations and Celebrations
Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — Community Commemoration
Wednesday, April 7, 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Join us on Zoom for a meaningful ceremony commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day. Our program will include testimony from a survivor, longtime Washington Heights/Inwood resident, Henry Stern; moving renditions of Shtiler Shtiler, Ani Ma'amin, and Partisan’s Hymn, by bassoon player Gili Sharett; the communal lighting of yahrzeit (memorial) candles at home; and an opportunity for our community to mourn together. This program is proudly brought to you by the Washington Heights and Inwood Jewish community with support from Beth Am, The People's Temple; Fort Tryon Jewish Center; Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation; Mount Sinai Jewish Center; the Twenty-Something Minyan; and the Y's Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life.
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Community Remembrance Wall
Thursday, April 8, 2:00 - 7:00 PM
Join the larger Washington Heights and Inwood Jewish community in person as we pay tribute to the lives touched by the Shoah, Holocaust. Please stop by the Mount Sinai Jewish Center lawn at 135 Bennett Avenue to leave a thought, prayer, name, or drawing on a communal image board. In order to keep with social distancing, please bring your contribution ready to be hung. Push pins and electronic candles will be available on site. Co-sponsored by Beth Am, The People's Temple; Fort Tryon Jewish Center; Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation; Mount Sinai Jewish Center; the Twenty-Something Minyan; and the Y's Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life.
The Modern Face of Anti-Semitism
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Join us on Zoom for a riveting panel discussion about the rise in anti-Semitic incidents today and concerns for the future.
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Dr. Shay Pilnik
The grandson of Holocaust survivors from Lithuania, who immigrated to Israel from the USSR about a decade after the founding of the Jewish State, Dr. Shay Pilnik is the director of the Emil A. and Jenny Fish Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at Yeshiva University. Prior to this position, he was the executive director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) in Milwaukee between 2014 and early 2020. Under his leadership, the organization doubled both its outreach and capacity, serving schools and communities across the state of Wisconsin with programming, lectures, teacher workshops, study abroad trips, and more. Dr. Pilnik earned his bachelor's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majoring in Comparative Literature and Jewish Thought; an master’s degree in Jewish Studies from McGill University, and a doctoral degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Modern Jewish Studies. His PhD dissertation dealt with the commemoration of the Babi Yar Massacre in Soviet Russian and Yiddish Literature. From 2008 - 2014, he was an adjunct instructor at the Universities of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Oshkosh, lecturing on a variety of topics including the Holocaust, modern Jewish history and culture, Judaism, Hebrew Bible, and religions of the world.
Brandon Pinsker currently serves as AJC’s assistant director of ACCESS NY, AJC NY’s young professionals division, overseeing ACCESS NY’s advocacy, leadership, and fellowship. Pinsker is the founder of AJC’s ACCESS Leadership Fellowship, a national fellowship that provides young professionals with an immersive experience in the critical advocacy of AJC. He joined AJC from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Boston, where he worked on Israel activism on campus. Pinsker oversaw CJP's Israel engagement efforts across 12 campus sites in Boston through close collaboration with Hillel staff, Jewish student groups, non-Jewish student groups, and pro-Israel communal organizations. He founded CJP’s Intercampus Leadership Committee, a group of 20 pro-Israel student leaders representing the Greater Boston area and established coalitions between pro-Israel/Jewish student groups and Latino, Muslim, LGBT, and interfaith groups. He received his BA in history and religious studies from the University of Pittsburgh and his MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.
Tali Farhadian Weinstein
Tali Farhadian Weinstein came to America as a child on Christmas Eve 1979, having fled the violence and anti-Semitism of revolutionary Iran. She in turn has dedicated her life to fighting for safety, fairness, and justice for all. After earning degrees from Yale College, Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law School, she served as a law clerk for Judge Merrick B. Garland at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, first as counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder and then as a federal prosecutor. Most recently, before stepping down to run for district attorney, Weinstein served as the general counsel of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office which, under the leadership of Eric Gonzalez, is regarded as a national model of progressive prosecution, and which has kept crime — especially violent crime — at record lows for the borough. In 2020, Weinstein was appointed to the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes, a group of leaders of the bench and bar whose mission is to examine the factors that have led to the recent increase in hate crimes and help better educate the public on the value of diversity and inclusion.
Yom HaAtzmaut — Israel Independence Day — Celebration
Thursday, April 15, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
The Y and the field next door
Join us as we celebrate Israel Independence Day! There is no cost to attend. Dinner will be served. Program stations for children and adults. Bring a picnic blanket to sit with your pod. Masks and socially distancing required.
Special events program:
4:30 PM Human Bingo (Camp Twelve Trails Edition)
5:00 PM Meet Your Neighbors Speed Dating
5:30 PM Israeli Dancing
6:00 PM Human Bingo
6:30 PM Scavenger Hunt
Co-sponsored by Beth Am, The People's Temple; Fort Tryon Jewish Center; Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation; Mount Sinai Jewish Center; The Beis; the Twenty-Something Minyan; and the Y's Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life.