Yom Ha'Shoah Event Marks 26th Year

Shoah Foundation Institute executive director speaks at Cedars-Sinai

One of the world's leading advocates of Holocaust education and genocide prevention was the keynote speaker at this year's Yom Ha'Shoah program at Cedars-Sinai.

More than 300 physicians, employees, volunteers, and community members attended the event to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The 26th annual event marking Holocaust Remembrance Day was held in Harvey Morse Auditorium on Monday, April 12. The program included the lighting of six candles to represent the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. Cedars-Sinai volunteer Saul Kroll read the El Moleh Rachamim memorial prayer. The Mourner's Kaddish was also recited.

Joel Geiderman, M.D., chair of Cedars-Sinai’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Program and co-chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, helped organize the event, which is co-sponsored by the medical staff and the medical center. He is also vice chair of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The son of Holocaust survivors, Dr. Geiderman introduced Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute of Visual History and Education.

Smith was founding director of the U.K. Holocaust Centre - Britain's first dedicated Holocaust memorial and education institution - and he chairs the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the body that runs national Holocaust commemoration in the U.K. He also founded the Aegis Trust, an agency that works globally to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity.

The Cedars-Sinai program was established in 1985 by the Feintech Family and with the medical center leadership of Leon Morgenstern, M.D., emeritus chair of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Morgenstern lights one of six candles that represented the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.