Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)
Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day. The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and the Jewish Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University honor Yom HaShoah with special programming each year.
2019: A Golem for Berlin
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Location: VDA Family Suite, 3rd Floor, William H. Hannon Library
- Artwork and Lecture by Joshua Abarbanel
In Jewish folklore, the golem is an inanimate creature brought to life by ritual incantations and sequences of Hebrew letters. In most tales the golem is conjured by a human and becomes a helper, companion, or rescuer of an imperiled Jewish community (when Berlin’s Weissensee Jewish Cemetery was spared destruction during the Holocaust, some said it was because a golem resided on its grounds). Often the creature runs amok and becomes a threat.
For generations, the golem has inspired artists, writers, filmmakers, and scholars who have been intrigued by the tale’s metaphors about creativity, hubris, the potency of words, and the conundrums of power. In 2015, Joshua Abarbanel was commissioned by the Jewish Museum Berlin to create a large-scale golem sculpture for their 2016 exhibition Golem. Abarbanel’s dramatic sculpture of a golem in repose is composed of thousands of wooden letters and was a centerpiece of the exhibition. A scale model of the larger sculpture was on display in the Library’s 3rd floor atrium throughout April 2019.