Shoah Yellow Candles

Holocaust Remembrance for Tisha B’Av

Anti Semitism is Pervasive

Light Your Yellow Candle Before Sunset Wednesday, July 29, 2020 

   Program Schedule

  • Rescue your Yellow Candles from your building now or before about Wednesday, July 1st.  Wear a mask and stay at least six feet apart. 
  • Arrange for your Rabbi or Lay Leader to provide Tisha B’Av letter / meditation to be included with your Yellow Candle™ delivery. — June 26 – July 6, 2020.
  • IF MAILING:  PACK YOUR CANDLES.  — June 26 – July 6th, 2020. Remember social distancing.
    •    Either send the candles home with your volunteers for packing and labeling
    •    Or spread out your “packing team” in your shul’s social hall at least six feet apart and wear masks. Remember social distancing.
  • Deliver the Yellow Candles in their boxes to the Post Office.  —  June 30 – July 7, 2020.  Please allow three weeks for 3rd class mail delivery.  They may take a long time.
    •      Set aside some Yellow Candles™ for people to come in and pick-up, because they will hear about it from others.  
  • Submit Yellow Candles for Tisha B’Av flyers to your webmaster for inclusion on your website(s). Arrange calendar notices, e-blasts, bulletins, etc.  — by July 13, 2020
  • Provide announcements to read at services, etc. reminding the community to light their Yellow Candle™ for Tisha B’Av, before sundown on July 29th.  —  by July 13, 2020
    •      Submit a press release to local media outlets. Follow-up with telephone calls. 
  • Encourage the Rabbi and leaders to post & share the light your Yellow Candle message- Fight Antisemitism and Holocaust Remembrance. Shine Yellow Candles for Tisha B’Av. Light the Yellow Candle™ before sundown on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
  • Light the Yellow Candle™ before sundown on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, before Tisha B’Av.
  • Tisha B’Av is Thursday, July 30, 2020. Yes, it’s a fast day.


Sample Rabbi Letter

(On Your Letterhead)

Dear Friends:

This unusual year, we are combining both Tisha B’av, the culmination of a three-week period of mourning, with Holocaust Remembrance, by sharing the Shoah Yellow Candle at the same time. Please light your Yellow Candle on Wednesday, July 29th before sunset.  Then attend the virtual Tisha B’av commemoration, the next day Thursday, July 30th at 9:00 a.m.  The service link is available on the synagogue website.

The Jewish people are committed to memory.  Our entire historical consciousness is based on the memory of our people’s activities throughout history. In our generation, it is our task to remember the Shoah, the horrible destruction of our people during World War II. What was destroyed were not only human lives but human potential, not merely Jewish culture but new possibilities for Jewish creativity, not simply six-million Jews but the generations that might have come from them.

Thus, it is incumbent upon us to remember what we lost. I highly commend our own Men’s Club and The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs for the Shoah Candle Program.  It allows us to bring the memory of our loss into our homes through the ritualized lighting of the yellow Shoah Yahrzeit candle.

I encourage you to light the candle and place it by your window in the same way that you place the Hanukkah candles for all to see. I also encourage you to contribute to the Program to ensure that we may be able to continue it in the years to come.  Give your contributions in memory of those who perished and in honor of the generations of their families that were never born.

Light a Candle, Preserve a Memory! TM



Rabbi {insert name}



In these memorable days, as I light this Yellow Candle, I vow never to forget the lives of the Jewish men, women, and children who are symbolized by this flame.  They were tortured and brutalized by human beings who acted like beasts; their lives were taken in cruelty.  May we be inspired to learn more about our six million brothers and sisters as individuals and as communities, to recall their memory throughout the year, so that they will not suffer a double death.   To that end, I now memorialize the name and life of (Name Below) who as a child was denied an entire lifetime of dreams and hope. May I embody the beauty and goodness of what could have been had s/he lived.  May we recall not only the terror of their deaths, but also the splendor of their lives.  May the memory of their lives inspire us to hallow our own lives and to live meaningful Jewish lives so that we may help to ensure that part of who they were shall endure always. 


COVID 19 Status – Please share with your clergy

We hope you and your family are staying safe during this most unusual time.

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) April 20, 2020 fell at a time when our countries were in lockdown mode due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  A number of Men’s Clubs and other organizations, who distribute the Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle to their membership, could not do so, and are now asking what to do as a result? 

The Candle remains an important symbol and we want to suggest alternative opportunities  to distribute and the days to light the Candle.  Of course, if you are a Synagogue or Temple, please consult with your Rabbi to determine appropriateness what might be an appropriate option. Lighting your Yom HaShoah candle on these days, remembering a child or a loved one who lost their lives in the Holocaust, is an appropriate, and educational way to remember a young life who perished in the Holocaust, perhaps whom no one may be left to say the Mourners Kaddish or Yizkor.   The following are some alternatives, if appropriate you should always refer to your Rabbi for guidance.

●      On Shavout it is traditional to recite the Yizkor (The opening word of  the communal memorial) which is the traditional mourning services recited in memory of a parent or other close loved one or friend during synagogue services on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), on the eighth day of Passover (Pesaḥ), on Shemini Atzeret (the eighth day of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles), and on the first or second day of Shavuot  pending if you celebrate 1 day or 2 (Feast of Weeks).   Often people will light a Yartziet Candle on the day they recite Yizkor.  Shavout begins on Thursday May 28th and for those who observe two-day ends at sunset on May 30, 2020.  Check the local congregation to determine which day Yizkor is recited.

●      The  9th of Av  Tisha B’Av is regarded as the saddest day in the Jewish calendar and it is thus believed to be a day which is destined to recall tragedies that befell the Jewish People throughout the ages.  It is a fast day that begins on July 29, 2020 and concludes after sunset on July 30, 2020, a number of congregations have used the Yellow Candle during their services on Tisha B’Av is an opportunity for candles to light a Yellow Candle at home.

Rabbi Mario Rojzman at Beth Torah – Benny Rok Campus in N. Miami Beach encourages safe distribution of the Yellow Candles to our congregants on Tisha B’Av, if safe and possible. We will light our Yellow Candles at home before sunset on July 29th, and meet digitally for proper minyan that night and again, the next morning, on Tisha B’Av, Thursday, July 30th.   Tisha B’Av is the culmination of a three week period of mourning. 

“By combining the two commemorations on one date, may we bring light and focus to both;” says Rabbi Rojzman. “Our hearts may always be strong.” 

●      Yom Kippur is another day when Yizkor is recited.  The Candles and the name of a child or a loved one could be distributed during Rosh HaShanah to families attending services with the request to light the candle on erev Yom Kippur.

In each of the above the name of a Child and the meditation may be used.

The tragedy of the Holocaust is not to be forgotten in order to prevent similar heinous crimes or a repeat offense.  Sharing light through remembrance using the Yellow Candle, is just a moment in time, but a timeless moment that can never be forgotten. The tool of light – through candle sharing – will shine truth on everyone it comes across. 

We cannot forget the Holocaust; we must educate its lessons to prevent hatred and intolerance. Together we can shine the light, even at this time of our own darkness.