Jewish National Fund-USA Commemorates Yom HaShoah

Jewish National Fund-USA CEO Russell F. Robinson joined Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day



New York, NY: April 21, 2020 – A lone cellist on the steps of Israel’s Knesset (parliament) opened a virtual global commemoration in honor of Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 21. Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin, and Jewish National Fund-USA Chief Executive Officer, Russell F. Robinson, along with Israeli musicians and youth activists paid their respects to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.


Russell Robinson

JNF-USA CEO, Russell F. Robinson, addressed the virtual commemoration event


In Robinson’s address, he recalled the courage of those who stood up to the tyranny of Nazism: “It is a privilege for me to represent Jewish National Fund-USA and our thousands of donors who are committed to the centrality of the land and people of Israel. In these unchartered times, we must recognize that others went through significantly harder times, yet they rose up and fought for freedom. They fought for the opportunities that we have today, and yes, the opportunities that we will still have tomorrow.”


President Rivlin















Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin, paid tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust


The commemoration ceremony was facilitated by Israel’s Ghetto Fighters’ House museum, the first Holocaust museum in the world and an organization founded by Holocaust survivors. Since its establishment in 1949, the museum tells the story of the Holocaust during World War II, emphasizing the bravery, spiritual triumph and the incredible ability of Holocaust survivors and the fighters of the revolt to rebuild their lives in a new country about which they had dreamed – the State of Israel.



A Cellist plays outside Israel’s Knesset (parliament)


“Today, children in Israel, the US, and around the world are facing the same realities. Fear, uncertainty, and trepidation. Yet, we need to look at our security rather than insecurities. On this Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, we need to remember that it’s the human spirit that will take us forward to the days ahead.”


Jewish National Fund-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation-building activities in Israel's north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, Jewish National Fund-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure for ecology, special needs, and heritage preservation.



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