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Holocaust Awareness Institute

Holocaust Awareness Institute


The Holocaust Awareness Institute programs and co-sponsors community events, which further Holocaust Awareness Education.

Additionally, HAI works to inform our community about other events happening around town that relate to Holocaust Awareness and education. Our calendar of events also includes important dates that are commemorated throughout the year.

remembrance days & Holocaust/Genocide Awareness Events

Click here to learn more about HAI's ongoing commitment to genocide awareness and how you can be involved.

Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed as a day of commemoration for the people who perished in the Holocaust and marks the anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. The day is observed on the 27th of Nisan, the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar.

Yom HaShoah will be observed on the following days on the Gregorian calendar:

2016 Thursday, May 5
2017 Monday, April 24
2018 Thursday, April 12
2019 Thursday, May 2
2020 Tuesday, April 21

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on January 27, and is designated by UN General Assembly Resolution in 2005 to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in 1945.

HAI is proud to co-sponsor Holocaust Remembrance Events throughout the Denver Metro Area, including the annual Holocaust Survivors Memorial and "Voices from the Holocaust" events throughout Greeley, CO. For more information on how to receive sponsorship for your event or to request a speaker from our Survivors Speakers Bureau, please email us at [email protected].

For resources on Remembrance Days, including how to mindfully organize a remembrance event, check out the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by clicking here.


For a complete list of upcoming events, please visit our calendar page by clicking here.

Past EVents

For a complete list of past events, please visit our Past Events page by clicking here.

2014-15 Events

Click here to expand the list of 2014-15 HAI sponsored events
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4:00pm
Jewish Community Center | Phillips Social Hall 350 South Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246-8102
2015 Holocaust Survivor Memorial
70 Years; Remembering the Past and Celebrating the Future
Featured Guests:
Chairperson - Jacques Ruda
Holocaust Survivor - Zachary Kutner
Second Generation - Tessa Rubinstein
Cantor - Joel Lichterman
Keynote Speaker - Rabbi Avraham Mintz

Learn more...

  • Voices from the Holocaust April 12 - 19, 2015

Voices from the HolocaustHAI is happy to co-sponsor the series of events held in Greeley, Colorado.  The schedule of events is available as a download. 

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015, Doors open at 5:30pm, Program Begins at 6:00pm
Temple Emanuel | 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
The Governor's 34th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program
Survival and Forgiveness:  The True Story of Eva Mozes Kor, Mengele Twin
A Message to Colorado delivered by Governor John Hickenlooper
A candle-lighting ceremony, memorializing those who perished in the Holocaust and honoring Colorado's Holocaust survivors.

To RSVP, visit or contact Anti-Defamation League at 303.830.7177 ext. 220.

Learn more...

  • Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm
Hebrew Education Alliance | 3600 South Ivanhoe Street, Denver, CO 80237
70th Anniversary of Liberation of Dachau and the End of WWII
From Darkness to Light
Special Guest Speaker
Major General Edwards, Adjutant General
Colorado National Guard
Cantor Martin Goldstein - Star Spangled Banner
Cantor Zachary Kutner - El Malei Rachamim
Mr. Jack Welner - Speaking
Oscar Sladek and the Colorado Hebrew Chorale - Music

HAI is happy to be a co-sponsor for this event.  Learn more...



  • Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1-6:00pm
    University of Denver Powwow: 150th Sand Creek Special Honoring Blanket Ceremony

    PowwowThe Center for Judaic Studies and the Holocaust Awareness Institute cosponsor the Native Student Alliance at DU's 2014 Powwow celebrating Native American culture through dance, music art, and food. Powwows are Native American celebrations of community and spirituality, featuring Native American drum, song, and dance. As Native Americans were moved onto reservations, their dancing was curtailed by government regulations and so became a powerful symbol of Native identity. Powwows adapted from traditional gatherings for particular situations into new social gatherings which include honoring the Creator, renewing friendships past, present, and future.
    The event will also commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek massacre in eastern Colorado with a special Honoring Blanket Ceremony. In late 1864, a group of Colorado militiamen attacked a band of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians near Sand Creek in eastern Colorado, killing more than 150 Indians, many of them women, children and elderly. The attack became known as the Sand Creek Massacre. 

    The Powwow will take place on Driscoll Green (rain location is Driscoll Ballroom) on DU's campus

  • Oct. 26, 201412th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture

  • Nov. 9, 2014Kristallnacht

  • Jan. 27, 2015International Holocaust Remembrance Day

  • April 16, 2015 - Yom Hashoah

Check out our Scrapbook of Past Events to see what other programming HAI has been a part of.