Holocaust victims are honored at 25-hour vigil in Pasadena – Pasadena Star News

  • Jonathan Bar-El of the Consul for Public Diplomacy and Culture listens to speakers at the annual Everybody Has A Name Vigil, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust of Nations United at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • A woman listens to speakers at the annual Every Person Has a Name Vigil, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, 22 January 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • A Holocaust exhibit during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star -News/SCNG)

  • Jonathan Bar-El of the Consul for Public Diplomacy and Culture speaks at the annual Every Person Has a Name Vigil, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust of Nations United at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Anthony Portantino, 25th State Senate District, speaks at the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star -News/SCNG)

  • The Jewish Youth Orchestra performs at the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at City Hall in Pasadena on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • A Holocaust exhibit during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star -News/SCNG)

  • Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo speaks during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the hotel town hall in Pasadena on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Judy Chu, 27th congressional district, speaks during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the hotel Town Hall of Pasadena on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star- News/SCNG)

  • The names of those murdered in the Babi Yard massacre are read out at the annual Every Person Has a Name vigil, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jason Moss, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation, speaks at the annual Everybody Has A Name Vigil, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • A Holocaust exhibit during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star -News/SCNG)

  • Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo speaks during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the hotel town hall in Pasadena on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • A Holocaust exhibit during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star -News/SCNG)

  • Jonathan Bar-El of the Consul for Public Diplomacy and Culture views a Holocaust exhibit during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day United Nations Holocaust at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 1, 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • A Holocaust exhibit during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star -News/SCNG)

  • A Holocaust exhibit during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star -News/SCNG)

  • Residents listen to speakers during the annual Every Person Has a Name, a 25-hour Holocaust vigil to commemorate United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday January 22, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

In honor of United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls on Thursday, January 27, Pasadena hosted a 25-hour Holocaust vigil held on the hotel steps of town. The vigil began on Saturday evening January 22 and was to continue until Sunday.

Organized by the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, the annual Every Person Has a Name event was simulcast live for those unable to attend. It can be viewed online at www.facebook.com/jewishsgpv.

The program will begin with a ceremony of commemoration with speeches by elected officials and local clergy, followed by a performance by the Jewish Youth Orchestra of the Jewish Federation.

Holocaust survivors and their children from across the community read the names of family members who were killed, officials said. Then volunteers from across the community read about 7,000 more names.

The event also featured a historical exhibit depicting the extent of the Holocaust.

“As we bring the community together, we remember that every person who was killed in the Holocaust was someone who lived and whose life was cut short. And by saying their names out loud… they are remembered,” said Jason Moss, executive director of the Jewish Federation. “An event like this, especially with the significant rise in hate and anti-Semitism in recent times, including the anti-Semitic incidents in Pasadena, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, reminds us all of what can happen when the hatred is not controlled.”

Just last month, Pasadena police investigated the distribution of anti-Semitic leaflets in the city. A recent report on hate crimes from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations found an increase in hate crimes to the highest level reported since 2008.

In October, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that establishes California’s first statewide commission to monitor and track hate crimes and incidents.

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