Menu Close

Week of Remembrance 2019

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh presents a Week of Remembrance, May 1 to May 7, featuring legendary actor Ed Asner in a production of the Holocaust drama The Soap Myth.

We are now accepting sponsorships for the Week of Remembrance. Please contact Tanya Bielski-Braham at or 412-939-7293 for details.

Please join us for this week of programming that remembers and celebrates lives lost to hate. This first annual Week of Remembrance will run from May 1 to May 7. It includes:

Waldman Arts and Writing Award Ceremony

Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm, Rodef Shalom’s Levy Hall (4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)
The Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition allows students in grades 6-12 to submit original art and compete for academic scholarships. Participants come from across Allegheny County, and our partner region in Israel, Karmiel-Misgav. During the ceremony, we will also be honoring the 2018-2019 Holocaust Educator of the Year. This program is free and open to the public. The Waldman International is annually underwritten by the Hal K. and Diane Waldman Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Register now!

Yom HaShoah Commemoration: Women and the Holocaust

Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 pm, JCC Katz Auditorium (5738 Darlington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

The Holocaust Center has been holding a community-wide commemoration of Yom HaShoah since we were established in 1980. The commemoration includes short readings and a candle-lighting ceremony honoring Holocaust victims, rescuers, and liberators. This year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration will focus on Women and the Holocaust, the Holocaust Center’s 2018-2019 program theme. This program is free and open to the public. Register now!

The Soap Myth

Monday, May 6 at 7:00 pm, Rodef Shalom Sanctuary (4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

The Soap Myth is a play by Jeff Cohen that depicts the friendship that develops between a young Jewish journalist and a cantankerous Holocaust survivor on a crusade about the inclusion of “soap” in Holocaust Memorial Museums – did the Nazis make soap from the fat of murdered Jews?  Along the way, the play grapples with the pernicious evil of antisemitism masquerading as Holocaust denial.  It asks provocative questions like How does a survivor survive surviving? and Who has the right to write history? The play stars Ed Asner (TV: The Mary Tyler Moore ShowLou Grant; Film: UpElf). General admission tickets will be $75 each; Individual VIP tickets with backstage access will be $150. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 212 279 4200 Get your tickets now!

The Soap Myth Student Matinee

Tuesday, May 7 at 11:30 am, Rodef Shalom Sanctuary (4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)
A free student matinee for secondary schools to see The Soap Myth. Registration is limited and required. Contact Jackie Reese for details.