Zikaron BaSalon

Zikaron BaSalon is a social initiative which takes place on the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day and on various other dates around the world. Literally meaning “remembrance in the living room” in Hebrew, the idea was born from the understanding that the connection between today's society and the memories of the Holocaust, has significantly deteriorated.

Alongside formal events, Zikaron BaSalon offers a new, meaningful and intimate way to commemorate this day and address its implications through discussions at home among family, friends and guests. It is a unique and authentic tradition of people gathering together to open their hearts to the stories of the survivors, sing, think, read, talk and most importantly- listen.

 

This coming Holocaust Memorial Day, we invite you to take part in shaping a Holocaust memorial, to host or participate in a gathering of Zikaron BaSalon. We will make sure that as a host it will be an easy and simple event to organize.

 

We are here to help you create a meaningful experience.


Join over 500,000 Zikaron BaSalon hosts and participants worldwide.

In The Media

 

"A few years ago, when the Holocaust Memorial Day arrived, It felt so far away– that it doesn’t fulfill the potential of what I can take out of this."

"Never before was I able to partake in an honest conversation about the Holocaust with a German."

"Jewish people and survivors of the death camps make great efforts to ensure that the Holocaust is not forgotten."

"I was at an event that included a talk with one of the twin siblings which the Nazi Josef Mengele experimented on in Auschwitz. The talk was followed by a few songs and a very lively discussion of the phenomenon of “Holocaust Humor"

"Like on Rosh HaShana and Passover, I feel connected to the Jewish People and our common history. Knowing that so many people are sitting, like me, in my living room, is a powerful feeling"

"A growing number of Israelis have been foregoing the public Holocaust eve ceremony on television or in the town square, and sitting in someone’s living room hearing survivors’ stories in a small, intimate group."

"We sat in the living room and heard a survivor relate her story. Someone brought out a guitar and sang. I spoke about my father [former Justice Minister Tommy Lapid], about how the Shoah defined him... and me" 

"Then a few people had an idea: to bring together Israelis and a survivor in an informal setting, which is simply put, somebody’s living room." 

"Zikaron basalon :un témoin, un salon, des invités… et le devoir de Mémoire préservé." 

"Our Salon in Helsinki, Finland was so very special. It managed to emotionally connect people to the essence of the day, despite the distance from Israel."

"The traditional way of commemorating by either going to an official ceremony or watching one on TV is too passive. People are looking for a way to commemorate in a more active way."

"As a Third Generation of survivor, it is important for me to share my grandmother's story so that her memory will live on forever. Zikaron BaSalon enables me to fulfill this life mission."

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