About Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is the leading source for Shoah education, commemoration, documentation and research. As the Jewish people’s memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem works to safeguard and impart the memory of the victims; to pay tribute to the survivors; to honor the Righteous Among the Nations; to accurately document one of the most cataclysmic chapters in the history of humanity; and to contend with the challenges of keeping the Holocaust relevant today and for future generations.
The survivor generation is rapidly dwindling, and we will soon find ourselves in an era without survivors to tell their stories first hand. In an era of alternative facts, Yad Vashem works tirelessly to meet the inevitable challenges of how to pass the torch of Holocaust remembrance to a generation who will not have the opportunity to hear a survivor’s first-hand account of the horrors, and of how to impart the significance of Jewish identity and continuity to the fourth and fifth generations. Yad Vashem’s integrated approach incorporates meaningful educational initiatives, groundbreaking research and inspirational exhibits. Its use of innovative technological platforms maximizes accessibility to the vast information in the Yad Vashem collections for an expanding global audience.
The American Society for Yad Vashem (ASYV) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, spearheaded by Eli Zborowski z”l, to support the crucial efforts of Yad Vashem. Since its establishment, ASYV has grown from a handful of dedicated members to over 65,000 passionate individuals throughout the country. ASYV advances the mission of Holocaust education and remembrance by hosting social and educational events in New York, California, Florida, and around the United States. Through seminars and conferences, ASYV trains educators and professionals to promulgate the educational curriculum of Yad Vashem in the classroom. ASYV initiatives include the Young Leadership Associates, a growing group of enthusiastic members of the third generation that has undertaken the task of developing programs to promote Holocaust education and awareness among their peers. With the support of our donors, ASYV is able to strengthen the efforts of Yad Vashem as together we remember the past and shape the future.