Yellow Candle

Yellow Candle Project is a practical and informal educational tool to remember those murdered during the Holocaust. The candle will be lit on the eve of Yom Hashoah which this year will be the evening of 20th April 2020

What is the Yellow Candle Project?

The Yellow Candle Project is a practical and informal educational tool to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to highlight the lessons we can learn from it. We distribute a remembrance candle to as many individuals in the community as possible, along with a small card that gives the name of someone who perished in the Holocaust. The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was the World War II genocide of the European Jews. During World War II across German-occupied Europe, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered some six million Jews, around two-thirds of Europe's Jewish population.  As survivors of the Holocaust pass on, it is vital that we find new and innovative ways of perpetuating the memory of the Shoah and Yellow Candle is a wonderfully simple way to do this on an annual basis.

The community are asked to light their candle on the eve of Yom Hashoah, 20th April 2020, and post a picture of it, along with the name of the person they are remembering, on social media. Our aim is to create a nationwide memorial, both inside and outside of the Jewish Community, to those who tragically died during the Holocaust, and to raise awareness of the horrific effects of antisemitism. In 2020, adults and children will – many for the first time - be able to engage and an invaluable educational opportunity. The Yellow Candle UK website will provide a broad range of age-appropriate resources to explore Holocaust education and commemorate Yom HaShoah.

What is the Impact of The Yellow Candle Project?

In 2020 this project will be in its fourth year. The project has seen a sharp increase in take up from 3,000 candles in year one, to 30,000 candles in 2019. In 2019, those that received Yellow Candles included 150 Jewish communal organisations, of which 18 were schools.  The project was initially managed by a committee, who are still very much involved and earlier this year Maccabi GB took over the management and distribution of the Project.  This is a unique and valuable project, which Maccabi GB recognises has the capacity to grow even more. As such, we are fully invested in ensuring this project is sustainable over the next 3-5 years and beyond, and have ordered tens of thousands of candles to distribute for the 2020 Project.

Such was the success of the project on social media in 2019 that it became the fourth most popular topic on Twitter, ensuring a much greater reach than we had imagined. Yellow Candles were lit by the community and leading figures in politics, sport and entertainment including then Prime Minister Theresa May, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Minister for Faith Lord Bourne, Luciana Berger MP, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Lord Alan Sugar, Ambassador of Israel Mark Regev, Matt Lucas, Martin Lewis, and Stacey Solomon.

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