Yad Vashem


Yad Vashem (YAHD vah-SHEHM) listen


Example Sentences

  • "I visited Yad Vashem with my Birthright trip, happened to be the day after my 26th birthday. My one piece of advice is bring pocket packs (plural) of tissues." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • יָד וַשֵׁם 'lit. a memorial and a name'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).


  • "The museum also honors the resistance fighters and Righteous Gentiles who helped the Jews during World War II. Yad Vashem includes memorial plaques bearing the names of all the concentration camps; rooms for quiet reflection and prayer; eternal yahrzeit flames; a children’s memorial; and an exhibit of art produced during the Holocaust. It also houses an extensive library and research center that serves as a resource on the Holocaust." (JPS)

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