President of Israel, Moshe Katsav (right) displaying the Declaration of Remembrance with Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate 17.9.2003
Shlomo Mintz (right), violinist and conductor, presents violin from the Holocaust period to Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, during the opening ceremony marking Yad Vashem's Jubilee Year
16 September 2003
This year, Yad Vashem is marking 50 years since its establishment. Throughout Yad Vashem's Jubilee Year, special events and activities will be held reflecting the theme, "Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future."
Three major events launching the Jubilee Year included the opening event on September 16th with the participation of the President and Prime Minister of Israel, the signing of the Jublilee Declaration of Remembrance at the President's residence on September 17th, and a dinner on the same evening in honor of Yad Vashem's supporters and donors, during which the Eternal Endowment Fund for the Future of Yad Vashem was announced.
Throughout September various structures will be dedicated in Yad Vashem's campus. Two commemorative stamps were issued in honor of Yad Vashem's Jubilee.
Other upcoming events include: the uploading of Yad Vashem's database of Holocaust victims' names to the internet in the spring, a special evening in the presence of Israel's heads of state in recognition of Holocaust survivors during the summer of 2004, an international conference for educators in the summer of 2004 and the dedication of the new Museum Complex in the fall of 2004.