BZD Israel

Yellow Candle Project

The Baltimore Zionist District is honored to bring for a fourth year the Yellow Candle Project, which was originally created and distributed in the United Kingdom, to the Baltimore community. The yellow candle is a practical and informal educational tool to remember those murdered during the Holocaust. The candle comes with a card displaying the name, age, date, and place of death of a victim of the Holocaust. The youngest victim being remembered is 1-year-old, and the eldest is 82.

We hope you will join Yellow Candle Project and Baltimore Zionist District as we come together to remember the six million who perished in the Holocaust, by lighting the candle on Yom HaShoah eve, April 17th, 2023.

Pick-up locations and times:

Monday, March 27 thru Thursday, March 30, 2023: BZD office, 9 AM- 3 PM

Monday, April 3rd, 2023: BZD office, 9 AM- 3 PM

Tuesday, April 4th, 2022: BZD office, 9 AM- 3 PM

Thursday, April 13th, 2023: BZD office, 9 AM- 3 PM

Friday, April 14th, 2023: BZD office, 9 AM- 2 PM

For additional questions, please contact:

Join the BZD and Central Christian on Monday, April 17, at 7:00 PM in Commemoration of Yom Hashoah.
We will host a candle-lighting ceremony and guest speaker- Lola Hahn, a second-generation Holocaust Survivor- whose mother and two aunts were saved by Oskar Schindler.
Teens join us for a special program with Holocaust Survivor Herta Baitch, who fled her home in Austria, was separated from her mother as a child, and lived in foster care, eventually doing the same in America.
Central Christian Assembly
7411 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237

What Is Yellow Candle?

  • A simple, practical tool for the Jewish community and beyond, to remember Jewish victims of the Holocaust on the occasion of Yom HaShoah.
  • Every candle comes with a small card that carries the name of someone who perished; many of the names are of children.
  • A unique educational opportunity that brings learning about the Holocaust directly into the home of the participant.


The candle will be lit on the eve of Yom HaShoah. Every candle comes in a bag with a small card that carries the name of someone who perished in the Shoah, many of them children. People are encouraged to take a photograph of the candle lighting with the name they are lighting it for and post it on social media using the hashtag #YellowCandleBZD and #YellowCandle.

With the help of our sponsors, you will be able to receive the candle at no cost. If you are interested in donating towards this project, please email Caren at:

The Yellow Candle social media campaign has been very successful in the last couple of years; the hashtag #YellowCandle trended #1 on Twitter on Yom HaShoah eve, 2020, and engaged people across the community, including celebrities and other public figures.

See examples here

This will be the seventh year of the initiative, which in year one saw 3,000 candles distributed and last year grew to 100,000.

The project was managed by volunteers who raised the funds to distribute the candles free of any cost. This year with Maccabi GB now handling the supply chain and distribution, we have 1,000 candles to distribute to our community in Baltimore. The Baltimore Zionist District is proud to be a U.S. contributing organization that will be helping to distribute these candles throughout our community. 

The Yellow Candle Project also gives families the opportunity to speak about the Holocaust, perhaps for the first time, and raise awareness of what can happen if antisemitism goes unchallenged.

“As those that suffered the Holocaust first hand but survived begin to pass on, it is vital that we find new and innovative ways of perpetuating the memory of the holocaust and Yellow Candle is a wonderfully simple way to do this on an annual basis. Maccabi GB are proud to be associated with Yellow Candle."

“The yellow candle project is a simple but incredibly powerful and poignant way to remember individual victims of the holocaust. It has grown incredibly since its launch in this country two years ago and we are now delighted to be working with Maccabi GB who are helping to take this project to the next level where this year we will light 25,000 candles.”

“The Yellow Candle Project has been incredibly successful in preserving the memory of individuals who perished in the holocaust. As the last survivors leave us it’s all the more important that we keep those memories alive. It’s wonderful that Maccabi GB are partnering with us to ensure its position as a significant holocaust education initiative.”

Step 1: Pick Up Your Yellow Candle

Pick up time and location are mentioned above. Can't make it on time? Contact:

Step 2: Unbox Your Candle And Read Your Card

Click the button below for more information about the Holocaust victim on your card and additional educational resources. By clicking the button below, each recipient will be given a wide range of resources, as well as a template home-ceremony; Young people, parents and teachers & educators will have dedicated pages with signposting opportunities to the best educational resources in Holocaust education, provided by the leading experts in the field.

Step 3: Light Your Candle On Yom HaShoah Eve April 17th, 2023

We ask that each participant will take a picture of their candle with the card and post onto social media with the hashtags below.

Social Media Tagging for:
Baltimore Zionist District
Facebook – @BaltimoreZionistDistrict
Instagram – @Baltimore_zionistdistrict
Twitter – @BZDIsrael

Examples From Past Years:

All donations will be designated for the 2024 Yellow Candle Project.

Together, We will remember the six million.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!