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Holocaust Education Week

“In memory of our father, Auschwitz survivor Siggi B. Wilzig, and our mother, Naomi Wilzig.” Donated by their children, Ivan, Sherry and Alan.

The legacy of the Holocaust will be considered from cultural, academic and personal perspectives through a series of enlightening lectures, community discussions and a film presentation at locations throughout Miami-Dade County.

Holocaust Education Week is a community-wide program of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, a Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. All events are free of charge and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Due to limited seating, those interested in attending Holocaust Education Week events are encouraged to make reservations by clicking a link below or calling 305.538.1663.

Holocaust Seder: Ritual of Remembrance and Redemption
Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m.
Temple Israel of Greater Miami
137 NE 19th Street, Miami

Call 305.573.5900, email info@templeisrael.net or CLICK HERE TO RSVP
The imperative to remember and learn from the Holocaust is illustrated in this new and moving Jewish ritual experience. Please join us as we honor and commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Thomas Yazdgerdi, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, U.S. State Department will be the evening’s guest speaker.

$20 for event, $25 for kosher food option. Reservation required.

No Joking Matter: Political Cartoons and the Holocaust
(Two dates and venues)
Monday, January 30 at 7 p.m.
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center
20400 NE 30th Avenue, Aventura

Tuesday, January 31 at 11:15 a.m.
Miami Dade College – Homestead Campus
Building F, Room F222
500 College Terrace, Homestead

Political cartoons are both a reflection and critique of society and politics. Holocaust scholar Dr. Rafael Medoff will explore the Allies’ response to the Holocaust using political editorial cartoons published in the United States and Great Britain during the 1930s and 1940s.

Dr. Rafael Medoff is the founding director of Washington, D.C.-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which focuses on America’s response to Nazism and the Holocaust. He is the author or editor of 16 books about the Holocaust, Zionism and American Jewish history.

Film Screening
Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home-Survivors’ Courage and Resilience
Tuesday, January, 31 at 7 p.m.
Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus
20350 NE 26th Avenue, North Miami Beach

A beautifully told documentary that traces the lives of Holocaust survivors and refugees who currently reside at Selfhelp, the Chicago home that has provided refuge for more than 1,000 elderly Central European Jews since the end of World War II.

Director Ethan Bensinger will give a special presentation and lead a post-film discussion.

A Community Read of Night – Honoring Elie Wiesel, z"l
Wednesday, February 1 at 7 p.m.
Miami Beach JCC
4221 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach

Elie Wiesel, z”l, has been described as a “messenger to mankind.” His most famous work, Night, describing his experiences surviving Auschwitz, continues to resonate to this day. Holocaust scholar Dr. Avraham (Alan) Rosen will lead a discussion about Elie Wiesel’s moving and chilling memoir, which still has much to teach us. It is recommended that you to read Night and bring a copy to the program.

Dr. Avraham Rosen lives in Israel and is the author or editor of 11 books. He has taught at universities and colleges in Israel and the United States, and lectures regularly on Holocaust Literature at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies and other Holocaust study centers.

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Chairperson of the Holocaust Education Committee of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach and Miami-Dade Schools Coordinator of Holocaust Education, will lead a special introduction of the book.

Songs of Hope and Resistance of the Warsaw Ghetto
Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
Temple Menorah
620 75th Street, Miami Beach

Creativity as a response to the Nazis never stopped during the Holocaust. In April 1943, Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto began an uprising that lasted for months. This program, led by educator and Yiddish musician Mark Levy, tells the story of the resistance through Yiddish song, poem and narrative from inside the ghettos and camps.

Mark Levy has performed and taught throughout the country for 25 years at synagogues, JCCs, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen’s Circle and other Jewish groups. He specializes in older Judaic folk music in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino, Klezmer history and theory and Jewish music history in general.

Encounter With Holocaust Survivors
Friday, February 3 at 9:30 a.m. 
Miami Beach Senior High School 
2231 Prairie Avenue, Miami Beach 

(Students in grades 10-12 only)
Students will spend the morning with Alex Gross and Allan Hall, two Holocaust survivors and volunteers at the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach. They will share their first-hand experiences of the Holocaust. Through meaningful conversation, students will gain insight into the years of World War II and how these survivors forged new lives in a new country.

Moderator David Reese is a language arts teacher in his 17th year with Miami-Dade public schools.

Holocaust Education Week is a community-wide program of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, a Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

In cooperation with Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center * Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus * City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council * Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC * Miami Dade College * Miami Dade County Public Schools Department of Social Sciences * Temple Israel of Greater Miami * Temple Menorah * The Sue & Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies — University of Miami * With special thanks to the Florida Department of Education

For more information and to RSVP, click on a link above or call 305.538.1663.