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St. Louis Yom HaShoah Commemoration April 19

Liberation and Survival: Where do I go now? will be the focus of Yom HaShoah commemoration on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The Holocaust Remembrance Day event will feature eyewitness accounts of the Shoah from survivors and witnesses. The program will also include a traditional candle-lighting service, Holocaust Torah procession, liturgical readings and prayers. Join the community-wide commemoration at Kol Rinah Congregation, 829 N. Hanley Road, beginning at 4 pm. Music will be performed by Andrew Ruben, Mischa and Tova Braitberg of Elegant Ensembles. Mischa and Tova Braitberg are the son and granddaughter of survivors Szyfra and the late Gregor Braitbert. Additional music by Kolot, a community-wide Jewish women’s choir. The program will be interpreted in sign language. Synagogue lot reserved for handicapped parking; ample street parking available. For further information call 314-442-3714. Generously sponsored by Sara and Leo...

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HMLC receives Focus St. Louis Award

The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center is a 2015 recipient of a “What’s Right With the Region!” award from Focus St. Louis. This prestigious recognition comes as we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year. This honor gives us an amazing start to 2015. The Museum was selected in the category entitled Improving Racial Equality and Social Justice. To see more about this event and award watch this video. Other organizations honored this year include the Ferguson Youth Initiative, Starkloff Disability Institute, the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Cover Missouri Coalition and the local National Council of Jewish Women’s Healing Hearts Bank. We are extremely grateful and humbled by this honor. As you know, it takes a village to accomplish what we do. Our great team of Holocaust survivor speakers, docents, volunteers and staff made this award possible. Thanks to the Jewish Federation for their financial and collegial...

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Armenian Genocide Lecture at HMLC

“A Centenary of Survival: Enduring Lessons and Legacies of the Armenian Genocide” will be the focus of a lecture by Dr. Nicole E. Vartanian on March 19 at 7:00 pm at Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Dr. Vartanian will discuss the history and lessons of the Armenian Genocide. Between 1915 and 1923, one and a half million Armenians were murdered or perished from harsh treatment and death marches. By 1923, Armenians had been completely eliminated from Asia Minor and historic Western Armenia. Four decades later, this systematic ethnic cleansing would be described as “genocide” by Raphael Lemkin. Dr. Nicole E. Vartanian is the Acting Executive Director of the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF). Headquartered in New York City and Yerevan, Armenia. COAF has transformed the lives of nearly 28,000 rural youth and their families in Armenia via systemic reform efforts in education, healthcare, social and economic development. Having been awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to Armenia, Dr. Vartanian also serves on the advisory boards of The Genocide Education Project, Columbia University Armenian Center. Dr. Vartanian is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College, where she is instructing a graduate seminar on Multicultural Education. Daniel Reich, Curator of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, noted the importance of understanding and recognizing the Armenian Genocide. “While some scholars consider the quotation apocryphal, in a speech only a month before the invasion of Europe, Hitler is quoted as saying, ‘Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians.’ Just as we must remember the Shoah, we must also commemorate the early 20th century genocide of the Armenians.” Educational materials regarding the Armenian Genocide will be provided. A light reception will follow the presentation; dietary laws observed. This lecture is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested. To RSVP, please call 314-442-3711 or email AGoldfeder@JFedSTL.org. Sponsored by the Rubin (of blessed memory) and Gloria Feldman Family Education Institute of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, the Metro St. Louis Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial and the Jewish Community Relations...

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Rabbis 1943 March on Washington to be Subject of Annual Rubin Feldman Memorial Lecture

“The Day the Rabbis Marched in Washington: the 400 Rabbis Who Helped Change U.S. Policy Towards the Holocaust” is the focus of this year’s annual Rubin Feldman Memorial Lecture, which will be held at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center theater in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, on Tuesday, February 17, at 7:30 pm. Dr. Rafael Medoff, founding director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, will tell the story of the more than 400 hundred rabbis who, in 1943, converged on Washington D.C. to plead with the United States government to take action to save the Jews during the Holocaust. This program, which will include rare original footage of the march, describes the background of the march and the divisions in the American Jewish community over publicly challenging the Roosevelt administration. Dr. Medoff, author of 15 books about the Holocaust, Zionism and American Jewish history, is currently collaborating with Disney Educational Productions on a series of short animated films called, “The Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust.” This lecture is generously supported by Aish St. Louis and the Rubin (z”l) and Gloria Feldman Family Education Institute of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. “I’m pleased that these two organizations, so important to Gloria Feldman, are combining efforts to bring such a significant speaker to St. Louis to address this important, and little known, subject,” says Daniel Reich, Director of Education for the Museum. Dr. Medoff’s presentation will be followed by a light reception; dietary laws observed. This lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register or for further information, please contact Andrew Goldfeder at 314-442-3711 or AGoldfeder@JFedSTL.org, or the AISH office at 314-862-2474 or...

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Creative Entries Sought From Students for Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (HMLC) is seeking entries for the 2015 Art and Writing Contest. The contest asks creative middle and high school students to express the difficult and inspiring lessons of the Holocaust. This is the 12th year that the annual competition has been held in dedication to the memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in honor of the grandchildren of sponsors Dr. Ira (of blessed memory) and Judith Gall. Winning entries in each division will be awarded cash prizes and will be displayed at the museum and in other locations in the area. For the writing contest, students may write a poem, newspaper article, story, play/dialogue or essay. Entries will be judged on content, originality and quality of expression and accuracy. For the art contest, students may create a sculpture, drawing, photograph, painting, poster, collage or 5-minute video or DVD. The work will be judged on creativity, excellence and content. This year, as the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center commemorates its 20th Anniversary, the winners of the Art and Writing contest will have an ever greater impact on the HMLC and its visitors. Official rules, submission details and further information are listed on the entry form, which can be picked up at the HMLC at 12 Millstone Campus Drive or can be downloaded at HMLC.org/ArtandWriting. Entries must be received by the HMLC no later than 3 pm on April 17, 2015 (postmarks not accepted). For additional information on the contest, contact Dan Reich at DReich@JFedSTL.org or...

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