About 1,000 View Yad Vashem Holocaust Exhibit at Federation

About the Event
Approximately 1,000 people from throughout South Palm Beach County headed to the Federation to view a new multi-media Yad Vashem Holocaust exhibit from November 6-11. Proudly presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), the local installation of SHOAH: How Was It Humanly Possible - Telling the Story of the Holocaust: 1933-1945 in Zinman Hall marked only the third time the exhibit, which opened at the United Nations, has been shown in the United States.

The exhibit opened with a reception for Federation’s King David Society, followed by a JCRC program for community leaders. Throughout the week, public viewings were offered free of charge, lessons were held for local Jewish day schools and congregational religious schools, and an array of groups held programs and toured, including: Federation’s Lions of Judah, Young Adult Division, Business & Professional Division, Professional Advisory Committee and staff, as well as residents of Stonebridge Country Club and the Toby and Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences of Boca Raton.

Dr. Marlene Yahalom, Director of Education for the American Society for Yad Vashem, which loaned the exhibit, and Dr. Leon Weissberg provided background and context at the programs and viewings. Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center located in Jerusalem, was established in 1953 by the Israeli Parliament.

“I am delighted that our Federation made this extraordinary exhibit available, and proud of our role in planning and coordinating eleven programs which allowed approximately 1,000 residents of our community to view it,” said Matthew Kutcher, JCRC Chair. “Every group and individual, regardless of prior exposure to this dark period of Jewish and human history, left the exhibit deeply moved and highly sensitized to how such a horror could have been possible.”

The Yad Vashem exhibit was generously underwritten by The Karp Family.