Dec 3, 2013

Community Shows its Courage to Remember at Holocaust Exhibit

A world-renowned Holocaust photo exhibit came to South Palm Beach County for the first time in October 2013. More than 1,500 people came to the Federation campus to witness, learn and commemorate in a transformed Zinman Hall. The exhibit of 40 panels was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). From local schoolchildren to aging survivors, Jews and gentiles, the visitors attended special programs and public viewings of The Courage to Remember exhibit throughout the week. They came away with lessons beyond history. Giving enduring meaning to the Shoah, they reflected on hatred and bigotry to this day, and the importance of fighting for justice.

Compelling testimony from Schindler’s List survivor Helen Jonas, concentration camp liberator George Sherman, and March of the Living alumnus Alexander Zafran highlighted JCRC’s deeply moving Opening Ceremony on October 21, with poignant, inspiring musical interludes from Cantorial Soloist Lawrence Dermer.

Major donors and Federation leaders were “welcomed back” at a “sneak preview” the previous evening with Dr. Leon Weissberg. A few days later, the Young Adult Division hosted an evening of dialogue, song and remembrance with Rabbis David Baum, Marci Bloch, Josh Broide and Greg Weisman, Cantorial Soloist Lawrence Dermer and Israeli World Boxing Champion and aspiring Rabbi Yuri Foreman. The Lions of Judah later viewed the exhibit with Dr. Rose Gatens, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at FAU. Throughout the week, programs with Dr. Gatens and Federation’s Department of Jewish Education provided age-appropriate learning opportunities for 560 students from 11 area middle, high and congregational schools.

The Courage to Remember was produced by Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance and presented by the Foundation for California. Learn more about the traveling exhibit at couragetoremember.com.

Click here to view more photos from Courage week.

“REMEMBERING OUR PAST AND CHERISHING OUR FUTURE, TOGETHER WE CARE AND FIGHT FOR EACH OTHER, AND BUILD RELATIONSHIPS TO HELP PROTECT AND SUSTAIN US FROM EVER-PRESENT THREATS.”
~MATTHEW C. LEVIN, FEDERATION PRESIDENT & CEO

“IN THE FACE OF EVERY IMAGINABLE AND UNIMAGINABLE ADVERSITY, THE SURVIVORS FOUND THE COURAGE TO DECLARE HINENI – HERE I AM – AND FIGHT WITH EVERY SINGLE OUNCE OF THEIR PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL BEING FOR ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH. . .THE SURVIVORS HAVE PROTECTED AND CARRIED THE ESSENCE OF HINENI FAR LONGER AND WITH FAR MORE SACRIFICES THAN WE WILL EVER KNOW, BUT NOW THEY MUST BE RELIEVED OF THAT DUTY. . . IT IS FOR THEM AND BECAUSE OF THEM THAT WE MUST FIND THIS COURAGE TO REMEMBER.”
~ALEX ZAFRAN, MARCH OF THE LIVING ALUMNUS