Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest NJ

Who are we?

The mission of the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest NJ is to remember the Holocaust and convey its history and lessons. In this context, we address the central tenets of what it means to be a moral and responsible citizen.

Why Support Holocaust education?

As the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum states, "The history of the Holocaust represents one of the most effective, and most extensively documented, subjects for a pedagogical examination of basic moral issues." But what does that really mean? more

What to tell your child about bullying and discrimination

The population of our nation is becoming increasingly diverse. Here are some suggestions to help your child get along with people of varied backgrounds and abilities in the United States today. more

UPCOMING EVENTS

Here are some upcoming events that may be of interest

  • From Kristallnacht to Carnegie Hall: The Art & Life of Fred S. Boyko

    Thursday, October 30 - 7 p.m.
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, Whippany
    Holocaust Council invites you to the opening reception.
    Admitted to the academy that twice rejected Hitler, Fred S. Boyko was a highly regarded Viennese portraitist. After Kirstallnacht, he and his family fled to New York. This exhibit will be on view from Oct. 20 through Nov. 21.
    Admission is free and open to the public.

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    Thursday, October 30 - 7 p.m.
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, Whippany
    Holocaust Council invites you to the opening reception.
    Admitted to the academy that twice rejected Hitler, Fred S. Boyko was a highly regarded Viennese portraitist. After Kirstallnacht, he and his family fled to New York. This exhibit will be on view from Oct. 20 through Nov. 21.
    Admission is free and open to the public.

    more details
  • Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

    Thursday, November 6 - 12 p.m.
    Wilf Gallery, Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, Whippany
    Erwin Ganz was born in Frankfurt, Germany on August 22, 1929. Erwin will share his personal life experiences as a young Jewish boy growing up in Germany during the Nazi regime, and discuss his recollection of Kirstallnacht, "The Night of Broken Glass", in 1938.
    Admission free. Open to the public. RSVP to holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org.

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    Thursday, November 6 - 12 p.m.
    Wilf Gallery, Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, Whippany
    Erwin Ganz was born in Frankfurt, Germany on August 22, 1929. Erwin will share his personal life experiences as a young Jewish boy growing up in Germany during the Nazi regime, and discuss his recollection of Kirstallnacht, "The Night of Broken Glass", in 1938.
    Admission free. Open to the public. RSVP to holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org.

    download flyer
  • Reel to Real Film Series: The North Star

    Wednesday, November 12 - 7 p.m.
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, Whippany, NJ
    This 1943 film portrays the resistance of Ukrainian villagers, through guerilla tactics, against the brutal German invaders. Created in 1943 during the height of WWII, the film was unabashedly pro-Soviet. During the Cold War, it was cut and shown as Armored Attack, but was recently released in the original version.
    Admission is free and all are invited. Light refreshments will be served.

    download flyer

    Wednesday, November 12 - 7 p.m.
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, Whippany, NJ
    This 1943 film portrays the resistance of Ukrainian villagers, through guerilla tactics, against the brutal German invaders. Created in 1943 during the height of WWII, the film was unabashedly pro-Soviet. During the Cold War, it was cut and shown as Armored Attack, but was recently released in the original version.
    Admission is free and all are invited. Light refreshments will be served.

    download flyer

Cecile Seiden Memorial Workshop for Educators

Cecile devoted much of her time teaching children, youth, educators, and the general community about the Holocaust. Each year, teachers gather to increase their understanding of various aspects of the Holocaust and new ways to teach it and its lessons.  They learn from and are inspired by fascinating presenters and master teachers. more

Survivors Speak

Survivors Speak is a program originally developed by the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest for the Morris Museum as part of their outreach to schools. 

The program consists of two speakers who are eyewitnesses to the Holocaust (survivors, liberators, POWs) and a moderator. more

Twin-With-A-Survivor Program 

The Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest created Twin-With-a-Survivor in 2001 to provide B’nai Mitzvah students the opportunity to make personal connections to Survivors who exemplify continued commitment to the Jewish community. 

Please return your completed contracts (by fax, mail, or scanned to email) to:
Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
901 Route 10, Whippany, NJ 07981
fax (973) 884-7361
holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org

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Adopt-a-Survivor 

Adopt-A-Survivor is a program “to preserve and perpetuate the N’shamah – the soul and spirit of Shoah Survivors.” The program pairs a Survivor with one or more students. The student(s) become familiar with the Survivor’s life in order to tell that Survivor’s story in a public venue in the year 2045, a hundred years after the liberation of Auschwitz.

Please return your completed contracts (by fax, mail, or scanned to email) to:
Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
901 Route 10, Whippany, NJ 07981
fax (973) 884-7361
holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org

more

In the News

read more in the Holocaust Council news archive

  • The real Monuments Man...

    Daily Mail (MailOnline.co.uk) (6/28/14)
    In the searing heat, some 700 feet deep in the bowels of the Kochendorf salt mine in Germany, Harry Ettlinger prised open one of the 40,000 mud-crusted crates stacked by the shaft.

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    Daily Mail (MailOnline.co.uk) (6/28/14)
    In the searing heat, some 700 feet deep in the bowels of the Kochendorf salt mine in Germany, Harry Ettlinger prised open one of the 40,000 mud-crusted crates stacked by the shaft.

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    Daily Mail (MailOnline.co.uk) (6/28/14)
    In the searing heat, some 700 feet deep in the bowels of the Kochendorf salt mine in Germany, Harry Ettlinger prised open one of the 40,000 mud-crusted ...

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    Daily Mail (MailOnline.co.uk) (6/28/14)
    In the searing heat, some 700 feet deep in the bowels of the Kochendorf salt mine ...

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    Daily Mail (MailOnline.co.uk) (6/28/14)
    In the searing heat, some 700 feet deep in...

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    Daily Mail (MailOnline.co.uk) (6/28/14)
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  • Survivor family’s gift honors late politician

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/7/14)
    When congregation leaders at Adath Shalom, the Conservative synagogue in Morris Plains, asked Ed Mosberg what was most important to him, he responded, “Holocaust education.”

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    New Jersey Jewish News (5/7/14)
    When congregation leaders at Adath Shalom, the Conservative synagogue in Morris Plains, asked Ed Mosberg what was most important to him, he responded, “Holocaust education.”

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    New Jersey Jewish News (5/7/14)
    When congregation leaders at Adath Shalom, the Conservative synagogue in Morris Plains, asked Ed Mosberg what was most important to him, he responded, “Holoca...

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    New Jersey Jewish News (5/7/14)
    When congregation leaders at Adath Shalom, the Conservative synagogue in Morris Plains, as...

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    New Jersey Jewish News (5/7/14)
    When congregation leaders at Adath Shalom, the Con...

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Keeping Holocaust Memories Alive: Twin With a Survivor

CJ Online (3/11/2013)
by Barbara Wind


What do we want from our b’nai mitzvah students?


Acknowledgement and acceptance. We want them to acknowledge that they are part of the Jewish people. And we want them to accept their personal responsibility as a member of that community. But how do we convey to them the value of that Jewish engagement? Historian Salo Baron has suggested that we dwell not only on the “lachrymose conception of Jewish history” but rather on the “joy as well as ultimate redemption” of Judaism. more