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

Morris Rubell Holocaust Remembrance Journeys

Among the programs the Holocaust Council helps plan and  facilitate are The Morris Rubell Holocaust Remembrance Journeys and the follow-up “From Learning to Action” annual seminars.

The journeys are one-day journeys to the USHMM in Washington, followed by a visit to the Lincoln Memorial and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Breakfast and dinner are served on the bus, lunch is eaten at the museum’s café and the day is fun but also highly educational and inspiring. The bus serves as a moving classroom and includes both Michael Rubell, the founder and president of Teamworks, Inc. and one or two survivors. The programs are free to schools.

For more information and to apply, please click on the links below.

Upcoming Events

  • From Memory to History

    Through May 4
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus
    901 Route 10, Whippany
    Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Femalesis an exhibit of tapestries and sculputres by Manhattan artist, educator, and activist Linda Stein.

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    Through May 4
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus
    901 Route 10, Whippany
    Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Femalesis an exhibit of tapestries and sculputres by Manhattan artist, educator, and activist Linda Stein.

    more
  • Real to Reel Film Series

    The Innocents
    Wednesday, February 7 - 7 p.m.
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, Whippany
    A week before Valentine's Day, please join us for The Matchmaker, a coming of age story interwoven with the story of a Holocaust Survivor who is a matchmakr set in Haifa in 1968. It is also a story of the many facets of love. RSVP to holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3194.

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    The Innocents
    Wednesday, February 7 - 7 p.m.
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, Whippany
    A week before Valentine's Day, please join us for The Matchmaker, a coming of age story interwoven with the story of a Holocaust Survivor who is a matchmakr set in Haifa in 1968. It is also a story of the many facets of love. RSVP to holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3194.

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  • Lunch & Learn

    Thursday, Feb. 15 - 12 noon
    Hear Peter Kessel speak about harrowing details of how his Polish-born parents survived concentration camps, death marches, and other precarious situations in camps such as Bergen Belsen and Birkenau.
    Admission is free but please RSVP toholocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org
    or (973) 929-3194.

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    Thursday, Feb. 15 - 12 noon
    Hear Peter Kessel speak about harrowing details of how his Polish-born parents survived concentration camps, death marches, and other precarious situations in camps such as Bergen Belsen and Birkenau.
    Admission is free but please RSVP toholocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org
    or (973) 929-3194.

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  • Real to Reel Film Series

    Suite Francaise
    Tuesday, March 27 - 7 p.m.
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, Whippany
    Based on a the best-selling book by Irene Nemirovsky and set during the German occupation of France in the 1940s, Suite Francaise tells the story of Lucille Angellier as she awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war. Lucille's life is turned upside down as Parisian refugees pour into her small town. RSVP to holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3194.

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    Suite Francaise
    Tuesday, March 27 - 7 p.m.
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, Whippany
    Based on a the best-selling book by Irene Nemirovsky and set during the German occupation of France in the 1940s, Suite Francaise tells the story of Lucille Angellier as she awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war. Lucille's life is turned upside down as Parisian refugees pour into her small town. RSVP to holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3194.

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Unconquered Souls Trailer from IPAK Productions on Vimeo.

Unconquered Souls has it all. It’s the story of Anitta Boyko Fox and her family who fled Vienna after Hitler’s rise to power and Kristallnacht. It’s about survival, migration, resilience in the face of trauma and displacement, entrepreneurship, Zionism, the use of cutting edge science and technologies to assure the establishment of an emrging nation at existential risk, art, romance, and dogs.

Be an Upstander Trailer from IPAK Productions on Vimeo.

Please view our new movie trailer BE AN UPSTANDER: The Fred Heyman Story, a film produced by our own former volunteer intern, Howard Goldberg (with the help of IPAK production company), now a junior at Ithaca College, and Fred’s “twin.” Film premiere updates will be coming shortly.

 

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

more

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

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

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