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.

  • November 9-10, 2017 - the 79th anniversary of Kirstallnacht

    The Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest invites you to participate in its newest initiative: Remember and Be the Light. On the evening of November 9, please light a candle in your window to protest baseless hatred and serve as a reminder that this democratic nation in which we live is founded upon the principles of freedom, liberty, and justice for all.
    Let us learn from history and stand against hatred. Let us Remember and Be the Light. #RememberandBetheLight

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    The Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest invites you to participate in its newest initiative: Remember and Be the Light. On the evening of November 9, please light a candle in your window to protest baseless hatred and serve as a reminder that this democratic nation in which we live i...

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    The Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest invites you to participate in its newest initiative: Remember and Be the Light. On the evening of November 9, please light a candle in your wind...

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    The Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest invites you to participate in its newest initiative: Remember and Be the L...

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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

  • Lunch & Learn

    Joel Liebowitz
    Thursday, October 26 - 12 noon
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus
    901 Route 10, Whippany
    Hear Joel Liebowitz describe how his family survived the Holocaust with the help of the Bielski Brigade, an organization of Jewish Partisans who hid in forests and fought back against Nazi occupiers. Admission is free but please RSVP toholocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org
    or (973) 929-3194.

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    Joel Liebowitz
    Thursday, October 26 - 12 noon
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus
    901 Route 10, Whippany
    Hear Joel Liebowitz describe how his family survived the Holocaust with the help of the Bielski Brigade, an organization of Jewish Partisans who hid in forests and fought back against Nazi occupiers. Admission is free but please RSVP toholocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org
    or (973) 929-3194.

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  • Kristallnacht Commemoration - Irwin Prifer, guest speaker

    Wednesday, November 8 - 12 p.m.
    Wilf Memorial
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus
    901 Route 10, Whippany
    In 1938, 15-year-old Erwin Prifer was learning to make leather goods. On November 10, all the students in his school were arrested and held for transport to Dachau. Of the group, only Erwin and one other boy were released at 2 a.m. All are invited. Please RSVP to holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org
    or (973) 929-3194.

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    Wednesday, November 8 - 12 p.m.
    Wilf Memorial
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus
    901 Route 10, Whippany
    In 1938, 15-year-old Erwin Prifer was learning to make leather goods. On November 10, all the students in his school were arrested and held for transport to Dachau. ...

    download flyer

    Wednesday, November 8 - 12 p.m.
    Wilf Memorial
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus
    901 Route 10, Whippany
    In 1938, 15-year-old Erwin Prifer was learning to make leather go...

    download flyer

    Wednesday, November 8 - 12 p.m.
    Wilf Memorial
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus
    901 Route 10, Whipp...

    download flyer

    Wednesday, November 8 - 12 p.m.
    Wilf Memorial
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewi...

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    Wednesday, November 8 - 12 p.m.
    Wilf Memor...

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    Wednesday, Novembe...

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  • Real to Reel Film Series

    THe Joel Files - A Story of Two Families
    Thursday, November 16 - 7 p.m.
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, Whippany
    The singer Billy Joel and his brother trace their family history back to the Holocaust in The Joel Files – A Story of Two Families. RSVP to holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3194.

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    THe Joel Files - A Story of Two Families
    Thursday, November 16 - 7 p.m.
    Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, Whippany
    The singer Billy Joel and his brother trace their family history back to the Holocaust in The Joel Files – A Story of Two Families. 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

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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

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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