Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center

Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center https://trellis.org/hamec2023galadinnerandsilentauction Initially, the museum was housed in the basement of Riz's home.
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The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, America's first Holocaust museum, was founded in 1961 by survivor Yaakov Riz, who lost 83 members of his family in Hitler's death camps. Riz vowed that if he survived he would dedicate his life to establishing a museum that would memorialize the millions of Jews and Non-Jews who perished at the hands of N**i barbarism. The museum's genesis, its

growth and its struggle against intolerance are the realization of his dream, his courage and his commitment. In the five-county area that we serve, the museum's educational and community outreach is ecumenical and comprises a population that ranges from elementary school school (grade 5) to senior citizens. Many of the students we work with come from disadvantaged homes. Some of our students are newcomers who have fled countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Serbia. During the last 50 years, tens of thousands of students have visited the museum. We, in turn, have presented thousands of Holocaust programs in schools and to community groups and organizations. Our efforts are designed to emphasize the message that racial, ethnic, and religious hatred are the social poisons that weaken the American democracy.

Holocaust survivor, Danny Goldsmith, spoke to over 100 Mahanoy Elementary students virtually and shared his incredible s...
12/06/2023

Holocaust survivor, Danny Goldsmith, spoke to over 100 Mahanoy Elementary students virtually and shared his incredible story as a hidden child in Belgium. Students were a wonderful audience and asked meaningful questions. HAMEC reaches thousands of students and adults virtually and in person all over the world. Reach out to schedule your school or organization today.

HAMEC survivor speaker, Danny Goldsmith, spoke virtually to over 100 students at Mahanoy Elementary School in Mahanoy Ci...
12/05/2023

HAMEC survivor speaker, Danny Goldsmith, spoke virtually to over 100 students at Mahanoy Elementary School in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania today. We provide virtual speakers all over the world. Danny’s story as a hidden child in Belgium moves all audiences. Please contact HAMEC for more information. 215-464-4701.

HAMEC is pleased to announce the addition of Fabulous Flores to our professional staff team as the Education Director.  ...
12/05/2023

HAMEC is pleased to announce the addition of Fabulous Flores to our professional staff team as the Education Director.
Fabulous F. Flores received her Master of Arts degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Richard Stockton University of New Jersey. Prior to this, she graduated Penn State University with degrees in Journalism and Jewish studies. Her areas of focus include highlighting the experience of the untold stories and victims of mass atrocities. Fabulous’ thesis work, which she has named, “Reading the Silences: The Suppressed Voices of the Black Victims in the Holocaust” aspires to correct an erasure of history. During her time as a student, she worked for the Museum of Jewish Heritage and The Holocaust Awareness Museum as an education intern. Fabulous hopes to be able to incorporate the story of black victims into the field of Holocaust studies in order to provide a holistic study of the Third Reich.

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HAMEC is pleased to announce the addition of Fabulous Flores to our professional staff team as the Education Director.  ...
12/05/2023

HAMEC is pleased to announce the addition of Fabulous Flores to our professional staff team as the Education Director.
Fabulous F. Flores received her Master of Arts degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Richard Stockton University of New Jersey. Prior to this, she graduated Penn State University with degrees in Journalism and Jewish studies. Her areas of focus include highlighting the experience of the untold stories and victims of mass atrocities. Fabulous’ thesis work, which she has named, “Reading the Silences: The Suppressed Voices of the Black Victims in the Holocaust” aspires to correct an erasure of history. During her time as a student, she worked for the Museum of Jewish Heritage and The Holocaust Awareness Museum as an education intern. Fabulous hopes to be able to incorporate the story of black victims into the field of Holocaust studies in order to provide a holistic study of the Third Reich.

Reminder! Please join us tonight to hear 2G speaker Dr. Stephen Weiner discuss his remarkable family story.  Email Lise ...
12/05/2023

Reminder! Please join us tonight to hear 2G speaker Dr. Stephen Weiner discuss his remarkable family story. Email Lise at HAMEC for link. See email in post.

Please join HAMEC to hear 2G speaker Dr. Stephen Weiner on Zoom: Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 pm.  For Zoom link, pleas...
11/29/2023

Please join HAMEC to hear 2G speaker Dr. Stephen Weiner on Zoom: Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 pm. For Zoom link, please see flyer for email address. Stephen will share the story of his mother’s survival as a hidden child in Belgium during the N**i occupation. Stephen’s mother, Bella Flora, wrote 25 letters to her family who were hiding elsewhere in the country. Stephen’s Doctoral Dissertation was on Children of Holocaust Survivors, family dynamics and Jewish religious identity in the Second Generation. Please join us to learn this remarkable story.

Great HAMEC program today with Dina Lichtman Smith speaking to hundreds of Central Bucks East High School students.  The...
11/29/2023

Great HAMEC program today with Dina Lichtman Smith speaking to hundreds of Central Bucks East High School students. The students were a wonderful audience and will also have a Spring program. Please reach out if you’d like your school district to host a program.

The final countdown has begun. We are two days away from our virtual auction ending. Get those bids in now and please sh...
11/17/2023

The final countdown has begun. We are two days away from our virtual auction ending. Get those bids in now and please share the link.

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With Trellis you can attend or host fundraising events for impactful charities and nonprofits. Have fun, get connected, and improve your community today!

Tis the season - the gift-giving season. No matter what holiday you celebrate, our silent auction has plenty of gifts th...
11/17/2023

Tis the season - the gift-giving season. No matter what holiday you celebrate, our silent auction has plenty of gifts that keep on giving. Remember, when you bid on any of our items, 100% of the proceeds made in the auction goes entirely towards Holocaust education. It's a win-win situation. Please keep in mind that our virtual auction has a different inventory than our in-person auction. Check out the link in our bio for the virtual auction. 

A huge shout out to our generous donors:

 

 

 






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Check out these incredible adventures to bid on in both our virtual and in-person auctions! Visit the link in our bio fo...
11/16/2023

Check out these incredible adventures to bid on in both our virtual and in-person auctions! 

Visit the link in our bio for our virtual auction. Please keep in mind that the items listed in our virtual auction are different than the items listed in-person.

Thank you to these businesses for their generous support of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center. 100% of the proceeds made on auction items goes entirely towards Holocaust education. 




 
 
 





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Planning date night can be stressful, but we're here to help. Our in-person auction has so many restaurant gift cards fo...
11/14/2023

Planning date night can be stressful, but we're here to help. Our in-person auction has so many restaurant gift cards for you to choose from and bid on. Whether you like exploring the city or snuggling in the suburbs, we've got you covered. 

Thank you to our incredible donors, for donating gift cards to the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center. Don't forget, 100% of the proceeds made on auction items goes entirely towards Holocaust education. So, your date night is making a big difference in the community. 

If you're not able to make our in-person event, we still have plenty of exciting items to bid on in our virtual auction. Please see the link in our bio for more information. 





 


 



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Life's got you stressed? Need a getaway? We've got you covered. Bidding on one of our resort or hotel packages also fund...
11/07/2023

Life's got you stressed? Need a getaway? We've got you covered. Bidding on one of our resort or hotel packages also funds Holocaust education. Relax while effortlessly doing good for the community. 

Please check out both of our virtual and in-person auctions, since the items are varied. Virtual auction link can be found in our bio. 

Thank you to our hotel donors:


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HAMEC hosted Cheltenham basketball team this morning with survivor Ruth Hartz.  The team toured the museum and heard Rut...
11/07/2023

HAMEC hosted Cheltenham basketball team this morning with survivor Ruth Hartz. The team toured the museum and heard Ruth’s story of survival.

HAMEC speaker Sarah Meller and her two siblings spoke to over 150 students in Pikesville, Maryland last week.  They shar...
11/06/2023

HAMEC speaker Sarah Meller and her two siblings spoke to over 150 students in Pikesville, Maryland last week. They shared their story of survival and their time with the Partisans.

The day we've been preparing for is finally here! Our virtual auction is officially live, and open for business from now...
11/04/2023

The day we've been preparing for is finally here! Our virtual auction is officially live, and open for business from now until November 19th, when it closes at midnight. You can begin placing bids now, but don't forget to check occasionally if you've been outbid!

Please share this link, every share helps.

https://trellis.org/hamec2023galadinnerandsilentauction

Once again, thank you to our incredible donors.

We can't wait to see you at our gala on November 18th. Don't forget, the in-person auction and virtual auction have different packages, so please check out both.

11/04/2023

Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center has changed their virtual program with 2G speaker Stephen Weiner from, Monday, October 16th to Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 pm.

In honor of the 85th Anniversary of Kristallnacht/Pogrom Nacht: HAMEC is partnering with Gratz College to bring Holocaust survivor, Inge Auerbacher, on Sunday, November 12th at 3:30 pm to speak at Gratz College.

For more information:
https://www.gratz.edu/news-and-events/event-calendar/inge-auerbacher-kristallnacht-event

Shout out to a few more amazing donors. We greatly appreciate your support. Please check out our virtual auction at sund...
11/03/2023

Shout out to a few more amazing donors. We greatly appreciate your support. Please check out our virtual auction at sundown tomorrow.

Thank you again

The moment we've all been waiting for is almost here. We have one day left until our virtual auction goes live at sundow...
11/03/2023

The moment we've all been waiting for is almost here. We have one day left until our virtual auction goes live at sundown. Thank you once again for the incredible generosity and support of our amazing donors. 100% of the proceeds made on auction items goes entirely towards Holocaust education. 

Here are just some of the businesses that have donated to our auction this year. Thank you again to      



*Please note that our virtual auction has different packages than our in-person auction, so please be sure to check out both.*

The moment we've all been waiting for is almost here. We have one day left until our virtual auction goes live at sundow...
11/03/2023

The moment we've all been waiting for is almost here. We have one day left until our virtual auction goes live at sundown. Thank you once again for the incredible generosity and support of our amazing donors. 100% of the proceeds made on auction items goes entirely towards Holocaust education. 

Here are just some of the businesses that have donated to our auction this year. Thank you again to (insert donor tags.) 

*Please note that our virtual auction has different packages than our in-person auction, so please be sure to check out both.*

FlashbackFriday to when Jeffrey and Robyn Himelstein worked with Michael Herskovitz on the Witness to History Project; a...
11/03/2023

FlashbackFriday to when Jeffrey and Robyn Himelstein worked with Michael Herskovitz on the Witness to History Project; and to when Jeffrey worked with Frieda Tabak on the publication of an anthology of Witness testimonies. Fast forward to 2023, Jeffrey and Robyn presented their perspective on the importance of Holocaust education at the 82nd Babi Yar Anniversary Memorial Remembrance Ceremony at Shalom cemetery.

This year, Jeffrey and Robyn will be receiving the first Witness to History Project Future Leaders award at our Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction. Please join us on November 18th to raise funds and awareness for Holocaust education.







Get ready, we're only two days away from being able to bid in our virtual auction. AND just two short weeks from our Gal...
11/03/2023

Get ready, we're only two days away from being able to bid in our virtual auction. AND just two short weeks from our Gala dinner and silent auction. Remember to get your invites in or purchase tickets to the silent auction on the same site as our virtual auction.

Thank you once again to the generous donors. Without you, we would not be able to have an auction. Our virtual auction has different packages than our silent auction so be sure to attend both.

Please see the link for more information.

https://trellis.org/hamec2023galadinnerandsilentauction

10/31/2023

We have officially started the countdown until our online auction goes live! There are six days before you can start bidding through our virtual auction. Each day more packages are uploaded, so please keep an eye out for new and exciting things. We are so grateful to all the businesses and people who donated items to the auction. We received so many donations that the items that are listed in our virtual auction are different than the items listed in-person.

Did you know that you can use our Trellis site for more than just bidding on auction items? You can also purchase your tickets or send in a donation to HAMEC using Trellis.

Thank you once again to our generous donors.

Please see the link in our bio for more information.

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center is deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Holocaust sur...
10/17/2023

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center is deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Holocaust survivor Ernie Gross. Ernie was born in 1929 in Turt, Romania. He had five brothers and two sisters. In April, 1944, when Ernie was 15 years old, he and his family were deported to the Selvus ghetto for a few weeks, then sent to Auschwitz, arriving in late May, 1944. After enduring several months of horrific conditions, Ernie and thousands of other inmates were forced on a death march by the N**is towards Dachau. While waiting in line for the gas chambers, Ernie was liberated on April 29th, 1945 by the American Army. Ernie lost five members of his immediate family and many more of his extended family. Only two of his brothers and one sister survived.

Ernie spent some time in a displaced persons camp and in September 1947, he immigrated to New York City. He finally arrived in Philadelphia, where his father's three sisters lived. Decades later, he befriended one of the liberators, Don Greenbaum, who saved his life. They quickly became best friends, and Ernie and Don spent many years sharing their testimonies together to students from all over. His testimony can be found on our website's Legacy Library.

Ernie always had a smile on his face, and a joke to tell. He would often stop by our office when we were located in KleinLife, followed by lunch dates, where he would always ask if the restaurants had good soup. Ernie was one of the kindest souls, he became part of our family, and he will truly be missed. We will continue telling his story, to make sure that he lives on forever through our words and memories.

Ernie Gross' funeral will be held Friday, October 20th at 11:30am at Goldstein's. The funeral will be followed by a burial at Shalom cemetery. His family has kindly asked for no phone calls at this time.

In honor of the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht/Pogromnacht: HAMEC is partnering with Gratz College to bring Holocaust...
10/13/2023

In honor of the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht/Pogromnacht: HAMEC is partnering with Gratz College to bring Holocaust survivor, Inge Auerbacher, to our community on Sunday, November 12th at 3:30 pm at Gratz’s location. Inge’s family was in Germany during this terrifying event. At the age of 7 years old, she became a prisoner at Terezin concentration camp. Inge is an American chemist and talks all over the world. Inge is a hologram, you can ask her questions in this link: https://inge.storyfile.com/. Please join us for this very special opportunity to hear Inge’s story. All ages welcome!

HAMEC has changed our 2G virtual program with Stephen Weiner from this Monday, October 16th to Tuesday, December 5th at ...
10/13/2023

HAMEC has changed our 2G virtual program with Stephen Weiner from this Monday, October 16th to Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 pm. Zoom link will be posted later.

Prayer vigil tonight at Keneseth Israel. 7-8pm.  All are welcome.
10/11/2023

Prayer vigil tonight at Keneseth Israel. 7-8pm. All are welcome.

Join Old York Road Kehillah for a Prayer Vigil in Solidarity for Israel.  This Wednesday, October 11th. 7-8pm. Reform Co...
10/09/2023

Join Old York Road Kehillah for a Prayer Vigil in Solidarity for Israel. This Wednesday, October 11th. 7-8pm. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel. 8339 Old York Rd. Elkins Park.

Thank you to all our speakers and participants who joined us today to honor the victims of Babi Yar. The Archbishop of U...
10/08/2023

Thank you to all our speakers and participants who joined us today to honor the victims of Babi Yar. The Archbishop of Ukraine and Honorary Counsel of Ukraine of Philadelphia spoke of the Babi Yar tragedy and prayed for their memories. Please watch channel 10 news tonight at 6:00 pm to hear more.

We stand in solidarity with our friends, family and partners in Israel.  We pray and hope for a quick end to this attack...
10/07/2023

We stand in solidarity with our friends, family and partners in Israel. We pray and hope for a quick end to this attack by Hamas.

Please join us this Sunday at 11:00 am for the 82nd commemoration of Babi Yar Massacre. In addition to the speakers on t...
10/05/2023

Please join us this Sunday at 11:00 am for the 82nd commemoration of Babi Yar Massacre. In addition to the speakers on the flyer, we will have the Honorary Consul to Ukraine in Philadelphia and local students who created artwork to honor victims. Please note the entrance to Shalom Memorial Park is on 3573 Pine Road.

Save the date! We will have a concert honoring our local Holocaust survivors with the Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsy...
10/01/2023

Save the date! We will have a concert honoring our local Holocaust survivors with the Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir. Wednesday, January 31st. Audience members will meet survivors in small groups after the performance. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear our survivors’ stories. All school students are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Please share with your local schools. Thank you to for partnering with our museum.

Today we honor the victims of Babi Yar.  Please join us Sunday, October 8th at 11:00 am to commemorate this anniversary....
09/29/2023

Today we honor the victims of Babi Yar. Please join us Sunday, October 8th at 11:00 am to commemorate this anniversary. We will gather for reflection at the Babi Yar Memorial, Shalom Memorial Park. 3573 Pine Road. Huntingdon Valley.

Register for our upcoming Gala! Check out our online auction that starts November 4th and ends November 19th! Our in per...
09/29/2023

Register for our upcoming Gala! Check out our online auction that starts November 4th and ends November 19th! Our in person auction items will be on November 18th. Weekly updates. Don’t miss out on these great items.

Come check out our online auction. Our site is now live, so go look! Our online auction starts November 4th and ends nov...
09/28/2023

Come check out our online auction. Our site is now live, so go look! Our online auction starts November 4th and ends november 19th! Our in person auction is November 18th! Buy your tickets for the in person auction in the link today!
More items updated weekly. Thank you to all our sponsors who generously donated auction items. If your business would like to be included, call Joe at 215-464-4701.

Save the date: Monday. October 16th at 7:00 pm to hear 2G speaker, Dr. Stephen Weiner, discuss the story of his mother’s...
09/23/2023

Save the date: Monday. October 16th at 7:00 pm to hear 2G speaker, Dr. Stephen Weiner, discuss the story of his mother’s survival as a hidden child in Belgium during the N**i occupation. Steve’s Doctoral Dissertation was on children of Holocaust survivors, family dynamics and Jewish religious identity in the Second Generation. A Zoom link will be posted as it gets closer to the event. **i .

Our Gala invitations are in the mail! Let us know if you’d like to join us.  215-464-4701
09/22/2023

Our Gala invitations are in the mail! Let us know if you’d like to join us. 215-464-4701

Please join HAMEC as we remember the victims of Babi Yar with a memorial featuring prayers and remarks by Rabbi Benjamin...
09/20/2023

Please join HAMEC as we remember the victims of Babi Yar with a memorial featuring prayers and remarks by Rabbi Benjamin David and Senior Rabbi Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, commentary by local agency officials and reflections by young people from the local community. See flyer for details.

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Please join HAMEC as we remember the victims of Babi Yar with a memorial featuring prayers and remarks by Rabbi Benjamin...
09/20/2023

Please join HAMEC as we remember the victims of Babi Yar with a memorial featuring prayers and remarks by Rabbi Benjamin David and Senior Rabbi Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, commentary by local agency officials and reflections by young people from the local community. See flyer for details.

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The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, America's first Holocaust museum, was founded in 1961 by survivor Yaakov Riz, who lost 83 members of his family during the Holocaust. Riz vowed that if he survived he would dedicate his life to establishing a museum that would memorialize the millions of Jews and Non-Jews who perished at the hands of N**i barbarism. Initially, the museum was housed in the basement of Riz's home. The museum's genesis, its growth and its struggle against intolerance are the realization of his dream, his courage and his commitment. In the five-county area that we serve, the museum's educational and community outreach is ecumenical and comprises a population that ranges from elementary school (grade 5) to senior citizens. Many of the students we work with come from disadvantaged homes. Some of our students are newcomers who have fled countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Serbia. During the last 50+ years, tens of thousands of students have visited the museum. We, in turn, have presented thousands of Holocaust programs in schools and to community groups and organizations. Our efforts are designed to emphasize the message that racial, ethnic, and religious hatred are the social poisons that weaken the American democracy.

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