Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center

Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center Our mission is to educate Delaware Valley students and adults, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing,

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. Initially, the museum was

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. Initially, the museum was

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HAMEC will premiere a video memorial and commemoration for the 80th Anniversary of the Babi Yar Massacre on Thursday, Se...
09/22/2021

HAMEC will premiere a video memorial and commemoration for the 80th Anniversary of the Babi Yar Massacre on Thursday, September 30th. We invite our supporters to join us in reflection and to tune in to our educational commemoration, which will feature voices from the community gathered in remembrance of those horrific days in 1941. Stay on the lookout for upcoming information about the event! In the meantime, you can subscribe to our Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8ipyJcFABXGqlbnWErLRfA

HAMEC will premiere a video memorial and commemoration for the 80th Anniversary of the Babi Yar Massacre on Thursday, September 30th. We invite our supporters to join us in reflection and to tune in to our educational commemoration, which will feature voices from the community gathered in remembrance of those horrific days in 1941. Stay on the lookout for upcoming information about the event! In the meantime, you can subscribe to our Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8ipyJcFABXGqlbnWErLRfA

Save the date! Our annual auction is just 3 months away. This year we're honoring the amazing Phil Holtje and incredible...
08/03/2021

Save the date!

Our annual auction is just 3 months away. This year we're honoring the amazing Phil Holtje and incredible Rhonda Fink Whitman. Come support the museum and help us honor these wonderful people on November 6th, 2021

Save the date!

Our annual auction is just 3 months away. This year we're honoring the amazing Phil Holtje and incredible Rhonda Fink Whitman. Come support the museum and help us honor these wonderful people on November 6th, 2021

We regret to inform you of the passing on July 21, 2021 of renowned Holocaust educator Deanne S. Comer.   Relatives and ...
07/24/2021

We regret to inform you of the passing on July 21, 2021 of renowned Holocaust educator Deanne S. Comer.   Relatives and friends are invited to service Monday 1 PM precisely at GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S RAPHAEL-SACKS SUBURBAN NORTH. Int. Montefiore Cemetary.  Shiva to follow at Old York Road Temple Beth Am.  

To attend the funeral virtually, please click here. https://admin.oneroomstreaming.com/email/view/801cde2983
 
HAMEC honored Deanne in November 2017 for her lifetime achievement in the field of Holocaust Education. In 2019 HAMEC proudly hosted a premier performance of her musical play Beyond The Blue Windows based on the Holocaust survival experience of her dear friend Ruth Kapp Hartz. 

Deanne was a cherished friend and advisor to the lay and professional leadership team at HAMEC.  We will miss her and remember her.  Donations in Deanne's memory may be made to HAMEC Donate - Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (hamec.org)

“I support Holocaust education because…to do otherwise would be an injustice.” Donate today and help us say “YES” to every teacher who requests a program.Every $3 donated translates into another student that we can reach with life changin

HAMEC Partner Berks Military Museum broke ground on July 1 for a Holocaust Education Wing. Pictured HAMEC President Chuc...
07/02/2021

HAMEC Partner Berks Military Museum broke ground on July 1 for a Holocaust Education Wing.

Pictured HAMEC President Chuck Feldman put one of the first shovels in the ground to start this exciting project.

We at HAMEC look forward to working closely with our Commonwealth of Pennsylvania partner to provide Holocaust Education resources to the schools and students in our region and beyond.

HAMEC and the Temple Judea Museum are proud to present the exhibit Journey into Darkness, Healing with the Beauty of Lif...
06/23/2021

HAMEC and the Temple Judea Museum are proud to present the exhibit Journey into Darkness, Healing with the Beauty of Life.

Available at the Temple Judea museum at KI until July 9th, this exhibit shows the artwork of Harry Somers and Frank Root as well as objects of the Holocaust and Acts of Oppression and Resistance. HAMEC and KI's own Lise Marlowe guest curated this amazing exhibit. For more information, go to Journey into Darkness…Heal with the Beauty of Life – Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel

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The exhibition may be visited in-person by prior appointment. Masks required. Call (215) 887-8700.

HAMEC and the Temple Judea Museum are proud to present the exhibit Journey into Darkness, Healing with the Beauty of Life.

Available at the Temple Judea museum at KI until July 9th, this exhibit shows the artwork of Harry Somers and Frank Root as well as objects of the Holocaust and Acts of Oppression and Resistance. HAMEC and KI's own Lise Marlowe guest curated this amazing exhibit. For more information, go to Journey into Darkness…Heal with the Beauty of Life – Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel

https://www.loom.com/share/9e12e8f2d3c148c4bcab45816525946e

The exhibition may be visited in-person by prior appointment. Masks required. Call (215) 887-8700.

We at the Holocaust Awareness Museum mourn the passing of our Holocaust survivor speaker, HAMEC Board member, and dear f...
06/01/2021

We at the Holocaust Awareness Museum mourn the passing of our Holocaust survivor speaker, HAMEC Board member, and dear friend Michael Herskovitz on May 30th 2021.

Michael dedicated the last 30+ years to educating students about the Holocaust. Michael was an instrumental part of our remarkable growth in the number of school programs served over the last 12 years. Michael reached tens of thousands of eager young people with his amazing story of survival and his positive attitude about life. He has told his story across the country and all over the world to students with the advent of Skype and Zoom. We at HAMEC are so grateful that he devoted his time to educate so many students over the years about what happened to him and his family because of unbridled hatred he faced as a young man. Michael inspired so many to become upstanders against prejudice and hatred.

We send our condolences to his wonderful wife and teammate on his mission, Tonya. We will miss him, and we will honor his life and memory by continuing to tell his story.

We at the Holocaust Awareness Museum mourn the passing of our Holocaust survivor speaker, HAMEC Board member, and dear friend Michael Herskovitz on May 30th 2021.

Michael dedicated the last 30+ years to educating students about the Holocaust. Michael was an instrumental part of our remarkable growth in the number of school programs served over the last 12 years. Michael reached tens of thousands of eager young people with his amazing story of survival and his positive attitude about life. He has told his story across the country and all over the world to students with the advent of Skype and Zoom. We at HAMEC are so grateful that he devoted his time to educate so many students over the years about what happened to him and his family because of unbridled hatred he faced as a young man. Michael inspired so many to become upstanders against prejudice and hatred.

We send our condolences to his wonderful wife and teammate on his mission, Tonya. We will miss him, and we will honor his life and memory by continuing to tell his story.

05/27/2021

Thank you to Holocaust survivor, Danny Goldsmith, who shared his story with McKinley Elementary 5th and 6th grade students over Zoom this week.

David Tuck will speak with the Upper Merion Area Middle School via Zoom in a virtual assembly THIS Friday, May 28, 11:15...
05/24/2021
Upper Merion middle school to present Holocaust Education: A Survivor's Story

David Tuck will speak with the Upper Merion Area Middle School via Zoom in a virtual assembly THIS Friday, May 28, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
A livestream of this program will be available on HAMEC's Youtube page.

A local Holocaust survivor will share his story with eighth grade Upper Merion Area Middle School students in the culminating event of a Holocaust memoir unit, in which students read

Just one day left to register for our annual Educator of the Year Event, tomorrow at 12pm!The program will feature a cel...
05/19/2021
HAMEC Educator of the Year Program

Just one day left to register for our annual Educator of the Year Event, tomorrow at 12pm!

The program will feature a celebration of Randi Boyette's fantastic achievements, the presentation of the Educator of the Year Award, and a talk by Randi Boyette on becoming a Holocaust Educator - Who inspired her; who assisted her; what she learned; what she passes on to others; and why she believes that we must all continue to learn, bear witness, and educate others.

You are invited to join HAMEC virtually on Thursday, May20th at 12pm EDT as we celebrate the incredible work and achievements of Randi Boyette. Randi is a longstanding crucial and central figure in Holocaust Education in the Delaware Valley, and we are proud to honor her with our annual Educator of....

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05/14/2021

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⭐️REGISTER TODAY⭐️ (See below)- Learn to compellingly share your family's Holocaust experiences with students and community groups

3G Philly, a group for the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, is excited to bring you our first WEDU (We Educate) training. WEDU prepares participants to learn and teach their family stories. Click here to learn more about this unique opportunity -> https://www.3gny.org/wedu

These sessions are available to all 3G's in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Dates: Monday evenings, 7:00pm-9:00pm ET

May 24th, May 31st, June 7, & June 21st

WEDU training spots are limited and in high demand, so if you commit to the program please note that it is important to attend all sessions.

Location: Online via Zoom

Donation: Suggested Donation for Training: $72

RSVP: Please email [email protected] for more information and to RSVP

Thank you to the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for Supporting WEDU in Philadelphia

Next week, on May 20th at 12pm!We would like to invite you to our annual Educator of the Year Program, presented this ye...
05/13/2021

Next week, on May 20th at 12pm!

We would like to invite you to our annual Educator of the Year Program, presented this year as a virtual webinar. The program will feature a celebration of Randi Boyette's fantastic achievements, the presentation of the Educator of the Year Award, and a talk by Randi Boyette on becoming a Holocaust Educator - Who inspired her; who assisted her; what she learned; what she passes on to others; and why she believes that we must all continue to learn, bear witness, and educate others.
https://trellis.org/virtual-event-21

Next week, on May 20th at 12pm!

We would like to invite you to our annual Educator of the Year Program, presented this year as a virtual webinar. The program will feature a celebration of Randi Boyette's fantastic achievements, the presentation of the Educator of the Year Award, and a talk by Randi Boyette on becoming a Holocaust Educator - Who inspired her; who assisted her; what she learned; what she passes on to others; and why she believes that we must all continue to learn, bear witness, and educate others.
https://trellis.org/virtual-event-21

HAMEC speaker Peter Stern spoke to nearly 200 people at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center on April 26th
05/11/2021
Holocaust survivor recounts experience to NUWC Division Newport employees

HAMEC speaker Peter Stern spoke to nearly 200 people at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center on April 26th

As Holocaust survivor Peter Stern finished his talk on April 26, he posed a question to the nearly 200 Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport employees who tuned in on Microsoft Teams

HAMEC would like to invite you to our annual Educator of the Year Program! The program will feature a celebration of Ran...
05/06/2021
HAMEC Educator of the Year Program

HAMEC would like to invite you to our annual Educator of the Year Program!

The program will feature a celebration of Randi Boyette's fantastic achievements in Holocaust education in the Philadelphia area. This virtual broadcast will include the presentation of the Educator of the Year Award, and a talk by Randi Boyette on the future of Holocaust Education and the use of testimony in the coming years.

Register for the event here!
https://trellis.org/virtual-event-21

You are invited to join HAMEC virtually on Thursday, May20th at 12pm EDT as we celebrate the incredible work and achievements of Randi Boyette. Randi is a longstanding crucial and central figure in Holocaust Education in the Delaware Valley, and we are proud to honor her with our annual Educator of....

Ruth Kapp Hartz was the keynote speaker for Weber State University’s Holocaust Remembrance Week on April 8. Check out an...
04/13/2021
The Holocaust through the eyes of a survivor | Signpost

Ruth Kapp Hartz was the keynote speaker for Weber State University’s Holocaust Remembrance Week on April 8. Check out an article about her presentation here!

The Holocaust through the eyes of a survivor April 12, 2021April 12, 2021 by Lissete Landaverde Ruth Kapp Hartz, a Holocaust survivor, was the keynote speaker for Weber State University’s Holocaust Remembrance Week on April 8. Adrienne Andrews, AVP for Diversity & Chief Diversity Officer at Weber ...

TONIGHT! At 7pm, join a special Zoom program to hear a Holocaust Survivor Presentation with Daniel Goldsmith: https://zo...
04/08/2021

TONIGHT! At 7pm, join a special Zoom program to hear a Holocaust Survivor Presentation with Daniel Goldsmith: https://zoom.us/j/98804808790

TONIGHT! At 7pm, join a special Zoom program to hear a Holocaust Survivor Presentation with Daniel Goldsmith: https://zoom.us/j/98804808790

HAMEC and our partners at the WE ARE HERE! Foundation are proud to present this video collaboration for Yom HaShoah!The ...
04/08/2021
Yom Hashoah Global Commemoration

HAMEC and our partners at the WE ARE HERE! Foundation are proud to present this video collaboration for Yom HaShoah!

The "Yom HaShoah Global Commemoration," features students and educators from nine schools in six countries. Holocaust survivors presenting testimony of experiences include Miriam Lichterman and HAMEC speakers Daniel Goldsmith and Ruth Hartz.

Special thanks to:
Jewish Partisans' Educational Foundation, San Francisco, USA
World ORT, London, USA

Presented byHAMEC Philadelphia WE ARE HERE! Foundation Perth8 April 2021

Reminder! Tomorrow night at 7pm, join a public Zoom program to hear a Holocaust Survivor Presentation with Daniel Goldsm...
04/07/2021

Reminder! Tomorrow night at 7pm, join a public Zoom program to hear a Holocaust Survivor Presentation with Daniel Goldsmith.

Link to join Thursday, April 8th at 7pm: https://zoom.us/j/98804808790

Reminder! Tomorrow night at 7pm, join a public Zoom program to hear a Holocaust Survivor Presentation with Daniel Goldsmith.

Link to join Thursday, April 8th at 7pm: https://zoom.us/j/98804808790

Tomorrow evening, 4/7 at 7:30pm, HAMEC President Chuck Feldman will be Rabbi Lance Sussman's guest on Rabbi Talk.To lear...
04/06/2021

Tomorrow evening, 4/7 at 7:30pm, HAMEC President Chuck Feldman will be Rabbi Lance Sussman's guest on Rabbi Talk.

To learn more about the event including access to the Zoom link, visit: https://www.kenesethisrael.org/event/rabbi-talk-with-chuck-feldman-from-hamec-yom-hashoah/?event_date=2021-04-07

Tomorrow evening, 4/7 at 7:30pm, HAMEC President Chuck Feldman will be Rabbi Lance Sussman's guest on Rabbi Talk.

To learn more about the event including access to the Zoom link, visit: https://www.kenesethisrael.org/event/rabbi-talk-with-chuck-feldman-from-hamec-yom-hashoah/?event_date=2021-04-07

04/05/2021

HAMEC has once again partnered with the WE ARE HERE! Foundation to bring a streamed video event for Yom HaShoah.

The "Yom HaShoah Global Commemoration," featuring schools, students, and speakers (including HAMEC speakers Daniel Goldsmith and Ruth Hartz) from around the world, will premier on YouTube on Thursday, April 8th at 9am EDT.

Watch this youtube page (https://www.youtube.com/c/elirab52/) on Thursday at 9am, or look for another post from us linking to the streamed premier.

Read more here about our Collaboration with Temple Judea Museum, on display now until June 30th. The exhibition may be v...
04/02/2021
Community Briefs: Holocaust Exhibit, Howard Asher Dies, More - Jewish Exponent

Read more here about our Collaboration with Temple Judea Museum, on display now until June 30th.

The exhibition may be visited in person by prior appointment and masks must be worn. Call 215-887-8700 to make a reservation.

A new Holocaust-centered exhibit entitled “Journey into Darkness ... Heal with the Beauty of Life” debuted March 19

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During the last 50+ years, thousands of students and adults have participated in museum programs. Many students and their teachers have visited the museum, and the museum has hosted many adult community groups as well. The museum staff takes its outreach programs into public, parochial, private, and Jewish schools. Home-schooled students and their parents have also visited the museum. Students and teachers have listened to the life experiences of Holocaust survivors, liberators -- American GIs -- who liberated the concentration camps, and Kindertransport (children whom the N**is ransomed allowing them to leave for England -- most never saw their parents again). Because many of our speakers are into their 70's and 80's, we are currently videotaping their stories. Over the last 52 years, the museum staff presented programs to elementary, middle, high school, and college students. Our outreach program has taken us to federal installations, senior citizen retirement communities, nursing homes, and universities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The museum sponsors live performances by professional actors of an abridged version of "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "Lida Stein and the Righteous Gentile". For some students, the plays, a vehicle for teaching the lessons of the Holocaust, was their first exposure to live theater. The play is an excellent venue for discussing the dangers of prejudice, bigotry, and racism. The museum is excited to continue to offer this program as the Anne Frank Theater Project. After viewing the production, students have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss its relevance and the issues it raises for us today. One student commented, "The play made me think about things I had never thought about before. Anyone of us can become a victim no matter what your background is." During the 2017/2018 school year, our Educational Programs reached more than 40,000 people during more than 300 programs to schools, organizations, and businesses.

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm

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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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Brzeszcze 19.01.2021 - remembrance The 76th Anniversary of Death March of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation of memory sites near Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Forget the high-school diploma. Miriam Schreiber is so thoroughly self-educated, she'd qualify for a few college degrees. What a life she has made.
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In case you have not seen or heard about this event yet, the Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) will be sharing the stage with Holocaust survivor, Sidney Taussig, at NMAJH on June 1st, when they share a most remarkable - and unknown - story. This journey for KSB began when the 2017 Tour Choir to Prague wanted to learn more about boys their own age before traveling to Terezin (our artistic director made it a mission to address the Holocaust with the boys after overhearing a boy say that the Holocaust had never happened). This led the boys to Mr. Sidney Taussig and the Boys of Vedem. A group of 40 or so 12-15 year old boys, crammed into a tiny 15x15 dorm room, who preserved their humanity and their boyhood with the most beautiful poetry and prose, as well as writings about everyday things like sports, food and girls. They created Vedem - a literary magazine that they read aloud every Friday night. Only 1 in 7 boys survived. And now Mr. Taussig is the last surviving Vedem Boy. He will be joining us for this June 1 event where we will honor him and tell his story. The boys will also travel to Poland and Lithuania this summer, taking this story with them... you can also get more info at cychoirs.org/vedem or contacting me directly. The event starts at 5 pm and concludes at 6:30 pm. There is a brief reception following as well. I hope you will share this with friends and colleagues and join us at the museum theatre for an amazing event: https://cychoirs.ticketleap.com/the-boys-of-vedem/dates/Jun-01-2019_at_0500PM#/
I always read the posts from the Holocaust Awareness Museum as it used to be a big part of my life. I used to be active with the organization, back in the '80's when it was known as the Jewish Identity Center at Englewood and Frontenac Sts. My mother was executive director and I designed the logo ( butterfly with barbed wire) and I'm very flattered that after 30 some years, you're still using it. Let us never forget!
This film was published on the BBC on 19 April 1968 on the 25th anniversary of the revolt in the Warsaw Ghetto. It takes a bit to get going, as though the makers were trying to film the time slot. Furthermore parts of the film are not from Warsaw, some video is from Bydgogosz, other from Kraków. The film ends abruptly - clearly it must have gone on longer but I do not possess the extra part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgB8EgiBcLw
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/High-Tech-Holocaust-Survivor_Philadelphia-486813881.html Thank you HAMEC for letting us tell these survivors' stories and how they're touching lives all over the country and world via Skype.
So proud of our mom Deanne Scherlis Comer!
These survivors from the Holocaust are a brave group of people. Some were in concentration camps, labor camps, hidden children, kindertransports out of Germany, etc. They went to nearly 400 schools last year to share their experiences of the most hateful behavior done to human beings. They teach children about tolerance, kindness, being up standers against hateful behavior and being better human beings.
Bully for HAMEC! Thanks to all of our survivors. God Bless all of them!