Once In a Lifetime
Film Screening & Discussion
November 9, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 West Cornwallis Road, Durham

Join us for pizza and a conversation about the film’s message and Holocaust education in our community.
Deborah Long, Ed.D., daughter of two Holocaust survivors and co-founder of the Holocaust Speakers Bureau,
will facilitate the discussion at 6:30pm (prior to the film).

Free for JCC members, $3 for guests. 

Based on a true story, this 2014 French film  with English subtitles, chronicles how a dedicated history teacher at a French high school  is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, is proving to be more difficult than expected. Frustrated but undaunted, she tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students’ attitudes dramatically. Despite their long-shot odds of winning, these once-rebellious teens soon begin to see one another – and themselves – in a whole new light. Once In A Lifetime demonstrates the enduring impact of the Holocaust in transforming future generations.

Past Events 2017


The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of North Carolina 
Holocaust Speakers Bureau 

Edelweiss Pirates
Sunday, October 22nd at 3:30 pm
Levin JCC, Durham

The Pirates were groups of teenagers who resisted the cruelties of Nazi Youth and Hitler's police during the 1930s.

Refusing to be bullied and rejecting the norms of Nazi society, they stayed true to their own set of beliefs and

fought back in their neighborhoods.

All are welcome to attend the exciting visual and musical lecture by author Kristina Gaddy.
Please rsvp to Jen Adler, Director of Community Midrasha at jadler@shalomdch.org.

More information: https://levinjcc.org/calendar/edelweiss-pirates/

​Class by HSB Speaker offered At the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI):  

"It Did Not Start with Gas Chambers"

Mondays, September 11th–November 27th

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham

The 10-week course on the Holocaust will be taught by HSB Speaker Sheldon Bleiweiss.

Course Description: If you are bothered by seeing biased behavior and increased vitriolic rhetoric towards each other, this class is for you.  Learning about the Holocaust might help us understand why this happens and how dangerous such behavior can become.  In this interactive course we take an in-depth look at how and why the Holocaust came about, the roles people played, and the events that led up to the “final solution” --the extermination of Jews.  Students will hear stories from survivors and stories about the challenges faced by the instructors' parents who survived in the open using identities as non-Jews.  Students will also hear about the instructor's journey to Poland and the death camps and what it was like "growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust.”  We will examine our own attitudes and behaviors and look at what we can do to make a difference.  By exploring human behavior then and now, we hope to answer: “How was the Holocaust possible?” and “Could it happen again?"  

Cost for the class is $90. Registration opens August 7th. For more information see: https://learnmore.duke.edu/olli​​