​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​​

“Bad Jews” A Play
February 8th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th, and 25th 2018
Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W Cornwallis Road, Durham

The Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill and A Big Wig Production would like to invite you attend Joshua Harmon’s play “BAD JEWS.” While the title of this play may be disconcerting, Harmon’s hilarious script is a contemporary look at young Jewish adults and their various perspectives on Jewish life and legacy. Without giving too much away, the play revolves around three Jewish cousins (in their 20s) who convene in a Manhattan condo for the funeral of their “Poppy.” Poppy, a Holocaust survivor, has bequeathed an important family heirloom, and the plot revolves around which cousin will be the new owner. 


Ticket sale proceeds from the February 11th showing will go to the Holocaust Speaker's Bureau.


More performance details upcoming.
















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