Duke Coalition for Preserving Memory's 24-hour Name Reading Ceremony and closing Ceremony
April 9th–April 10th, Closing Ceremony April 10th at 12pm
Abele Quad, Duke University Campus, Durham, NC

The Coalition for Preserving Memory at Duke (CPM) will be hosting its annual 24-hour name reading ceremony, a ceremony designed to memorialize the victims of the six U.N. recognized genocides. Students, faculty and community members read out the names for a 24-hour period right in the middle of Duke University's campus. The name reading ends with a closing ceremony at 12pm on April 10th and will include lunch. 

See the CPM's Facebook pagefor more information. To RSVP for the closing ceremony and/or to volunteer to read names, please email Sophie Bell.

Rabbi Joseph Polak discusses award-winning memoir: After the Holocaust: The Bells Still Ring

Sunday May 7th, 2017, 12:30pm

Beth El Synagogue, Durham, NC

Tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 dollars for Teachers, free for kids

The Holocaust Speakers Bureau and Beth El Synagogue are co-sponsoring a talk by Rabbi Joseph Polak, a Holocaust survivor and winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for his book, After the Holocaust the Bells Still Ring. 

His talk is entitled: "The Children, the Children"

Polak's book is a fascinating portrait of a mother and child who miraculously survive two concentration camps and then battle after-war demons of the past, societal rejection, invalidation and disbelief as they struggle to re-enter the world of the living. Polak,will be speaking about his book and his experiences. 
Brunch will be served.

Please contact Sharon Halperin with questions or to RSVP. Please RSVP by April 30th, 2017.

"Evade and Endure: Survivor Stories" 

Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program 
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 11am–12:30pm
Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC

Two Survivors share their stories, moderated by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post.

  • Roman R. Kent (Poland)
  • Renée Fink (Netherlands)

For questions and/or to RSVP, contact Tina.hoellerer@dm.usda.gov

Central Carolina Community College's Fourth Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day
Friday, April 21st, 2017 12pm–1:30pm
Dennis Wicker Civic Center

Central Carolina Community College will be hosting its fourth Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday April 21st and the HSB's own Deborah Long will be the keynote speaker. The talk will take place at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center at 12pm.

For questions and/or to RSVP, contact Bianka Stumpf

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Program "Unto Every Person There is a Name" 

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 7:00 Am to 7:00 PMMemorial Service Begins at 7:00pM

Temple Beth Or, Main Sanctuary, Raleigh

In solidarity with congregations around the world, Temple Beth Or will participate in the worldwide Holocaust Memorial Project "Unto Every Person There is A Name".
Please join us in the Temple Beth Or Sanctuary as we read aloud the names of Holocaust Victims from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Stop by and help us bear witness to the memories of over 6 million innocent lives lost as we make sure we never forget. Your are welcome to come and witness for as brief or as long a period as you wish.
A brief memorial service begins at 7:00 PM. Please plan on joining us - even if you read or bore witness earlier in the day. Interested in reading names? Please click here or contact Marc Grossman so we can accommodate you.

For more information or to request a ride, please contact Gary Berman at 919.683.2458 or hspeakup@aol.com

By reading aloud the names of those lost,
we lift their memories and honor their lives.

Holocaust Survivors' interviews hosted by Holocaust United State Holocaust Memorial Museum 
April 9th–April 10th, Closing Ceremony April 10th at 12pm
Abele Quad, Duke University Campus, Durham, NC

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) announced they will host Holocaust survivors' interviews speaking about their experiences in a series of one-hour programs at 11 a.m. ET Wednesdays and Thursdays between April 5 and May 4. To watch live and learn more about the series go to:
https://www.ushmm.org/watch/first-person. For the schedule go to:ushmm.org/firstperson.​

Jewish History Tour: a sponsored trip to Eastern Europe

The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice and the Federation of Greater Charlotte
Germany and Poland, June 15th–25th, 2017

The Stan Greenspan Center for Peace and Social Justice and the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte are sponsoring an educational trip to Germany and Poland. The trip will be led by Rabbi Judy Schindler, Director of the Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice, and will focus on the Jewish history in Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow.

Participants are welcome to join from anywhere–you do not have to be from Charlotte, but the trip will be departing from Charlotte airport.   

Please follow the link for a detailed itinerary and hotel information, or to pay a $300 per person deposit and reserve your spot

16th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer symposium

Appalachian State University in Boone, Aug 5-10, 2017

The symposium is geared toward educators, students, and community members and is free and open to the public.

The purpose and goal of the Symposium is to provide public and private school teachers, university faculty, students, and community members information and insights about the victims, perpetrators, and consequences of the Nazi Holocaust. The Symposium provides approximately 40 hours of lectures, workshops, discussions, films, and demonstrations. Teachers who complete all 40 hours receive four CEUs.

The symposium includes:

  • workshops
  • discussions
  • lectures by internationally recognized speakers
  • Nazi Holocaust survivor testimony
  • day and evening presentations
  • four continuing education credits for teachers

Please follow the link for more details and to register.

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Memorial Service

"Seven Years in Shanghai: Life as a Refugee" 

Sunday, April 30th, 2017, 3:00pm
Chapel Hill Kehillah Synagogue

The story of Meyer Zucker as told by his daughter, Sheva Zucker. Meyer Zucker was born in Izhbitse, Poland in 1910. He fled the country in September, 1939, after the Nazi invasion, and found temporary refuge in Lithuania. When Lithuania itself became unsafe, Zucker had to flee again. Help came in the unlikely form of a transit visa issued by Japanese diplomat Chiune (Sempo) Sugihara in defiance of orders from Tokyo. Thanks to Sugihara’s heroic stance, Meyer Zucker, along with many other Jews, was able to leave Europe. He spent eight months in Japan, followed by seven years in Shanghai, before emigrating to Canada. His story will be told by his daughter Sheva Zucker, who not only learned its details first-hand, but also recorded her father, and has collected and preserved many of his letters and documents. 

For more information or to request a ride, please contact Gary Berman at 919.683.2458 or hspeakup@aol.com

"Yom HaShoah, Remembering the Holocaust: Holocaust Memorial Day Name Reading" 
Monday, April 24th, 2017 8:10am–2:30pm
Levin JCC, Singer Family Atrium

April 24, 2017 is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Sandra E. Lerner Jewish Community Day School and the Levin Jewish Community Center (JCC) are partnering to observe this solemn day. You are invited to attend the opening or closing ceremonies, to listen to the story of survivor Peter Stein, or to volunteer to read names of those lost during the Holocaust. You can sign up to volunteer by clicking here. Each slot lasts 15 minutes.  The list of names will be at a podium in the atrium of the JCC along with memorial candles to light.

8:10 AM          Opening memorial service lead by Lerner's 4th and 5th grade students
8:30 AM          Address by survivor Peter Stein
9:30 AM          Name Reading Ceremony starts
2:30 PM          Name Reading Ceremony ends
2:30 PM          Closing ceremony lead by Lerner's  4th and 5th grade students

In addition to the day's events, there will be a temporary museum commemorating the Holocaust in the atrium of the JCC: the Triumph of Life, a 2003 exhibit commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. From American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters' Museum.

Upcoming Events

March of the Living 2018, Information Session

Wednesday May 3rd,, 2017 6:30pm–7:30pm
Levin JCC, Israel Center

The March of the Living is a 2-week travel experience where Jewish teens from five continents converge in Poland and in Israel for an emotional journey that will impact their sense of history, perspective and identity This is an information session to learn about how to participate in 2018's March.

The program occurs annually each spring in order to commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau, and to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, dancing in the streets of Jerusalem. The goal of the March is to educate Jewish teens about the richness of our past and to perpetuate our future. Organized by the Jewish Federation and BBYO Passport. Click here for more details.  

Defiant Requiem–Verdi Requiem at Terezín
April 20th, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

$10 General Admission, $5 UNC Student, Faculty/Staff

The UNC campus will host the signature concert of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, which tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation. With only a single smuggled score, they performed the celebrated oratorio sixteen times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and an International Red Cross delegation. Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir, “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.” At its very foundation, “The Defiant Requiem at UNC” is the product of significant interdepartmental collaboration, involving faculty members in the Department of Music, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. The series of events falling under the umbrella of this project includes the main performance of the Defiant Requiem as well as two additional concerts, academic lectures, classroom teaching, an academic symposium (with planned publication), and a film screening. These events will reach the broader arts and sciences community (including faculty and students from History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, in addition to the departments listed above) as well as the broader public. We anticipate audiences for the film screening and concerts, in particular, to comprise a majority of University-affiliated community members. Taken together, these efforts promise to deliver immense and meaningful benefits to both the broad university community and the Triangle at-large.​

​See the UNC Department of Music Website for more information and to purchase tickets.


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