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

Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation

Holocaust Memorial Day Name Reading

Thursday, May 2, 8am-3pm
Levin JCC, Singer Family Atrium
We welcome the Sandra E. Lerner Jewish Day School students to memorialize those who perished in the Holocaust in this moving and important name reading. 

The schedule for the day will include:
8:10am - Memorial service begins
8:30am - Name-reading ceremony will begin and continue until 2:30pm
2:30pm - Students will close the ceremony

If you'd like to volunteer to read names during the day, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ea8ab2fa4fa7-yomhashoah3​​

Beth El Author Series - Rick Richman

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
Levin JCC, Durham

Join us as we hear from Rick Richman, author of Racing Against History. Racing Against History is the stunning story of three powerful personalities who sought in 1940 to turn the tide of history. David Ben-Gurion, Vladimir Jabotinsky, and Chaim Weizmann—the leaders of the left, right, and center of Zionism—undertook separate missions that year to America, then frozen in isolationism, to seek support for a Jewish army to fight Hitler.

Rick Richman graduated with honors from Harvard College and New York University Law School.

He has written for Commentary, The Jewish Journal, The Jewish Press, Mosaic Magazine,

The New York Sun, The Tower Magazine, and his own blog, Jewish Current Issues.

Light refreshments will be served. 

Register here: http://jccfed.wufoo.com/forms/beth-el-author-series-rick-richman/

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín 

June 1, 2019 at 7:30pm
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Performance details TBA (including ticket information) or contact asheville@defiantrequiem.org​​ 

More at: https://www.defiantrequiem.org/​

The Asheville performance will feature an international cast of soloists, the Asheville Symphony,

and a community chorus including members of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and Asheville Choral Society.

Co-Sponsored by The Defiant Requiem Foundation and Carolina Jews for Justice (More sponsorship opportunities presented in flyer above.)

The Defiant Requiem Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of the prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II, who, despite monumental suffering, disease, and the constant presence of death, found hope and inspiration in the arts and humanities.

Carolina Jews for Justice (CJJ) is a Jewish grassroots network committed to creating a just, fair, and compassionate North Carolina. Heeding the Torah’s command to pursue justice, CJJ combines advocacy and education to organize a non-partisan Jewish voice for social justice in North Carolina.

Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York City

​​​Durham-Chapel Hill Holocaust Commemoration 

Sunday, May 5, 2019
4:00pm-5:30pm at Kehillah Synagogue, Chapel Hill, NC

The event is open to all and free of charge.

This program will feature the film On The Back of a Stranger's Bicycle, The Story of Renee Fink followed by Renee's remarks.

Renee was a hidden child in Amsterdam and survived the war, living with a Christian family.

Additionally, the night will include:
~A candle lighting service
~Recitations of Kaddish and El Mole Rachamim
~Music by the Triangle Jewish Chorale;

singers and instrumentalists from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics;

and singers Holly Holder, Rebecca Grossfield, Jacqueline Marx, Amy Rosenthal, James Junker, and Andy Stewart

~Art display featuring the work of North Lenoir High School students​​
~Recognition of the winners of the 12th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest, sponsored by the

Penny Daum Aldrich Endowment Fund for Holocaust Remembrance

1st Place: Abby Zachary, "An Education in Justice"
2nd Place: Addie Babcock, "Freedom by Hope. The Holocaust"

Upcoming Events

​​​Duke Center for Jewish Studies


​​​BESA: A Code of Honor by Dad Vashem
Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust
Photography by Norman Gershman

Exhibit Opening on Monday, May 1, 6-8pm
Levin JCC, Singer Family Atrium and the Marcus Family Gallery

This powerful exhibit features photographs taken by American photographer
Norman Gershman and personal rescue stories of Muslim-Albanian families who saved the lives of Jewish people and were recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

As part of this exhibit, we will also display My Love to Anne Frank, a glass sculpture by Erwin Eisch, which earned 1992 Gold Medal of the Krystallnacht Project sponsored by The American Interfaith Institute in Philadelphia, PA. This piece has been generously donated to the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill by Francine and Benson Pilloff. 


Perilous Passages: Two Journeys to Survival

April 30, 2019 11:30am-1:00pm
Participants can attend in person or watch online.

This year’s Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program, “Perilous Passages: Two Journeys to Survival,” will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street, NW, Washington, DC, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The program is free of charge and takes place during the week of Holocaust Remembrance Day.  You are invited to attend this powerful program in person and have an up-close experience learning about the Holocaust and its lessons for today.  The program will also be live-streamed.

Attendees will have the privilege of hearing from two Holocaust survivors: Thomas Buergenthal and Hans Fisher.

· Judge Buergenthal grew up in the Jewish Ghetto of Kielce (Poland) and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. His memoir, A Lucky Child, describes these experiences and has been published in many countries. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, he served as a judge on both the International Court of Justice and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, as Dean of Washington College of Law at American University, and as Director of the Human Rights Program of the Carter Center.

· Dr. Fisher was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). In May 1939, six months after Kristallnacht - the night the Nazis subjected thousands of Jews to terror and violence - he fled Germany on the refugee ship, the St. Louis. After Cuba and the United States rejected the ship and its mostly Jewish passengers, he was forced to return to Europe, but eventually made his way back to Cuba and, in 1941, the United States. Dr. Fisher was a professor and innovative researcher at Rutgers University, where he served as Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences for 20 years and as Associate Provost.

The Lincoln Theatre is across from the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro station (Green/Yellow Lines). Information on how to access the live-streamed broadcast of the program will be available atwww.holocaustremembrance.orgcloser to the program date. To request reasonable accommodation, please email Wendy Doernberg at WDoernberg@doc.gov.

North Carolina Council on the Holocaust Educator Workshops


Workshops listed here:   http://www.ncpublicschools.org/holocaust-council/workshops/

In Our Own Hands Film Screening

Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 4PM
Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W Cornwallis Rd, Durham

In Our Own Hands  is the story of the only all-Jewish fighting force in World War II,

is a thrilling tale of young Jewish soldiers who carried the weight of a people on their shoulders.

A post-film discussion will be led by

Rabbi Michael Gisser, former US Army Chaplain (Cpt.).

This film screening of will lead off the week-long Days of Remembrance commemorating the Holocaust,

which will culminate in our annual community Yom Hashoah service on May 5 at the Kehillah Synagogue in Chapel Hill.

For additional information, contact Sharon Halperin (sharonhalperin88@gmail.com).

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Live Streamed Events. Available on demand at: ushmm.org/watch.