Farewell Mr. Haffman 

Screening followed by a "talk back" with our own Rose Mills (daughter of Holocaust survivors)
Monday October 23, 7:30pm
2021, France; 116 minutes, French with English subtitles

Directed by Fred Cavaye

Tickets: https://www.jewishforgood.org/film-festival

In this acclaimed, engrossing drama set in Paris during the Nazi occupation, beloved French actor Daniel Auteuil (Jean de Florette) stars as Joseph Haffmann, a Jewish jeweler who sends his family away to safety, with the intention of joining them later. Haffmann has decided to hand off the business to his trusted assistant François Mercier (Gilles Lellouche) and Mercier’s wife, Blanche (Sara Giraudeau—though Haffmann’s plans go awry when he is unable to escape the city under the watch of German authorities. After Haffmann returns home, the Merciers agree to let him stay in their basement, but they strike a deal that will change the course of all their lives. Based on a play by Jean-Philippe Daguerre, Farewell, Mr. Haffmann is a twisting, turning, and satisfying tale that reveals the complex and contradictory sides of humanity pushed to its darkest limits.

New Scientific Research Makes the Story of the “Dachau Ashes”,

Buried in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery in 2014,

More Complex and More Sinister​

May 16, 2023 7:00pm

Join us at Beth El Synagogue (1004 Watts St., Durham, NC) on May 16 at 7pm to hear Dr. Edward Halperin discuss the story

including recent revelations. If you are unable to attend in person, please join via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86239928930)

On May 25, 2014 a funeral took place at the Durham Hebrew Cemetery, attended by several  hundred community members and presided over by Rabbis Greyber and Feldman, for the burial of ashes from the Dachau Concentration Camp crematoria.  The presence of human remains in the ashes was confirmed by laboratory tests at the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. Nine years later additional research shows the story of the “Durham ashes” is more complex and more sinister than originally described.

This program is co-sponsored by Beth El Synagogue

and The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights ​Education of North Carolina.

Past Events 2023

Women's Resistance in the Holocaust
​Sunday, November 12, 2023, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Film Screening and Discussion: Women of the Shoah
She Wouldn’t Take Off Her Boots: Women’s Resistance in the Holocaust

Jewish for Good at the Levin JCC, 1937 W Cornwallis Rd, Durham

RSVP here by Nov. 7: https://jccfed.wufoo.com/forms/p1f7yj4u1jrij7f/

Commemorate Kristallnacht and women’s resistance during the Holocaust with a screening of the documentary film "She Wouldn't Take Off Her Boots" which features survivors' stories along with documentation of the making of the monument.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film's award-winning producer, Jenny Kaiser & one of the survivors (& project sponsors)featured in the documentary, Shelly Weiner. The monument is named in honor of Eva Weiner and Sofia Guralnik, the brave women who saved their children, Shelly Weiner and Raya Kizhnerman, by hiding them in Nazi-occupied Poland for almost two years. 

The sculpture was designed & created by Victoria Milstein. Victoria has lived and studied in New York City and Jerusalem and recently completed North Carolina’s first women’s Holocaust Monument, “She Wouldn’t Take off Her Boots,” located in Greensboro. She is also the founder of the organization Women of the Shoah, created to honor the legacy of women during the Shoah. https://womenoftheshoahjp.org/

Questions? Madeline Seltman, Jewish For Good. mseltman@jewishforgood.org   Click here for a PDF flyer for distribution.

Brought to you by: Center For Holocaust, Genocide, And Human Rights Education of NC; Jewish for Good; Women of The Shoah.​

The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and 

Human Rights ​Education of North Carolina 

Holocaust Speakers Bureau 

Dachau to Durham interfaith educational event

Sunday, October 22 at 4:00 pm

Durham Hebrew Cemetery 

Members of Beth El Synagogue & members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church are invited to learn about the journey of ashes from Dachau to Durham that ended with a funeral in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery 9 years ago. A sculpture was placed on the burial site of the ashes along with a permanent descriptive marker 11 months after the burial.
Research has since uncovered a fascinating addendum to the story which will also discussed at this gathering.

Survival Through Song with Saul Dreier

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 7:00pm

Chabad of Duke & UNC present an evening of learning and

song with Saul dreier of the Holocaust Survivor Band

followed by Q&A. 

Admission is free, but seating is very limited.

Please RSVP:https://bit.ly/SaulSong

Stone Cultural Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus -- Parking is available at the Bell Tower Parking Deck.
Event Sponsors include our Center, Jewish for Good, SRL, & AEPI.

The Durham/Chapel Hill Jewish Community
Yom HaShoah Holocaust Commemoration

Resistance & Survival: A Jewish Partisan of the Parczew Forest

Sunday April 16, 2023 5:00 pm
Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St., Durham, 27701

Ludwig Wurzelmann, born in 1926 in Warsaw, became one of the few Polish Jews to survive World War II and the Shoah. His dramatic story--of growing up in Poland, being confined in the Wlodowa Ghetto, fighting as a partisan in the Parczew Forest--will be shared with us by his son, Dr. John Wurzelmann, a retired physician who lives in Chapel Hill.

In addition to Dr. Wurzelmann’s talk, this year’s commemoration will feature candle lighting, along with music by the Triangle Jewish Chorale and other local artists. Rabbi Daniel Greyber of Beth El Synagogue will chant El Male Rachamim and lead the Mourner’s Kaddish.

Recording of this event is available on our YouTube channel.

Admission is free, and all are welcome.For more information, contact henry.fuchs@gmail.com or sharonhalperin88@gmail.com.