Jewish Federation Memphis

Jewish Community Partners announces the hiring of Miriam Roochvarg, who joins JCP as Engagement Associate. Miriam will oversee various Memphis Jewish Federation initiatives, including PJ Library, Newcomers, Shalom Baby, and the Israeli Scouts. A lifetime of rich Jewish experiences and engagement has equipped her with the ideal skillset and outlook to ensure these programs continue to thrive and serve the community.

By Miriam Roochvarg

As a former clergy kid- my dad was a cantor for over 20 years before retiring-, Camp Judea alumna, Ramah Darom alumna, and graduate of the American Hebrew Academy, a Jewish boarding high school in N.C., you could say I come from a rich Jewish environment.

As I was finishing my Communications degree at North Carolina State University, I realized I wanted to make a difference, but didn’t know where or how. Outside of home, school is where kids spend the most time, giving educators the opportunity to impact lives in a profound way. I decided I’d give teaching a try.

When I was accepted into Teach For America I was asked to rank locations I would be interested to teach in. A main priority was a city with a good Jewish community, and from what I saw online, Memphis seemed all that and more. I’m happy to say, the decision hasn’t disappointed me one bit.

Through Jewish geography and a little chutzpah, before my move, I connected with Rabbi Sarit Horwitz, and a former co-worker of my mom’s who lived here in Memphis. Thanks to them I was able to connect with welcoming community members who helped me get situated here, and make this place my home.

Because of the support that was offered to me, I wanted to make sure I could offer the same to others. Whether it was grabbing coffee with new young professionals, recommending dentists or doctors offices, or offering my babysitting services to new families in the area, I wanted to help people feel welcome, at home, and connected. I know that makes all the difference when it comes to turning a new place into a home.

While I loved the students I taught, I decided at the end of my two-year commitment this past May that it was time to transition out of teaching. When I heard Jewish Community Partners was looking for an Engagement Associate, I knew I had to apply. Apparently other community members thought of me as well, because more than a few forwarded me the job posting.

Now, as a member of the Jewish Community Partners team, I have not just the opportunity but a professional responsibility to welcome more newcomers to Memphis, engage with kids and families through the dynamic PJ Library program, and use what I’ve learned as a teacher and student of life to help educate and connect our community members with themselves, each other, and the greater Memphis Mishpacha (family).

I look forward to connecting with more members of this wonderful community and offer my support any way I can, just like I was supported when I was a new member of the community. “My “virtual” door is always open. If you’d like to be involved with any of my programs and/or have any suggestions to strengthen them, please reach out to me at Wishing all of you a happy, sweet, support-filled new year! Shana Tova Umetuka!

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Few family names are as synonymous with philanthropy in Memphis as Scheidt. From university buildings to the pages of innumerable non-profit annual reports, the name is a constant in our city, in the Jewish community and beyond.

When the family patriarch, Rudi Scheidt, Sr., of blessed memory, passed away this year after a lifetime of impactful giving, the next generation was ready to take the lead on the path that he had set.

In his lifetime, Rudi had taught his children valuable lessons about philanthropy, with three standing out as most profound. First, he demonstrated that it’s important to support the organizations and causes that are meaningful to you. Second, by being active on boards and committees, Rudi showed that philanthropy isn’t only giving money. Time is a valuable resource as well. And third, being seen by your community engaging in philanthropy is a vital part of teaching the next generations to give.

Follow your passion.

“My dad was always a philanthropist,” said Elkan Scheidt, Rudi’s son and philanthropic mentee. “An immigrant, he came to Memphis from Germany in 1936. He always felt very fortunate to be in this country and to be successful and he always thought it was important to give back. He instilled that in all of us, all of his children as a family. He was always exceedingly generous with causes that he believed in.”

Show up.

“My father would never miss a board meeting. He would be at everything. He always believed that philanthropy is more than money,” said Elkan “That’s what he believed and what he instilled in all of us. I sit on several boards, both in the Jewish community and outside of it. When my father passed, I was asked to join the Jewish Foundation of Memphis board and take his place. I already worked on Foundation’s Investment Committee, and now that I’ve taken my father’s seat on the board, I look forward to working with my peers to support our community’s Jewish institutions.”

Rudi Scheidt, Sr. never missed a board meeting.

Set an example.

“When he was younger in life, he did like many other people did, giving anonymously. As he became more successful and the amounts he gave grew, the gifts were still anonymous,” Elkan said. “One of his friends was an extraordinarily successful businessman and philanthropist, and he told my father: ‘Stop that right away. Rudi, you do too many good things in this world and you need to lead by example.’

“It really hit home with him. He stopped being Mr. Anonymous, and he started giving while allowing people to put his names on gifts. Not for the credit, but for the example it sets for other people in our community. He instilled that in us as well. It feels a little awkward, but he always said it doesn’t matter if you’re in the $50 range or in the highest range. The fact that you’re giving back shows that you care about your community.”

To learn more about Jewish Foundation of Memphis philanthropy, contact Sheri Gadberry at 901-374-0400 or

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Jewish Community Partners President and CEO Laura Linder, or a special guest writer, sits down most Friday mornings to write a personal and timely letter to our beloved Memphis Jewish community.

June 11- Longing for an Ordinary Day (by Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein)

May 14- We Stand with Israel, Now and Forever

March 25- (Above) Knowing the Way

March 12- Be Inspiring

February 19- Perserverence- A Perfect Landing

February 12- (Above) My Long-Lost Shovel

January 29- When Facing a Problem, Show Up with Solutions

January 22- Don’t End Up in the Shredder

January 15- To Those Who Inspire, Thank You

January 1- (Above) How Much is Enough?

December 25- Amazing Gifts

December 11- Modern Hanukkah Miracles

December 4- This Hanukkah, Share Your Light

November 27- (Above) Eavesdropping in My Daughter- By Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein

November 13- As Our Parents Planted for Us…

October 23- JFNA’s GA: Global Connections

October 16- Cindy Finestone: New Connections on the Pickleball Court

October 9- Guest Shabbat Message: Foundation Board Chair Anthony Morrison

September 25- (Above) Guest Shabbat Message: Federation Board Chair Cindy Finestone

September 18- Guest Shabbat Message: JCP Board Chair Ken Steinberg

September 11- Rosh Hashanah: A Time of Transition

August 28- A Hurricane By Any Other Name

August 21- The Question that Changed My Life

August 7- It’s Who You Know

July 24- (Above) A Beautiful Gift

July 10- 20 Years Ago We Returned to Memphis to Raise Our Children

July 2- The Summer I Turned 17, I Visited Israel for the First Time

June 26- My Grandmother’s Recipe: Following their Footsteps, Our Way

June 12- (Above) The First Shabbat of Summer Camp

June 5- Solidarity in the Face of Oppression

May 28- Laura’s Special Shavuot Message

May 22- (Above) Strong Leaders Shape Strong Communities

May 15- Maybe We’re On To Something…

May 8- Our Community Cocoon

May 1- (Above) The Old Shall Dream Dreams

April 24- It Takes Darkness to See the Stars

April 17- (Passover) Heroes Among Us

April 8- (Passover) I Love This Card

April 3- Yesterday, I participated in a Zoom call, led by our Federation, with our partnership city in Israel, Shoham

March 27- Over the past two weeks I’ve seen the best of our community

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This Wednesday, we joined two online sessions with Memphis Jewish seniors, both supported by donor gifts made to Memphis Jewish Federation. First, we enjoyed the friendly conversation during the 12:00 P.M. daily Senior Lunch Bunch, followed by an interactive session with Jason Caplan’s Universal Language Room, which teaches non-verbal communication and togetherness through improvisational music.

There wasn’t much lunch being eaten at a recent Senior Lunch Bunch Zoom get-together, hosted by Steve Kaplan, Adult Services Coordinator at the MJCC. Instead, the dozen faces smiling from small digital boxes on our computer screen chatted about their grandkids, their tomato plants, the French Impressionist movement, and social distancing while running errands.

“Hi, everyone,” said Annabelle Kaplan, waving to us as she joined the Zoom session. “I didn’t think I’d get home in time to join. I had to take something I ordered online back to the store, so I called and they said, yes I could bring it to the store. When I got there I waited six feet apart in the line, and they said I had to get a mailing label and mail it in myself, all these extra steps. And pay postage both ways!”

The commiserating groans of understanding were like warm hugs across the digital divide.

The group, which varies in participants from day to day but consistently draws between 6 and 15 Memphis Jewish seniors, has been meeting online since March, when the MJCC closed to the public in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the long weeks since, the Lunch Bunch has adapted to the digital platform, and now the sessions have a comfy, familiar feel, with casual conversations and friendly gossiping that builds from day to day.

“I really enjoy this, and they do, too,” said Steve Kaplan. “It’s a nice group of people and I can tell it means a lot to them. Particularly in the first weeks, when it was almost like after 9/11 and people were so uncertain about what would happen in the days ahead. The Lunch Bunch almost became a daily group therapy session.”

An hour later, we logged into Jason Caplan’s Universal Language Room session, where we found him waiting for us, tuning his white Fender Stratocaster.

This was a smaller session than the first, but Lunch Bunch regulars Dolly Mahante and Susan Meyers were there with their Boomwhackers, a hollow percussion instrument designed to play a note and rhythm with a whack against the palm of the hand. Universal Language Room provides these and other instruments to seniors.

Watch a recording of the interactive music session here. If you have an instrument, play along!

“We’ve had sessions with this group since September, back when we could gather in person with sessions every other week. We’ve been online since March,” said Jason. “With Steve’s group, everyone started with Boomwhackers and now we’ve moved on to melodic instruments.”

The program is not only about training people in music. Universal Language Room trains people to trust a non-verbal language that can develop through a musical rapport, empowering participants to spend time in the meditative state that Jason says typically happens at about minute ten.

“When we stay outside of language, it’s so exciting. We all live together in the moment with music as our dialogue,” he said. “There are two ways non-verbal togetherness affects a person. First is peace in the mind, so that our minds that run about all day thinking about this problem, and that happened in the past, and what happens in the future, get locked in the moment and the constantly changing music and you live in the moment.”

“The second is that I feel our society is moving to a place where you can’t have dialogue about things people disagree with. I want people to feel the joy of dialogue without disagreement,” Jason said. “But if you learn to do this with music first, maybe you can get to a place where you can say, ‘you know, I really like talking to you. We may disagree on important issues and agree on others, but I like talking to you.’”

“We need more of that right now,” he said.

“We’re all hoping we’ll be able to get together in person soon, and we’re all praying for that day,” Jason said as he signed off from the session. The budding musicians smiled and waved, and agreed.

If you’re a Jewish Memphis senior and would like to be part of the daily lunches or future Universal Language Room sessions, or know someone who does, email Steve Kaplan at You can also contact Steve if you need a mask. 

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By Sophie Bloch, Director of Hillels of Memphis

To no one’s surprise, many young adults have had to change their plans this summer because of the Coronavirus. Lots of programs are cancelled and jobs are hard to find, leaving countless young adults feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Meanwhile, they still want – and need –  to build their resumes, meet new people, strengthen leadership skills, and tackle real issues in the world today. 

Luckily there is now a unique Jewish experience to meet these needs – and earn $500 while doing so.

Together with The Jewish Federations of North America, Memphis Jewish Federation and Hillels of Memphis are offering a great opportunity this summer for Jewish students and recent graduates. The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship is a 3-week online leadership experience, July 6 – 24, built for career development, networking and making a difference in the community.

For approximately 15 hours per week, Fellows will earn credits for each online session completed, for volunteering and for connecting with their small group cohort and coach. Each cohort will also develop their own project to address a local challenge caused by the global health pandemic.

Click here to learn more about the program and how to get involved.

Sessions will be offered in-real-time and recorded to allow for maximum flexibility and to accommodate busy schedules. Facilitators will be awesome and inspiring leaders who have experience working with young adults. The Fellowship will have some big speakers to reinforce and model changemaking leadership.

Changemakers will help young adults succeed in a competitive job market while also connecting them to the Jewish community. Our goal is to inspire young adults to bring their talent to the community long-term as our future leaders. Fellows who complete the program will receive a $500 stipend, plus a certificate of completion for their resume. 

It has been an overwhelming few months as we navigate our ever-changing world. While there have certainly been moments of hopelessness, despair, and heartbreak over plans changed and milestones missed, this is finally a new, innovative, and empowering opportunity we can ALL get excited about!

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Thank you for your unwavering support

Dear Hillels of Memphis supporters,

We hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. As you know, we had planned for the theme of this year’s Yiddishe Cup to be “My Hillel Story” to highlight the important role Hillel has played in developing Jewish leaders, role models and philanthropists in the Memphis Jewish community.

While we always anticipate the possibility of rain at the event, we could have never anticipated the current health crisis we are facing. As difficult as this time has been for all of us, it is surely a moment in our Hillel Story that we will never forget as the leaders of tomorrow – our current college students, whom you generously support – are shaped by the example of resilience and dedication they are witnessing from around the Memphis Jewish Community. While many Hillels around the world are suffering as a result of this crisis, Hillels of Memphis is securely positioned to carry on fueling Jewish life on campus, both physically and virtually.

Even though we were unable to hold the Yiddishe Cup in person this year, your generous support will still benefit Hillels of Memphis.

Proceeds from the Yiddishe Cup – Hillels of Memphis’s primary fundraiser – benefit students at University of Memphis and Rhodes College through educational programs, social events, Shabbat meals and much more. While we won’t be able to celebrate the successes of Hillel together in person this year, we are honored to have your unwavering generosity during a time when students most need to feel supported.

Thank you!

Sophie Bloch – Director, Hillels of Memphis

Carolyn Schrier- Yiddishe Cup Co-Chair

Daniel Snyder- Yiddishe Cup Co-Chair

Wendy Rotter- Advisory Board Chair, Rhodes Hillel

Hal Fogelman- Advisory Board Chair, U of M Hillel

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Every Tuesday, we’ll share a story that spotlights the work of the Wendy and Avron B. Fogelman Jewish Family Service at the Memphis Jewish Community Center with News From the Heart. Browse these stories here.

July 29- Shalom Shuttle: Always at Your Service

April 28- (Above) Debra and Alex Saharovoch Commit to Community

February 5- Cindy and Mark Finestone Continue Generation Philanthropic Traditions

December 17- Hallie, z”l, and Jay Cohen’s Gift to Support the Wendy & Avron B. Fogelman Jewish Family Service

November 19- (Above) Baby Pantry Launches with Help from Federation’s Lions

November 5- Judy & Larry Moss: Supporting FJFS Means Giving Back to Community

October 15- Susan Nieman: How Fogelman Jewish Family Service Shaped My Life

October 1- Shabbat Sholom Program Offers Seniors A High Holiday Treat

September 11- (Above) Donors Like Lisa Menuskin and Neil Gibson Help FJFS Meet Needs in Jewish Memphis

August 26- FJFS Collaborates with Community to Help Parents Navigate Return to School

August 20- Clients Benefit from Strong Relationships with Staff

August 13- Donors Keep Kosher Food Pantry Stocked During Pandemic

July 28- We’re Here for You: A Message from Director of Social Services Mary Elizabeth Jones

July 22- Volunteer Callers Connect isolated Seniors to Community

July 14- (Above) A Healthy Bounty for Hungry Seniors

July 7- A Friendly Voice and Open Years

July 1- Education is Key

June 25- Working Together to Serve the Most Vulnerable

June 16- (Above) Special Needs Support Amid Pandemic

June 9- In Times of Financial Emergency, FJFS is Here for You

June 2- Shalom Shuttle Returns to Normal Schedule

May 27- (Above) Volunteers Adapt During Pandemic

May 19- Mindful of Mental Wellness

May 12- FJFS Staff Continues to Connect with Memphis Jewish Seniors Despite COVID-19 Barriers

May 5- (Above) School Counselor Offers Comforting Advice for Students and Parents During Covid-19 Crisis

April 28- Wendy and Avron B. Fogelman Jewish Family Service Continues to Keep our Community Safe and Connected

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The mission of the Jewish Foundation of Memphis is to encourage charitable giving, support agency endowment development, and build and sustain a vibrant Jewish community.

This archive of stories shows how Jewish Memphis remains DonorStrong across the generations.

July 22- Geo Poor: Anyone Can Leave a Legacy

June 24- Sheri Gadberry: 20 Years at Jewish Foundation of Memphis, Where Her Work is ‘More Than a Job’

June 4- Jason Salomon to Receive Foundation’s Raymond Shainberg Award

April 16- (Above) Elise Mendelson: Inspiring the Next Generation

March 5- Corporate Partner Spotlight: Kelman-Lazarov, Inc.

February 10- (Above) David Greenberg Maximizes Impact Through Jewish Foundation of Memphis

January 28- B’nai Tzedek Teens Inspired by Non-Profit Mentors

January 13- Sandy Lipman Leads with Passion and Heart

December 24- Year End is Great for Reviewing Your Financial Plan

December 15- End of Year Giving: The Season of Philanthropy

December 1- (Above) Cindy Shainberg: A Dime From Every Dollar

November 17- Memphis Newcomers Sue and Dr. Mitch Levine Have a Habit of Giving Back

October 28- Foundation’s B’nai Tzedek Welcomes Next Generation of Philanthropists

October 21- (Above) Mehler Family Says Foundation Donor Advised Fund is a No-Brainer

September 29- Plough Foundation Pledges Support for Memphis Jewish Community

September 24- Julie Goldstein: Foundation Donor Advised Funds Can Help Anyone Make an Impact

September 3- Paula Jacobson Helped Plant the Seed

August 25- (Above) L’Dor V’Dor: Julia Morrison’s Life of Tzedakah

August 24- Laura Kaplan Paller: B’nai Tzedek and Family Traditions Shaped Early Involvement in Jewish Memphis

August 19- Raymond Shainberg: A Life of Legacy

August 12 – Laurie Meskin: A Third Generation Lion of Judah

July 27- Howard Silver: Doing His Part to Strengthen Jewish Memphis

July 21- Lyda Parker and the Transformative Power of Memory

July 15- My Father’s Example

July 1- (Above) Your Act of Generosity, Our Longevity

June 24- Foundation CARES: Tax Impact of Cares Act

June 17- Creating a Lasting Legacy

June 3- Support Your Favorite Charities with a Gift from Your IRA

May 20- Susan Adler Thorp Sees Family Tradition in Philanthropy During Quarantine

May 13- B’nai Tzedek Teens Present Grant Awards Online

May 6- (Above) Dan Spector, z”l, and his Legacy of Philanthropy

April 29- Students in the Jewish Foundation of Memphis’ Teen Philanthropy Program Donate to Support Coronavirus Needs

April 22- Jason Salomon: Preparing Your Legacy

April 14- Jerry and Stacy Siegler: Meeting the Needs of Our Community

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StrongTogether features highlight the people who drive Federation’s Annual Community Campaign, from the donors who contribute to the people that benefit their generosity, from the volunteers who chip in to do the work to the agencies that thrive because of our collaboration. This blog page will serve as an archive for our StrongTogether stories.

August 11- Three Memphis Women Chosen For Prestigious National Cohort

July 28- FedLED’s 2021 Summer Clothing Sale

June 24- Sheri Gadberry’s 20 Years of Impact

June 1- (Above) Outgoing Board Chair Ken Steinberg Protected Our Most Vulnerable During Unpredictable Term

May 6- Aileen Cooper: Our Thriving Community

April 13- Federation, Foundation Earn 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

March 19- (Above) Jeri Moskovitz: Committed to Giving Back

March 11- Keri Unowsky: As My Ancestors Planted for Me, I Plant for My Descendants

February 16- Lion Behind the Pin: Dot Bilsky ‘s Commitment to Community

January 21- Careers in Jewish Memphis: Shaping Our Community, Together

January 4- (Above) JCP’s Top 20 of 2020

December 30- Myrna Halpern’s Gratitude in the Garden

December 24- PL Library Celebrates Hanukkah with Online Dance Party

December 8- (Above) Michelle Katz Shares Her Light

November 24- Lion Behind the Pin: Myrna Halpern’s Gratitude in the Garden

November 10- Hillel Students Support Federation Through Fundraising Internship

October 27- (Above) Now Online, Camp@HomeStrong Project Gallery Highlights Impact

October 13- PJ Library’s First Event of New Year a Resounding Success

October 2- Federation’s Senior Wellness Initiative Connects and Protects Jewish Memphis

September 25- Rosh Hashanah Gifts Bags Brighten Senior Holiday Celebrations

September 17- (Above) Lion of Judah: Breaking Bread to Repair the World

August 31- BBYO: A Shared Bond in Jewish Memphis

August 17- Jonathan Frisch and Jimmy Ringel Bring Expertise and Passion to Annual Community Campaign

August 10- (Above) Camp@HomeStrong: Saving Summer for Jewish Teens

August 3- Dear Memphis Jewish Community: A Letter from Jewish Healthcare Workers in Memphis

July 30- Emily Shipman Lennon’s Unique Viewpoint Benefits JCP

July 20- Jaclyn Marshall Brings Fresh Ideas to Leadership

July 15- Connecting Different People in Different Ways

July 6- (Above) Camp@HomeStrong Keeps Jewish Teens Engaged During Compromised Summer

June 29- Grants Committee Volunteers Drive Change to a Well-Tested Model

June 22- Supporting Our Global Jewish Community

June 15- Meeting the Needs of Jewish Memphis One Volunteer at a Time

June 8- Hillels of Memphis Adapts for Students in Compromised Semester

June 1- (Above) PJ Library Adapts to Keep Families Connected

May 26- Gifts From the Community Help Seniors Celebrate Shavuot

May 18- Senior Wellness Initiative Connects and Protects Jewish Memphis

May 11- Memphis Congregations Are Strong Together

May 7- Daily Check-in with Agency Executive Directors Creates Strong Bonds

May 4- Federation Awards Grant to Plough Towers to Meet Urgent COVID-19 Needs

April 30 – (Above) Federation Boosts Red Kramer Loan Program for Jewish Memphians in Need of Short-Term Assistance

April 27 – Federation Rallies the Community to Show Appreciation to MJH&R Staff

April 23 – Federation Helps Agencies Navigate Federal Assistance for Local Agencies

April 21 – Join Us for Yom HaShoah

April 13 – Federation Supports Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab Frontline Staff

April 6 – Plough Towers Residents

April 2 – Message from Laura Linder

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Hundreds of community members united Tuesday night for Memphis Jewish Federation’s 58th Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration, a heartfelt and meaningful observance despite the challenges of taking the event to a digital platform. According to data from Zoom and Facebook, we estimate that as many as 800 people tuned in to the program.

Members of our Holocaust Memorial Committee, chaired by Margo Gruen, worked alongside Federation staff to replicate our traditional program as much as possible, making thoughtful modifications where necessary. For example, recognizing that we would have to forgo the public lighting of six memorial candles by six women survivors, we gathered a list of all the women survivors who have lit candles at Yom HaShoah over the years and published it in a booklet mailed to the community before the observance.

The booklet also included a list of all Holocaust survivors in Memphis, living and deceased, as well as high-quality images of all student artwork entered in our Holocaust Art Contest, in lieu of the physical art exhibit which is usually set up in the Memphis Jewish Community Center.

Celebrated survivor Sam Weinreich, who turned 100 earlier this year, has been singing at Yom HaShoah in Memphis ever since our community’s very first observance held in 1962. Mr. Weinreich is currently staying with family in Cleveland, and in a wonderful last-minute surprise, his daughter was able to send us a video of him singing the Ghetto Song to incorporate into the program— and his children and grandchildren watched the program from home.

In addition to Mr. Weinreich’s singing, we were able to maintain other beloved traditions of Yom HaShoah in Memphis, with BBYO teens contributing “Voices of the Next Generation” and community cantors and rabbis reciting songs and prayers. Prompted by Margo, who emceed the program, attendees each lit a candle at home in unison.

Keynote speaker and Holocaust scholar Dr. Mark Celinscak joined us from University of Nebraska at Omaha to share some thoughts about liberation, which was also the theme of this year’s Holocaust Art and Essay Contest.

Accolades have been pouring in from community members of all ages and demographics, including survivors and their descendants, who found the program moving and powerful. Here are a few:

“Thank you for making this program available under these unusual conditions. It was an excellent and informative program.”

“The program tonight for Yom HaShoah was so thought out and interesting.  Saying I enjoyed it seems wrong, but I did truly feel inspired and learned more from the program.  I can tell you put so much into this.”

“We were privileged to watch the amazing program that commemorated Yom HaShoah last night via Zoom.  We just wanted to congratulate you, your staff and everyone who participated in this huge effort.  It was certainly a job well done with love, compassion and commitment.  We are so proud of all who worked so hard.  Thank you and Yashar Koach.”

“Thank you so much for such a beautiful program.  Tonight was moving and executed so well.  Thankful to be a part and couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend Yom HaShoah.”

“Great program last night! Presenter was very interesting. Thank you for putting that together.”

“Thanks so much for organizing and facilitating Yom HaShoah under such challenging circumstances. What a treat it was to see and hear Sam. I thought Dr. Celinscak was really enlightening and I learned some facts I didn’t know, plus in his brief presentation I think he shed light on the complexity of liberation. So appreciate your hard work and here’s hoping next year we will gather together for the 59th Yom HaShoah.”

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