Since 1981, the Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies has offered educational programs for educators, students, and the community. Through education and unique programming, the Institute—a collaboration between RVCC and the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties—promotes awareness, understanding, and compassion. The Center offers educational seminars, workshops, and presentations for students and teachers about the lessons learned from the Holocaust as well as genocides that continue today.
The Morris and Dorothy Hirsch Research Library of Holocaust and Genocide Studies is located on the second floor of the Evelyn S. Field Library at Raritan Valley Community College. Established in 1999, the library houses books, a video collection, and other reference materials for research and study as well as an area for classroom instruction. The Morris and Dorothy Hirsch Research Library of Holocaust and Genocide Studies offers an extensive collection of materials on the Holocaust, genocides, and diversity.
Summer Book Series
Join us for a Summer Book Series hosted on Zoom
Resilience During Challenging Times: Books That Provide Hope
On Tuesday, June 30th, 2 - 3 pm, we are thrilled to present Georgia Hunter, New York Times Bestselling author of We Were The Lucky Ones. Mrs. Hunter will discuss the research that went into her family history and the family story of survival. Mrs. Hunter's book has been translated into 15 languages, and has been selected as a top pick by Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Post, People Magazine, and Audible, among others.
Friday, July 31st, 3 - 4 pm, we will discuss Refugee by Alan Gratz
Friday, August 28th, 3 - 4 pm, we will discuss A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ismael Beah
All of these books highlight the perilous conditions experienced in areas of conflict and how these individuals survived.
The books are available online to download to read or listen to through the Somerset County Library System. The program is free. To join the book discussion please email Program Specialist, Michelle Edgar at, Michelle.Edgar@Raritanval.edu.
This series is being co-sponsor by The Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at RVCC, The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties, The Holocaust Education Center of the SSBJCC and 3GNJ.