Online Fall 2022 Programs
Free and Open to the Public – Registration is Open!
The Light from the Yellow Star Art Exhibition at RVCC
Opening September 7th
Middle School and High School students created artwork for this exhibit after reading, viewing, and discussing the book Light from the Yellow Star, “A letter of love from the Holocaust,” written by Robert Fisch, a Holocaust survivor, pediatrician, author, and graphic artist. The book describes Robert Fisch’s difficult journey during the Holocaust. Each page is then accompanied by a graphic that speaks to the words on the opposite page. The message of the book, as the title implies, is that even in the darkest times, there is always hope for a better future. These lessons are essential in our world today. RVCC is hosting this exhibition highlighting artwork from more than 60 students from schools throughout central New Jersey from September through December 2022.
Community members are also invited to join us for a live presentation on Friday, October 28th at 10 am by artist and educator Evelyn Rauch as she discusses the work and the inspiration behind this extraordinary exhibit. The presentation will be hybrid, both in-person and on Zoom.
Registration link: https://raritanval-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kpfIp9OYR1OfJjXIJyBLCw
This exhibit is part of the outreach program of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center of Bridgewater, NJ
Survival and Hope Beyond Genocide
Friday, September 23rd at 10 - 11 am (online)
In honor of the UN International Day of Peace and in partnership with Mercer Holocaust, Genocide, & Human Rights Education Center, please join us online for the documentary film “Children of Genocide: The Five Who Survived” Voices of genocide survivors from The Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Sudan. The documentary focuses on five adults who were children at the time of their particular country’s crisis. The survivors recount their childhood experiences with genocide and their adult perspectives on these atrocities. The survivors range from a 26-year-old Sudanese to a 76-year-old Jewish-German, illustrating the half-century of genocides from Darfur to the Holocaust. In addition to the 30-minute film, the program will include a conversation with the film director, Dr. Ellen Kennedy, and Bosnian survivor, Dr. Dragana Vidovic, who is featured in the film.
Registration link: https://raritanval-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M4eiJmByQS69E5hxIgMK7g
The Shoah Ambassadors
Friday, October 21st at 10 - 11:30 am (online)
Learning Through Experience: The Shoah Ambassadors
This one-hour documentary film, Shoah Ambassadors, bridges the chasm of today’s younger generation with that of the Holocaust generation through a unique and creative journey that two young non-Jewish individuals go on. Over the two-year production, through both song and art, the ambassadors Hailey Callahan and Curtis Bates take a deep personal dive into the atrocities of the Holocaust and WWII. There will be a Q&A following this film with the director, Keith Famie, where we can hear more about the project and learn how people of different ages, backgrounds, and experiences can come together to open hearts and minds.
Registration link: https://raritanval-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1md8t9iWQWyiJTtGG_wvhg
Online Community-Wide Kristallnacht Commemoration
Wednesday, November 2nd at 7 - 8 pm (online)
In partnership with The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties, The JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center, The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, JEWISH LIFE, and Jewish Family Services, we are proud to present the film screening of Rebuilt From Broken Glass in commemoration of Kristallnacht. A discussion and Q&A will follow this 40-minute film with Holocaust survivor Fred Behrend and director Larry Hanover. Fred Behrend witnessed the flames of Kristallnacht in 1938 at age 12, seeing synagogues on fire, and soon fled Nazi tyranny. Several years after entering America, he would earn a personal victory over the Nazis, teaching democracy as a GI to German POWs. At age 92, however, he discovered that a miracle still awaited: one that was exactly 80 years in the making.
To find out more about Fred and this true miracle, please register: https://raritanval-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fMTdCYC6TcmM9tUyRYkETg
Save the Date: "We Are the Seeds"
Residential Schools and their Lasting Impact on Native Nations and Communities
Wednesday, November 16th at 8 - 9 pm (online)
In partnership with 3GNY - Descendants of Holocaust Survivors, we are honored to present Katrina Herne, from the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in upstate NY. Katrina Herne will present a history of the residential school system and its lasting impact on Native Nations and their communities.
Registration info coming soon
All of these programs are taking place online on Eastern Standard Time. They are free and open to the public. These programs are being co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties, The JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center, & The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.
If you have any questions about the programs: Email Program Specialist Michelle Edgar at firstname.lastname@example.org. These programs are free, run on Eastern Standard Time, and require registration.