Our RVCC community stands in solidarity with people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexualities, gender identities, faiths, countries of origin, and differently-abled people. We believe that racism and hate in any form toward any individual or group are unacceptable. We continue to strive to educate our community and beyond about existing structural racism and inequalities. We are dedicated to celebrating our diverse RVCC community.

Since 1981, the Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies has offered educational programs for educators, students, and the community. Through our unique programming, the Institute—a collaboration between RVCC and the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties—promotes historical awareness, cultural understanding, and addresses the implications of societal norms. The Institute offers educational seminars, workshops, and presentations for students and teachers about the lessons learned from the Holocaust and genocides that continue today. During the pandemic, we have expanded our outreach to include the broader community through our webinars.

The Morris and Dorothy Hirsch Research Library of The Holocaust, Genocide, and Racism 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, reference materials for research and study, as well as an area for classroom instruction. This research library provides a wealth of information directly connected to the programs and events offered by the Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Teachers are encouraged to bring their classes to visit, study, and research using these extensive materials.

Educational programs with speakers and survivors of the Holocaust and genocides are also offered to the community. "Learning Through Experience," the Institute's cornerstone educational program, began as a one-day program more than 39 years ago and has now grown into a two-day annual event. The program has educated more than 150,000 middle and high school students and educators who attend a unique series of guest speaker workshops addressing the Holocaust and genocide. For information regarding programming, resource information, or annual events, contact Michelle Edgar, Program Specialist (908) 526-1200, extension 8735.

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Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration with The Defiant Requiem Foundation & Maestro Murry Sidlin
The Yom HaShoah commemoration will feature a viewing of the documentary film, Defiant Requiem, followed by a discussion with Maestro Murry Sidlin, the President and Creative Director of the Foundation. This feature-length documentary film tells the extraordinary, untold story of the brave acts of resistance by Jewish prisoners at Theresienstadt (Terezín) during World War II.

Defiant Requiem Documentary Film:

Film Link: https://vimeo.com/483615520
Password (case-sensitive): survivingevil

Discussion with The Defiant Requiem Foundation & Maestro Murry Sidlin, Friday, April 9, 2021 - click here to view

Online Summer Book Series

  • June 18th, at 10-11am, we are kicking off the Summer Book Series with author, Jennifer Rosner. Ms. Rosner, A National Jewish Book Award Finalist, will discuss her novel, The Yellow Bird Sings.
  • July 16th at 10-11am, we will be discussing, We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
  • August 20th at 10-11am, we will be discussing, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

All programs are free and open to the public. To register or inquire about the upcoming programs, email: Michelle.Edgar@Raritanval.edu

For additional information about programs sponsored by the Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College, email Program Specialist Michelle Edgar at michelle.edgar@raritanval.edu  

The programs are being co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties, The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, and the Holocaust Education Center of the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center. 

Holocaust & Genocide Institute
Holocaust & Genocide Institute
Holocaust & Genocide Institute
Holocaust & Genocide Institute
Holocaust & Genocide Institute