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 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, and other reference materials for research and study as well as an area for classroom instruction. This research library provides a wealth of information that is directly connected to the programs and events offered by the Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Follow us on Facebook

EVENTS

Friday, January 22, 2021, 10 - 11:15 am
“The Mission, Vision, and Work of the Jim Crow Museum: An Anti-racism facility dedicated to building a just society with Dr. David Pilgrim”
Join RVCCs Paul Robeson Institute and the Institute of Holocaust & Genocide Studies for a Virtual Tour of The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University. The museum serves as a base for quality scholarship addressing the complexities of race, race relations, and racism. While difficult to view, these exhibits document the history of commercialized racism in the United States from the late 19th Century to the present, demonstrating a history of racism and Jim Crow that is neither long past nor far away. Dr. David Pilgrim, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Ferris State University and Curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, will share an important history we need to understand. 
Virtual Museum Tour Registration link:  https://raritanval-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sm6evHBVSOyDJcxA2a4RZA 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 7-8 pm
“Community Holocaust Remembrance Day Event in Honor of Margit Feldman”
Join the RVCC Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties for an online “Community Holocaust Remembrance Day Event in Honor of Margit Feldman.” Holocaust survivors and community members will share their reflections about Margit as we commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. We will light a candle, hear some music, and listen to a poem dedicated to Margit. 
Holocaust Remembrance Day Registration Link:  https://raritanval-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kiOWOIruSsKMEiGNz58uPA

Friday, February 5, 2021, 10-11 am
“Learning Through Experience: Hear Civil Rights History Unfolded with Dr. Terrance Roberts”
Engage with history and hear about the start of school desegregation in the South from a man who lived through it. Our “Learning Through Experience” program will include an online presentation and Q&A with Dr. Roberts, who was one of the Little Rock Nine in 1957. These African American students were the first black students to attend Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. He will reflect on his life experiences and how it is impactful to our understanding of the world today. 
“Learning Through Experience” Registration Link:  https://raritanval-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HO5wW5-7TOCMeqEv_TIm8Q

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 1-2:20 pm
“Women's History Month Poetry Reading Coffee House”
Join us for an online “Women's History Month Poetry Reading Coffee House” (BYOC: Bring your own coffee and poetry, too). The event will offer participants an opportunity to read and hear poetry that reflects on women’s rights and perspectives through the ages. Selected poetry can be an original piece or something that is moving and inspiring to you. The event will be held online via Zoom. 
To register, please email: michelle.edgar@raritanval.edu

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 4-6 pm
“Teacher Seminar with Artist & Educator Evelyn Rauch”
The “Light from the Yellow Star” Workshop was developed by Nancy Gorrell and Evelyn Rauch as part of the outreach program of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater. The workshop was designed to teach middle and high school students about the Holocaust using imagery and text to evoke a personal response to the lessons of the Holocaust. Evelyn Rauch will instruct the teachers step by step on how to teach this workshop to their own students. Teachers will each create artwork and participate in a discussion about its meaning. A list of materials and information about downloading the book will be provided after registration.  
 To register, please email:  michelle.edgar@raritanval.edu

Friday,  April 9, 2021, 10-11 am
“Commemorating Yom HaShoah 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. The 45-minute, 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. 
Yom HaShoah Registration Link:  https://raritanval-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tCr9FmuwRwSBJOEQszTguw

Friday,  April 16, 2021, 3 pm
“Resilience During Challenging Times Panel - One Year Later”
Looking back one year later, we will gather online to hear from the speakers, Holocaust survivors, authors, and members of the second and third generations who provided hope and inspired resilience during our 2020 Resilience lecture series. Please join us as we reflect and connect with each other after an extremely challenging year. 
To register, please email: michelle.edgar@raritanval.edu

Registration is required for all of the Holocaust Institute’s winter/spring programs, which are being offered free of charge. The programs will be held at Eastern Standard Time. 

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