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March 7th, 2016

Telling Our Families' Stories Panel Discussion

Telling Our Families' Stories

Sunday, April 10, 2016
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Join us for a stimulating inter-generational program which includes a discussion panel and an opportunity for you to continue the conversation using Museum resources.

We especially encourage children and grandchildren of survivors to attend this unique event, but all are welcome.

The discussion panel includes local educators including Child Holocaust Survivor Daniel Goldsmith, Shari Glauser (daughter of Holocaust Survivor Kurt Herman z"l), and Avi Wisnia (grandson of Holocaust Survivor Cantor David Wisnia). They will be sharing their personal or family's experience before, during, and after the Holocaust and discuss what moves them to keep the stories alive and relevant today.

A light reception for survivor families will take place after the presentation.

After the presentation you'll have three options to continue the conversation by

  • Touring the Dreams of Freedom exhibit with a Docent
  • Sharing your family's story in the It's Your Story booth
  • Responding to questions in the Contemporary Issues Forum

Attendees with small children may have one parent/grandparent take their children to participate in the free NMAJH Second Sunday Passover programming during the presentation.

Pre-registration requested due to space limitations. Please contact Tammy Forstater at 215-464-4701 or tammy@hamec.org to register and for further information. Presentations appropriate for 13 and up.

This is a free event with admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History.
This event is in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History.

February 13th

Museum mourns the loss of Belle Ostroff

We mourn the passing of Belle Ostroff, one of our cherished survivors. Belle was born in Paris France in 1925, the child of Polish Jews. She, along with her family lived in hiding and fear after the capture of her father and brother who were sent to concentration camps. Upon liberation Belle married an American GI and moved to Philadelphia to raise her family. We join in their sorrow and thank them for recommending that donations be made to HAMEC to continue our vital mission. May Belle rest in peace and may her family be comforted by memories of a truly wonderful person.

January 21st

Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition 2015-2016

HAMEC is pleased to help advertise the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition for 2015/2016 sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).

It is an opportunity for middle and high school students in grades 7-12 from public, parochial and private schools from throughout the region to respond to the lessons of the Holocaust and the related issues of ethnic, racial and religious intolerance through creative expression. Each year over 400 students from a wide range of backgrounds participate in this artistic competition that judges students in poetry, prose, painting, sculpture, music, dance and video. An awards ceremony is held each June in conjunction with the exhibition and all artistic submissions are exhibited professionally by Moore College of Art and Design.

Entries are due by Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
Contact Beth Razin at 215.832.0536 or brazin@jfgp.org for more information

Click here for more information about the Competition, it's Requirements and Guidelines, and the Competition entry form.