“They feel like they have a connection with him even though they don’t know him.” ~ The McPherson School, KS


July 24th, 2016

HAMEC mourns the passing of Dr. Paul B. Winkler, leader of Holocaust education in New Jersey

Paul B. Winkler, 79, of Lawrenceville, N.J., the groundbreaking executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education from 1975 to May of this year, and friend of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, died of cancer on Tuesday, July 12, at his home.

We at HAMEC shared a common goal with Dr. Winkler, a passion and a mission to educate all students about the lessons of the Holocaust.

Dr. Winkler led the effort to mandate Holocaust education in New Jersey. As a result of his work, in 1994, New Jersey became the second state, after Illinois, to pass a law requiring Holocaust and genocide education. Through the years, Dr. Winkler remained a guiding force in maintaining New Jersey’s Holocaust curriculum as the standard by which other state Holocaust and genocide curricula would strive to emulate.

HAMEC Media and Marketing Coordinator and lead advocate for Pennsylvania’s Holocaust and Genocide education law, Rhonda Fink-Whitman says, “Dr. Winkler made sure that NJ got it right. When we were creating a similar law in Pennsylvania, we didn’t have to look far. Just across the bridge, over the Delaware River, Dr. Winkler had laid the groundwork for us. He set the bar very high. Although I never met him personally, I was inspired by his work. We are grateful for his contributions.”

Dr. Winkler had a special relationship with other members of our HAMEC team.

“Paul Winkler will long be remembered for his unsurpassed professional and trailblazing contributions towards furthering the causes of justice, inclusion and social consciousness through the teaching of the lessons of the Holocaust. I will always be grateful to have been the recipient of Paul’s warm friendship and will always remember with great respect, his accomplishments and humanity.”
~ Deanne Scherlis Comer, voicesofholocausthistory.com

“I want you to know that your impact on my life and on our work aimed at reducing and combating prejudice has been appreciated. I cannot thank you enough for your friendship, support, and good wishes.” This is a note that was written by Dr. Paul B. Winkler to his staff. This is the Dr. Winkler that we all knew; a soft voice, a smile, and a sense of humor paired with the determination, knowledge and courage to embrace the goodness in life so as to fight the wrong. Paul did this through his work in education. He fostered an atmosphere of cooperation and friendship with everyone he met. He wanted everyone to be happy and treat each other with kindness; a theme he carried throughout his life. He was a man dedicated to people, to life, to Tikun Olam; repairing the world. Paul was a role model, an upstander, using his heart, mind, and hands; passing this on to all he met; we, the beneficiaries of his guidance. His wisdom, passion, and tireless energy showed in his many accomplishments in his life. He was a “giant” in Holocaust education, not only in the state of New Jersey but nationally. Because of Paul, curriculum has been written, a mandate in NJ is set, teachers are teaching students what is important in this world; always to remember. Paul was a man dedicated to life and doing what is right. His heart and soul was larger than life, and now our job is to continue his good work, never to forget!”
~ Paula Mann, M.Ed. NJ Middle School Teacher and Teacher of the Holocaust

Read Dr. Winkler’s entire obit here: http://bit.ly/29ZxBtd

May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.

July 5th

HAMEC Mourns the Passing of Elie Wiesel

We at the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center join the world in mourning the passing of Elie Wiesel. As with all of us, Mr. Wiesel's grave marker will include his year of birth and his year of death along with other things. The most important is the dash that will appear between the years. It is what we do while we are alive. Elie Wiesel has set an example for all of us to follow. Dealt a horrible hand through no fault of his own, he dedicated his life to reminding the whole world about the tragic consequences of bigotry and hatred especially when it is state sponsored. He was relentless in his pursuit of providing necessary knowledge to countless individuals and taught the importance of tolerance and love. His mission is our mission and we will soldier on. On this sad week we can smile a little bit knowing that we are doing important work in educating our young people. Our 30 survivors and liberators, our heroes, continue and will continue to provide their eyewitness testimony to tens of thousands of area students. Thank you for being part of our mission.

FYI--through a chance meeting two years ago, Mr. Wiesel was informed about our accomplishments. He smiled and thanked us. We smiled and thanked him.

Chuck Feldman

May 23rd

4th Annual Music Festival -- Great Music! Great Food! Great Fun!

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center Presents...


Summer Music Festival

Sunday, July 10th
Keneseth Israel (8339 Old York Rd, Elkins Park)

We're excited to bring this popular and fun event back to the Greater Philadelphia area! We'll have delicious food to eat, a vendor fair to browse and purchase from, a raffle to take part in, book sales, and of course music and dancing!


  • $10 in advance, and for Museum Members, seniors, and students
  • $15 at the door
  • Children under the age of 12 are free!

Performance Schedule

  • 1PM: Rak-Dan
  • 2PM: Ross Levy
  • 3PM: Bobby Block


Confirmed Vendors

  • And Thou Shalt Read (Jewish Books)
  • Chocolate Bar Suppliers (Kosher Chocolate)
  • My Work In Clay (Ceramics)
  • Garden of Earthly Delights (Comics & Collectibles)
  • From Scratch & My Thyme (Food Catering)
  • Tastefully Simple (Food)
  • Keneseth Israel Gift Shop (Judaica)
  • Holocaust Survivor Book Sales
  • HAMEC Table
  • Jewelry With Me (Custom Wire-Wrapped Jewelry)
  • Gratz College (Higher Education)
  • Blondie's Bling (Jewelry)
  • Volunteers for Israel
  • Keep Breathing Campaign (Art-Based Non-Profit with Fine Art, Jewelry, Prints, & Clothing)
  • Designs by Karen (Clothing & Accessories)