Purim with Holocaust survivors at JCC

 

The Marion and Aaron Gural JCC has long been serving, supporting, and nurturing the precious Holocaust survivor population. It is a safe haven for them and has been a welcoming harbor to thousands of survivors and their families over the last three decades, bringing them into the fold, embracing their unique and painful histories, offering entitlements services, education, socialization, acceptance, and a home away from home.

As this frail and slowly diminishing group ages and, unfortunately leaves us, the urgency of preserving their stories and their memories increases. The counselors have been privileged to be privy to countless survivors’ histories and have formed lasting bonds with struggling, vulnerable family members. As such the JCC announces a new initiative — SHEMA! (Listen!): Studies in the Holocaust Education, Memories, and Awareness — welcoming second generation Holocaust survivors who want to preserve the legacy of their parents and participate in a project-oriented support group. The JCC is looking to create its own archive of vignettes with pictures and artifacts of survivors that will be sent out to JCC friends on a regular basis and made accessible online and could be used for educational purposes and shared with public and private schools.

SHEMA: Listen! is the vision of an invaluable source of Holocaust survivor testimonials, memories, exhibits, educational, and awareness projects, used to perpetuate the memories of our beloved survivors for their families, neighbors, local synagogues, schools, and all community members. Please contact Judy Goldberg or Rachayle Deutsch at the Gural JCC to become involved and for additional information. Call 516-569-6733 or email judy.goldberg@guraljcc.org or rachayle.deutsch@guraljcc.org. The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC is a UJA-Federation of New York proud nonprofit partner.

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