Eric S. Goldstein and Bernie Igielski

Bernie Igielski, 91, of North Woodmere, and Marvin Jacobs, 97, both Holocaust survivors, shared their stories of survival at UJA-Federation of New York’s Yom HaShoah commemoration on Wednesday, May 1.

They addressed Eric S. Goldstein, UJA-Federation CEO, and a crowd of over 300 UJA-Federation employees to send their message of appreciation for all that the Gural JCC and UJA-Federation have done to enhance the lives of survivors throughout Long Island. The survivors were joined by Cathy Byrne, the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC’s associate executive director for older adults and special needs.

Bernie Igielski confided, “Until my retirement, I shied away from it. I never spoke about it. I never wanted to meet another Holocaust survivor … I was lucky, I lived; most people died. I had a life full of miracles.”

In her remarks, Cathy Byrne stated, “It is our duty to ensure that humanity never forgets as we stand together against the scourge of antisemitism.”

The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC in Cedarhurst sponsors several Holocaust survivors groups that meet their unique needs. For more information, please call the JCC at 516-569-6733.

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