May 4 - Yaffa Eliach Lecture
Dr. Racelle Weiman, Director of The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education,
and Rabbi Hanan Balk of the Golf Manor Synagogue proudly announce their successful
effort to bring the world-renowned scholar, Professor Yaffa Eliach to the Cincinnati
area. Eliach, a scholar and author, is known best as the creator of The Tower
of Life, a photographic exhibit at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Through the generosity of Sam and Rachel Boymel, the compelling voice of Eliach
will be heard during Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2003: Women and the Holocaust.
Eliach presents her keynote lecture, Women of Valor, Women of Pain on Sunday
evening, May 4 at 7:15 p.m. at the Golf Manor Synagogue, 6442 Stover Avenue.
Her presentations will address women’s experiences in shtetls, ghettos
concentration camps and in the resistance. She targets the experiences of women
who rebuilt their lives after the Holocaust. Eliach speaks about how the position
of women changed dramatically during the Holocaust and post-Holocaust emigration
by looking at family, culture, and economic life.
The Combined Generations of the Holocaust of Cincinnati and The Center are deeply
appreciative to the Boymel family for Eliach’s role in this year’s
community wide annual Yom HaShoah Memorial Service. This service is held at
Adath Israel Synagogue this year on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m., for families and
the general public.
Eliach has devoted her life and career to Holocaust education and has received
many awards for this dedication. She was the founder of the first Center for
Holocaust Studies in the United States and was a member of President Carter’s
Holocaust Commission. She serves as Professor of History and Literature at the
Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College as well as the President of
the Shtetl Foundation. Eliach’s work has great significance for the Boymel
family whose own personal history, is that of shtetl life in the Ukraine.
The following day, in the generous spirit of interfaith and inter communal work,
Prof. Eliach will lecture in the Cintas Center Ballroom at Xavier University
on Monday, May 5 at 4p.m.The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at
Hebrew Union College and the Brueggeman Center on Interfaith Relations at Xavier
University, partner for a third annual lecture. This lecture follows a cordial
reception open to the public in Eliach’s honor beginning at 3p.m. Professor
Eliach has been invited to serve as the first Jewish occupant of the Father
Brueggeman Chair in Fall 2003. The Brueggeman Center focuses on developing understanding
across religious boundaries through programs that build communities and strengthen
These events are free and open to the public.
Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2003: Women and the Holocaust is a community-wide
Holocaust Education effort which brings programs in music, film, food, lecture,
art, and theater to all facets of the greater Cincinnati community. These programs
give voice to women survivors, resisters, and rescuers whose distinctive stories
have been neglected, humanize the Holocaust by focusing on the details of individual
experiences, and promote the core values of tolerance, justice, hope, pluralism,
and empowerment. The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at Hebrew Union
College - Jewish Institute of Religion is committed to programs invigorating
the community with an awareness of the Holocaust as distinct for women, their
roles and challenges, and the inability to overcome powerlessness.