Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2003

Tuesday, April 1, 2003

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion announces the third annual Holocaust Awareness Weeks. The two weeks of daily programming from Sunday, April 27 - Sunday, May 11, 2003 brings the poignant and painful stories of female Holocaust survivors, whose distinctive narratives have often been neglected, to the greater Cincinnati, Southwest Ohio, and Northern Kentucky region. Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2003: Women and the Holocaust is a Holocaust education endeavor that offers programs in music, film, food, lecture, art, and theater to all ages and facets of area communities.

Honorary Chairs of Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2003: Women and the Holocaust are Paul and Joyce Heiman and Jim and Vivian Schwab. "We are deeply honored to chair this extraordinary outreach to the community. We find the topic intriguing and compelling - particularly because I attribute to my mother and Vivian's grandmother, Else, our own rescue from the Holocaust. She saw Nazism threatening her family and was the motivating force which encouraged us to risk everything and leave Germany in search for a new life," said Paul Heiman said about his family's involvement with Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2003.

The two-weeks of programming, coordinated by a volunteer committee of over thirty women and co-sponsored by forty organizations from across the region, give voice to women survivors, resisters, and rescuers whose distinctive stories often have been neglected. The programmatic focus is on the details of individual experiences, and will promote the core values of tolerance, justice, hope, pluralism, and empowerment.

During Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2003, the performing arts offer the community the opportunity to experience the personal testimonies of women Holocaust survivors in a uniquely compelling environment. Co-sponsored with University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, one of the highlight events of Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2003 is Music Saved Our Lives, a musical "dialogue" between musician/ author/ survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and musicians from the greater Cincinnati area. As a teenager during the Holocaust, Lasker-Wallfisch survived through her role in the Women's Orchestra at Auschwitz. Lasker-Wallfisch also had a long career in the English Chamber Orchestra as an accomplished cellist. The performance will be held on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, 2003 at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Lift Her Voice From the Darkness is a production with The Ensemble Theater that portrays the stories of women of the Holocaust through dramatic readings from their own personal testimonies. This original performance, co-sponsored by the Ensemble Theater, will be accessible for school and general audiences. There will be performances on Monday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. A special interfaith service will honor women clergy through a modified performance of Lift Her Voice From the Darkness. This performance will be held on May 9, 2003 at 5p.m. at the Scheuer Chapel at Hebrew Union College.

A lecture series, funded in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, will feature nine speakers from around the world on a variety of women's issues, including law and justice, race relations, leadership, and other compelling topics. The speakers will convey their stories through personal experiences or knowledge about the Holocaust. Lecturers include Dr. Karen Mock, Executive Director of the Canadian Race Relations and Professor Yaffa Eliach who developed the first Holocaust museum in the United States. Eliach will give a series of presentations focusing on the changing role of women during the Holocaust including a presentation during the community-wide Yom HaShoah memorial service on Sunday, May 4, 2003 at Adath Israel Congregation. The Yom HaShoah memorial service is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

Two art exhibits tell the stories of women and the Holocaust from a visual medium. One exhibit, on display from April 1 - May 15, 2003 at the Covington Cathedral Art Gallery in Covington, Kentucky, will feature paintings by Judith Weinshall-Liberman that visually convey the stories of the Holocaust. The other art exhibit, Gentle Heroism, a collection of photographs from the Holocaust, will be at the downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County from April 1-May 31. In addition, a film series running throughout the two weeks will feature films such as Sisters in Resistance and Fragments of Isabella.

For more information on Holocaust Awareness Week programs please contact Angela Roskop, program director of Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2003: Women and the Holocaust, by emailing her at angelaroskop@hotmail.com or calling The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at 513-221-1875 x355.

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education is an education and community resource center located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. It offers workshops, professional training seminars, and graduate courses. Teaching Holocaust Studies from academic and theological perspectives, The Center promotes tolerance and social justice in a broad range of civic and cultural concerns. For more information, contact The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education by phone (513) 221-1875, ext. 355 or email chhe@huc.edu or check the website at www.holocaustandhumanity.org.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu