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News from the 19th Floor – Alfred Lerner Fellows – January 2024

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News from the 19th Floor

Dr. Magda Teter
Dr. Dave Rich


We are looking forward to welcoming 22 Alfred Lerner Fellows to the 2024 Advanced Seminar to be held January 13-15, 2024.  The scholars presenting are: Dr. Magda Teter, Dr. Robert Williams, and Dr. Dave Rich. The 2024 Advanced Seminar is addressing antisemitism from a number of perspectives.


Dr. Robert Williams


At the end of 2023, the JFR sent more than $440,000 to rescuers in 11 countries.  This amount included a special award Christmas gift of $3,500 for the purchase of food, for home heating fuel, and for medications. This is the largest individual Christmas gift the JFR has sent to rescuers.  Here is a link to thank you notes from rescuers.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to make a difference in the day-to-day lives of the rescuers.

Oksana A., from Ukraine

Raisa B., Lithuania, with her granddaughter
Vlastimila K., Slovakia

Stanlee Stahl to Speak in Bradenton, FL on January 28th

Sunday, January 28, Stanlee Stahl will be speaking at the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s  International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration.  The program will be held at State College of Florida Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton at 3:00 p.m.  The program will honor the five Americans recognized by Yad Vashem.  Joining Ms. Stahl at the program will be Pastor Chris Edmonds, the son of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, one of the five Americans recognized as Righteous Gentiles.

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We have received a number of calls from folks who are unable to find the JFR on Charity Navigator – we are there with a 4 star rating!  You can find us under Jewish and not “The.”  Should you be interested, here is a link to our page on Charity Navigator.

Vasil N., Ukraine


The JFR Board of Trustees voted to increase monthly award levels for JFR-supported rescuers.  Each rescuer will be receiving an additional $100 USD each month.  Monthly awards will now be $400 for each rescuer. As the rescuers age, their needs become more acute.  The JFR is working hard to meet these needs.

As we welcome a new year, we thought it appropriate to take some time to provide information on how our rescuer support program works.  Many have asked when and how we send our funds to rescuers.  Click here for more information.


If you change names, home address, place of employment, telephone numbers, emails – please do let us know so we can keep your record current. And please let us know if you have retired from teaching.

As we start a new year, I wish everyone only good things! Please do stay in touch.

Drawing courtesy of Dara Zadikow's, JFR's Director of Development, son.
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