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News from the 19th Floor – Alfred Lerner Fellows – March 2023

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For those who celebrate Purim, which begins March 6th, or have family or friends who celebrate, the JFR is offering a Purim eCard. For a donation of $18 or more, you can send the eCard to fifteen email addresses. If you have any questions about the Purim eCard, please contact the JFR office at 973.736.1800. Click here to schedule your eCards in advance.


The 2023 Summer Institute for Teachers (SIT) will start on Saturday, June 24, 2023, and will be held at the Hilton Newark Airport.  This is the same venue where the Advanced Seminar is held. Most participants will arrive at the Hilton on Friday, June 23rd. The program ends on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.  An email announcing the Summer Institute was sent to Holocaust center and education directors the beginning of February. Applications are due Wednesday, March 8, 2023.  We have an outstanding group of scholars presenting at the SIT this year. Teachers participating in the 2023 SIT, must have received the current COVID bivalent booster.

2022 Alfred Lerner Fellows at the JFR's 2022 Summer Institute for Teachers
Professor van Pelt at Theresienstadt with Lerner Fellows.


Our European Study Program is set.  We leave the US on Saturday, July 1 for Munich, Germany. We leave from Krakow, Poland for the U.S. on Saturday, July 15, 2023.  Professor Robert Jan van Pelt is our scholar for the program. The application and information on the European Study Program will be sent in a separate email to all Lerner Fellows.  The Study Program begins in Munich, where the Nazi party started and ends in Oswiecim where we spend four nights. If you are attending the 2023 SIT, you can join us in Europe. Please let Stanlee know if you are interested in participating in the program. The JFR is significantly subsidizing the program.


At the end of February, awards were sent to all JFR supported Righteous living in 12 countries.  The rescuers are so appreciative that we have remembered them and are taking care of them.  They are sending emails, through their children and grandchildren, thanking the JFR and each of you for the funds that they receive.  They send their good wishes! On behalf of the rescuers, we at the JFR thank you as well for making their lives so much better and brighter.  Please click here to read the notes from the rescuers.

Apolonia Z. (Poland)


Last month we marked the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. During the past year we have remained in close contact with Ukrainian rescuers and their families. A number have left their homes for what they hoped would be safer places. One rescuer left the country for Switzerland. The rescuers in Ukraine have expressed their gratitude for your extra support during this time.


The JFR would like to recognize the important work of the Polish Society for the Righteous. The Society, which is head by Dr. Anna Stupnicka Bando, is based in Warsaw, Poland. Here is a link to Anna’s rescue story.  For more than twenty-five years, the JFR has worked closely with the Polish Society for the Righteous. Over the past two decades, the Society has helped the JFR reach out to JFR-supported rescuers living in Poland.

Holocaust Rescuer Anna Stupnicka
Anna Stupnicka Bando
Anna Bando and her husband, Stanislaw
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