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News from the 19th Floor – Alfred Lerner Fellows – November 2022

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Mark your calendar! Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

As we give thanks this year, let us remember to thank and take care of the men and women who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust – non-Jews who refused to be passive in the face of the evil they witnessed. Now elderly and in financial need, help us to make their Christmas holiday a little brighter. Each December the JFR raises funds to send a special award to our rescuers for the purchase of food at Christmas. Our goal this year is $25,000 – help us reach this goal. Please consider making a gift of $36.00 or more. Click here to donate now.


The JFR has been working with several of the JFR’s Holocaust Centers of Excellence in planning programs for Kristallnacht and Veteran’s Day featuring Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds. The documentary tells the heroic story of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, the only American soldier recognized by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Among the Nations.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at 7 p.m.
Kean University Kristallnacht Virtual Program
Stanlee Stahl, JFR Executive Vice President, and Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of Roddie Edmonds, will speak. The program includes a screening of the JFR award-winning film “Footsteps of My Father.” Click here to register.

Friday, November 11, 2022
INSIGHT Through Education, Palm Beach County, FL
INSIGHT Through Education is sponsoring three in-person programs featuring Pastor Chris Edmonds for over 1,000 students, survivors and community members in Palm Beach County. These events are not open to the public.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022  at 7 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County
(1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison)
 Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of Roddie Edmonds, will speak.  The program includes a screening of the JFR award-winning film “Following the Footsteps of My Father.” The program is free and open to the community, registration is requested. Click here to register.


The 2023 Advanced Seminar is closed and will be held at the Hilton Newark Airport. The following scholars will be presenting: Dr. Nicholas Coddington, Professor Peter Hayes, Professor Paul Hanebrink, and Professor Jeffrey Veidlinger.  We look forward to seeing everyone in person.



During the past several weeks, we were notified of the deaths of two rescuers, Wladyslaw Misiuna from Poland and Olympiada Danilyantz from Ukraine.

Professor Misiuna died on October 2, at the age of 97.  In 2010, the JFR reunited Wladyslaw with the one of the five women he saved during the Holocaust.  Here is a link to the JFR award-winning documentary on Wladyslaw Misiuna. The JFR started supporting Professor Misiuna in June 1990.

Below is an email from the granddaughter of Olympiada Danilyantz informing us of the death of her grandmother.  Olympiada would have been 100 on December 2. The JFR starting supporting Olympiada in October 1991.

Good afternoon! I must tell you the bad news – after a long illness on September 29, 2022, my grandmother died – Righteous Among the Nations Olympiada Danilyantz. Thank you very much for your attention and help.

From, Irina Petrova

Wladyslaw receiving a birthday cake at a JFR Rescuer Luncheon in 2016
Olympiada in 2022


Please do let us know how you are doing and consider writing a piece for the Alfred Lerner Fellows eNewsletter.


The JFR is part of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – the Federal government’s workplace charity campaign and covers all civilian, postal, and military employees. The CFC’s campaign season is September 1, 2022 through January 15, 2023. If you know of someone who works for the Federal government, the U.S. military, or the U.S. Postal Service, please ask them to consider selecting the JFR as the recipient of their gift. The JFR’s CFC number 10744.


As you do your holiday shopping, please consider ordering through AmazonSmile and indicate the JFR as your charity. The JFR receives a small portion of the proceeds from every sale made through AmazonSmile when you specify the JFR as your charity. If you have any questions about accessing AmazonSmile, call the JFR office at 973.736.1800 or email us at [email protected].

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