The JFR hosted a luncheon for all rescuers living in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday, September 16, 2018. The luncheon was held at POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Each rescuer was invited to bring a guest. Many of the rescuers brought their children and grandchildren. JFR Board President, Roman Kent, welcomed everyone in a very moving speech.
Marion Turski, Chair of the POLIN Museum Council and Roman’s boyhood friend, also spoke. Eric Green, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, spoke as did Israel’s Deputy Ambassador to Poland, Tal Ben-Ari Yaalon. Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland, gave the benediction.
It was a wonderful afternoon. For the rescuers, it meant that they were able to get out and be recognized for their noble deeds during the Holocaust. For the JFR, we were able to see old friends and to catch up on how everyone is doing. Some 90 people attended the luncheon.
The JFR has been hosting a luncheon for rescuers living in Warsaw for the past ten years. The JFR provided each rescuer with funds to cover the cost of a taxi to and from the luncheon.
October 4-5, 2018
Stanlee Stahl, JFR Executive Vice President, will be presenting on rescue at the conference, “Confronting the Nazis: Reflections on the Forms and Dilemmas of Resistance” to be held at Columbia University in New York City. To register for this conference, please click here.
On October 25-27, 2018, the JFR is co-sponsoring a major teacher education program with the U.S. Embassy and POLIN. The three-day program, “How to talk about the Righteous – Representations in culture, meaning in education” will be held at POLIN in Warsaw. The conference is dedicated to the topic of teaching about rescuing Jews during World War II and will consist of lectures, discussions, and workshops. The second day of the conference will be opened with a lecture by Stanlee Stahl, Executive Vice President of The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. We are looking forward to seeing a number of our Alfred Lerner Fellows from Poland at the program. See next month’s News from the 19th Floor for photos and a follow-up report.
Consider bringing the JFR’s traveling exhibit Whoever Saves a Single Life…Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust, to your community, please e-mail Stanlee Stahl at firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibit opened at the United Nations in January 2013. The exhibit is perfect for small venues e.g., libraries, community colleges, museums. Click here for more information.
The JFR is pleased to be part of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) this year. The CFC is the Federal government’s workplace charity campaign and covers all civilian, postal, and military employees. The CFC’s campaign season is September 1st through December 15th. 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.