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A screenshot from the 2022 Advanced Seminar.
Florida Lerner Fellows at the 2020 Advanced Seminar.

2023 ADVANCED SEMINAR – JANUARY 14 – 16, 2023

Applications for the 2023 JFR Advanced Seminar are now available. The dates of the program are: January 14 – 16, 2023. The venue is the Hilton Newark Airport.

The following scholars will be presenting: Nicholas E. Coddington, Paul Hanebrink, Peter Hayes, and Jeffrey Veidlinger. The 2023 Advanced Seminar participant fee will be $425 and covers lodging for Saturday and Sunday nights.

Please submit your application as soon as possible. Application and center sign-off should be submitted by Monday, October 24, 2022Do not send your participant fee until asked. You will be informed if you are accepted into the program. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Since we do not know what January 2023 will bring with respect to COVID-19, please see below.

1. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) will adhere to and follow the guidelines of the State of New Jersey and the CDC as it relates to COVID-19.

2. We will give each participant their own room and the JFR will cover the single supplement for each participant for Saturday and Sunday nights.

3. If required by state or federal guidelines in effect at the time, we will have social distancing. As of now, we plan on accepting 22 participants into the program. This number does not include four JFR staff and board members.

4. If required by state or federal guidelines in effect at the time, we will ask all participants to wear masks, preferably N95, KN95, or surgical masks, not cloth.

5. We are requiring that all participants provide proof of vaccination including boosters. The JFR is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all participants and that each participant is “up to date” with respect to their COVID-19 vaccinations, to include the newly authorized bivalent vaccine booster.

If you are interested in attending, please complete your application (see link below) and email the required attachments – Holocaust unit content outline, Claims Conference Form, and COVID-19 vaccination card – to Andrew Buchanan at [email protected].

Click here for the application process and the program.

Click here for the application.

Click here for the Center Sign-off form.

Click here for the Claims Conference form.

Click here for the travel form.


The JFR mourns the passing of Melpomeni Gianopoulou Dina, a righteous gentile from Greece.  Melpomeni was 95 when she passed away on September 24, 2022. Melpomeni’s story was told in the JFR’s 2019 award-winning documentary, Village of Angels, where she was reunited with two of the Jewish children, now adults, she helped save.  Click here to watch the documentary and to read her rescue story.

Melpomeni Gianopoulou Dina
Melpomeni Gianopoulou Dina


For the past thirty years, the JFR has worked closely with the Polish Society for the Righteous.  This is the Rosh Hashanah wishes sent to the JFR from the Polish Society for the Righteous.

A very important holiday is approaching, in which we the Righteous want to participate.

On these festive days, we wish you good health, prosperity and success in such a responsible work for us.

We want to see you always smiling, happy and joyful.

Thank you very much.

The Board of the Polish Society of the Righteous Among the Nations


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.

Wednesday, November 9 – Kean University, Union NJ – Online program featuring Pastor Chris Edmonds.

Friday, November 11 – inSIGHT Through Education, Palm Beach County, FL – in person program for students in Palm Beach Country – featuring Pastor Chris Edmonds.

Tuesday, November 15 – JCC of Middelsex County, NJ – in person program featuring Pastor Chris Edmonds with a screening of the award-winning documentary Footsteps of My Father.

Specific information on these programs will be provided in our November eNewsletter.


We continue to hear from rescuers.  Here is a photo of Brone from Lithuania and her great granddaughter.  Goda writes,

“I am sending you a photo with BRONE JURGILIENE.  Thank you for your support for my great grandmother. We are grateful to you ❤️”

Brone will be 99 this December.  She was recognized by Yad Vashem in 1998 and the JFR began supporting Brone in September 1998. To read Brone’s rescue story, click here.


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 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.

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