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JFR Speakers Bureau

The JFR welcomes Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, to its Speakers Bureau.  If your synagogue, church, JCC, or organization is planning its schedule for next year, please consider one of the JFR’s speakers. Click here to learn more about the JFR Speakers Bureau. Pastor Edmonds speaks about his father’s story.  Click here to read the story of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds.

Rescuers Receive their Awards for January through April 2018

For the past several months we have been receiving letters and emails of gratitude and appreciation from our rescuers.  Monthly award levels were increased effective January 1, 2018, for all JFR-supported rescuers. We would like to thank our volunteer translators who help with Russian and Polish.

If you speak/read/write Russian, Polish, Lithuanian, or Hungarian we can use your help.  You do not have to live in the New York area.  Please email [email protected].

Wanda Muller, a JFR supported Righteous Gentile, at the Rescuer Luncheon in Warsaw, Poland.
Dr. Steven Field visiting with Tamara Romanova, St. Petersburg, Russia, July 2017.

Lectures from 2017 Summer Institute for Teachers

At the 2017 Summer Institute for Teachers, the JFR taped a number of the lectures.  This month we are posting Dr. Steven Field’s lecture. Click here to see the lecture. Dr. Field presented on chapter two of How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader – “Nazism in Power”.  Dr. Field addressed “Medicine During the Third Reich”.

News from the Classroom

Maureen Carter, JFR Lerner Fellow 2004, shared the following news about two new courses.

The School District of Palm Beach County has announced that two new, year-long Holocaust education courses will be taught in two middle schools in Boca Raton, Florida. They are pilot programs that will be begin in the fall of 2018.  Carolina Simon, JFR Lerner Fellow 2017, will teach the course at Loggers’ Run Middle School in Boca Raton and Bogdan Paraschioviou, JFR Lerner Fellow 2017, will teach a course through ELA at Omni Middle School.  Both courses will be a year-long and will be adapted to teach the Holocaust in different ways.

Carolina Simon, at Loggers’ Run, will teach a pre-AP Geography course with the events leading up to 1933 and then with the years, 1933-1945.  Students taking this course in the 8th grade will receive high school credit.  Bogdan Paraschioviou, at Omni, will teach the Holocaust through literature and readings using the Florida Standards strategies.  Both teachers are well educated in the Holocaust and being recent Lerner Fellows makes them qualified to teach these courses.

This initiative is ground-breaking for the public school system in Florida. These master teachers were nominated to attend the JFR’s Summer Institute for Teachers by our local Holocaust center, inSight Through Education.  inSight Through Education’s Lerner Fellows are also forming an Advisory Board based on “How Was It Possible?”  The board will meet bi-monthly and put into place a strategy for teaching other teachers how to teach the Holocaust. We thank inSight Through Education for their support of these master teachers and our efforts to teach the Holocaust in Palm Beach County.

Stanlee Stahl, JFR Exceutive Vice President, Bogdan Paraschioviou, and Carolina Simon at the 2017 Summer Institute for Teachers.
Our new home in West Orange, NJ!

Our Address is Changing

Effective July 1, 2018, the JFR will be located in West Orange, NJ.  Our new address will be:

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

80 Main Street, Suite 380
West Orange, New Jersey 07052

Our email and website will remain the same.  Our telephone and fax numbers, including the area codes, will remain the same.

We will also be looking for volunteers to help in the office after our move.  If you are near West Orange and would like to help out, please email Stanlee Stahl at [email protected].

If your contact information changes – please let us know!

Email changes to [email protected] or call the office at 212-727-9955.


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