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Raymond and Yolanda Kunz

JFR Annual Benefit, Monday, November 25, 2019

The JFR will present its Recognition of Goodness Award to Yolanda and Raymond Kunz.  We will be telling the rescue story of Yossi Mor and Sara Yanai who were saved by Melpomeni Gianopoulou in Greece. The benefit will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019, at The New York Public Library, in Manhattan. Click here to learn more about the benefit.

2019 Robert I. Goldman Award

The 2019 Robert I. Goldman Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education will be presented to Tricia Skelton (2017 Lerner Fellow).  Tricia is an amazing, creative, and talented educator!  She teaches 6th grade English Language Arts and History at the Opelika Middle School in Opelika, Alabama.  The award will be presented to Tricia at the 2019 JFR Benefit in New York City, on November 25, 2019.

Congratulations Tricia!

Tricia Skelton

Giving Tuesday

Mark your calendar! Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 2, 2019.

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. Click here to donate now.


The JFR award-winning documentary Footsteps of My Father will be screened across the United States in November.

Pittsburg Shorts is screening the documentary on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the SouthSide Works Cinema at 12 noon, located at 425 Cinema Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.

Coronado Island Film Festival is screening the documentary on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Coronado Performing Arts Center located at 650 D. Avenue, Coronado, CA.

Columbia Jewish Film Festival is screening the documentary on Monday, November 11, 2019, Veterans Day.  Pastor Chris Edmonds will be at the screening and will be speaking.  The screening will be held at the Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia, SC.

Palm Beach County School District Professional Development Day – November 11, 2019 The Palm Beach County Florida School District will screen the documentary for history teachers on Monday, November 11, 2019, Veterans Day.  Stanlee Stahl, JFR Executive Vice President, will present the documentary and will work with Palm Beach Country Educators on how to teach to this documentary.  Stanlee is looking forward to seeing our Florida Alfred Lerner Fellows at this program.  The JFR thanks the Palm Beach County School District for selecting this documentary to focus on for their professional development.  We also thank inSight Through Education, the JFR’s Holocaust Center of Excellence for covering the cost of Stanlee’s travel enabling her to participate in this important professional development day for Palm Beach County teachers.

POLIN Museum. (Photo courtesy of POLIN)

JFR Co-Sponsors Teacher Education Program with the U.S. Embassy and POLIN

On November 14-16, 2019, the JFR is co-sponsoring an international educational conference with the U.S. Embassy and POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews.  The three-day program is entitled, “Polish-Jewish Heritage of the Republic of Poland.  Challenges of Memory and Education”.  We hope our Polish Alfred Lerner Fellows will attend this important program.


We continue to have problems with our telephone number.  If you dial 1-212-727-9955 and you receive a message saying that the number is no longer working – we are here and the number does work, just not for everyone.

So please dial 1-212-727-2383.

While we are talking about phone numbers, please note our address in New Jersey is: 80 Main Street, Suite 380, West Orange, NJ 07052


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 9, 2019, through January 12, 2020. If you know 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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