2015-09-30 / Local News

GHMEC’s March of Remembrance will feature author Charlotte Bonelli

The Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) Goodwin Holocaust Museum and Education Center (GHMEC) is hosting its 3rd Annual March of Remembrance, a community-wide fundraiser to support Holocaust education in South Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 4. “Teaching about the Holocaust also teaches about the consequences of hatred and anti-Semitism. At a time when worldwide anti- Semitism continues to rise, it continues to be the collective responsibility of every individual in our community to help support our educational programming to over 20,000 students each year,” said Julia Roberts, JCRC vice president and co-chair of this year’s March along with Betty Adler, former president of the Jewish Federation and a child of Holocaust survivors.

The March begins at 9:30 a.m. at the new Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey Annex, 1721 Springdale Rd., and ends at the GHMEC, 1301 Springdale Rd., where keynote speaker Charlotte Bonelli, the director of the American Jewish Committee Archives & Records Center, and author of the book “Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family From Nazi Germany,” will share the inspirational story of Lucie Hatch, a young German Jewish immigrant who helped to save dozens of relatives trapped during the Holocaust. The keynote address will be held in the social hall at the Katz JCC at 10:30 a.m.

As in past years, along the March route, GHMEC docents and volunteers will share educational exhibits and information about the Holocaust and the work of the GHMEC. Additionally, at the end of the March there will be a special exhibit of artwork created by Dr. Nelly Toll when she was a child in hiding during the Holocaust. The award-winning exhibit, entitled “Imagining a Better World,” gives insight into the mind of a child during this horrific time in history.

The GHMEC is one of the preeminent Holocaust education institutions in New Jersey. It is supported solely by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations within our local community.

Using the history and lessons of the Holocaust, the GHMEC is involved throughout the year in Holocaust education programs, including Survivor and Liberator speaker programs, docent-led museum tours, videoconferences, films, theatrical productions, elementary school guest reader programs, and teacher training programs. In addition, the GHMEC spearheaded the formation of a “Generations After the Shoah” group enabling children and grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors to continue to share their family legacies. The GHMEC also offers annual Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) and Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) observances.

“When we talk about the Holocaust, we always say, ‘Never Again,’ but through our Goodwin Museum and the countless educational programs that it offers, we are able to go one step beyond and encourage future generations to learn from history and become upstanders who never allow hatred to control society again,” said Cochair Betty Adler.

Registration for the March of Remembrance is $36 for adults; $18 for students; $54 for a family/household. All pre-registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Sponsorships are still available and team registration is encouraged.

For more information about the event, to register, or to make a contribution, please visit www.jcrcsnj.org. Questions can also be directed to Jean Klein at (856) 751-9500, ext. 1191 or jklein@jfedsnj.org. .

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