At 1 p.m., following the 11 a.m. worship service, Earl Starnes, the architect who designed the sanctuary, will participate in a forum on the building’s design and construction. Attendance is free, but lunch is $5 per person. For more information call 305-667-3697.
Jewish Federation marks Holocaust month
The Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation will have a series of free programs throughout February — its Holocaust Education Month — at several locations throughout the county.
The events will include a film series, lectures and other diverse and informative programs, will begin at 10 a.m. today with a public lecture presented by Holocaust scholar Dr. Robert Van Pelt, at the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St.
Van Pelt will discuss the concentration camp diary of student David Koker, who perished during his imprisonment. His diary was one of the few to survive the concentration camps. Van Pelt’s book, At the Edge of the Abyss: A Concentration Camp Diary, 1943-1944, is a finalist for a 2013 National Jewish Book Award.
The program’s film series will include two films, "Yours Ivan," which takes a look at the Terezin ghetto of Czechoslovakia, and will be shown at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 1933-1945 Meridian Ave in Miami Beach. Following the screening, Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Miami Dade County Public Schools’ Educational Specialist for Holocaust Studies, will lead a discussion.
The Holocaust Memorial has a mission to educate students and teachers throughout the community and therefore will feature special programs throughout the month designed for them.
The month of programs kicked off on last Wednesday with ninth and 10th grade students at Miami Beach Senior High School spending the morning with two Holocaust survivors — Alex Gross and Bessie Bedzow. The two shared their insights about surviving Nazi occupation and forging new lives in the United States. The program was titled, "First Person: Conversations with Holocaust Survivors," and was led by David Reese, a language arts teacher.
An advanced symposium on the history of the Holocaust will be presented to Dade County Public School teachers on Sunday, and will feature presentations by Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute of American Jewish University, and Van Pelt.
Attorney Andrew C. Hall, chair of the Holocaust Memorial and himself a child survivor of the Holocaust, said, "This month is extremely important to our community. By teaching the lessons of the Holocaust, we hope to ensure that this type of tragedy never happens again."
Watch this column for more Holocaust events throughout February.