3rd Annual Intersecting History: Community Conversation

Virginia Museum of Historyn & Culture 428 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, United States

Hear Intersecting History museum partners share their vision of how their institutions are forging a more just & inclusive public memory. Come out on Thursday, January 25, 2023, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. to hear a panel of outstanding women leaders discuss how women continue to be on the frontlines of arts, culture and the modern-day freedom movement at Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. This event brings together area museums around “Yes She Can!” theme to engage residents, promote hope and healing. Then be sure to registered for the Museum Crawl on January 28th, 2024! Date and time Thursday, January 25, 2024 · 6 - 8pm EST Location Virginia Museum of History & Culture 428 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220 Click HERE to register!

Film Screening of: Letters From BRNO

Virginia Holocaust Museum (VHM) 2000 East Cary Street, Richmond

Letters from Brno Film Screening Saturday January 27th, 2024 at 6:00pm at the Virginia Holocaust Museum 2000 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23235 This International Holocaust Remembrance Day join us for the free screening of Letters from Brno. Letters from Brno tells the powerful, personal story of love and sacrifice during the Holocaust. In a 45-year search for clues to her mother’s past, daughter, Karen Kruger uncovers the tragic fate of her grandparents through their letters written during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Join us for the screening and Q&A with the film’s writer and producer Karen Kruger. Film Runtime: 1 hour Reservations Required This event is free, but a registration is required. Please fill out the form below to register. This program is generously sponsored by the Ipson Holocaust Education Fund, Henry and Gertrude Kupfer Holocaust Education Fund and Herbert J. and Ruth B. Rubel Holocaust Education Fund of the Richmond Jewish Foundation.

3rd Annual Intersecting History: Museum Crawl

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA

Attend participating museums free of charge and get free bus transportation to all 7 participating museums to experience Intersecting History. This event brings together area museums around “Yes She Can!” theme to engage residents, promote hope and healing. Date and time Sunday, January 28, 2024 · 12 - 5pm EST Starting Location Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220 We are excited to announce that our 3rd Annual Intersecting History Museum Crawl & Community Conversation! This event brings together area museums around “Yes She Can!” theme to engage residents, promote hope and healing. This event is taking place on January 25th and January 28th, 2024 and we will be bringing together 7 Richmond museums to engage residents in important conversations about history, memory, healing and justice. Click HERE to register!

Richmond Jewish Educators Workshop: “Letters From Brno”

Temple Beth-EL Brown Religious School 601 N. Parham Rd. Richmond, VA 23229 Temple Beth-EL Brown Religious School 601 N. Parham Rd. Richmond, VA 23229, Richmond, VA

Sunday, January 28, 2024 1:00pm to 3:30pm Location: Temple Beth-EL Brown Religious School 601 N. Parham Rd. Richmond, VA 23229 Join us for a workshop with, Karen Kruger, writer, and director of the powerful documentary “Letters from Brno.” Using Karen’s family's story, we will address best practices of Holocaust education using primary resources and survivor voices. The workshop will also give educators the opportunity to learn how to research and develop personal family stories. Register for the free workshop here: https://jewishrichmond.regfox.com/educator-professional-development-2024. There will be a free community screening of “Letters from Brno,” on Saturday evening at 6pm at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Attending Saturday’s screening is recommended, but not required. An educator's cut will be shown during the workshop. To attend the Saturday screening register here: https://www.vaholocaust.org/events/letters-from-brno/

“Letter’s From Brno:” Teaching About the Holocaust Through Personal Stories

Virginia Holocaust Museum (VHM) 2000 East Cary Street, Richmond

"Letter’s From Brno:"  Teaching About the Holocaust Through Personal Stories Educator Workshop January 29th, 2024 10am-2:30pm at the Virginia Holocaust Museum Deadline to Register:  January 26, 2024   Join the Virginia Holocaust Museum and Karen Kruger, writer, and director of the powerful documentary “Letters from Brno.” Using Karen’s family’s story, we will address best practices of Holocaust education using primary resources and survivor voices.  The workshop will also give educators the opportunity to screen the film “Letters from Brno.”  Participants will then be led on a guided tour of the updated Museum exhibits by VHM Director of Education, Megan Ferenczy.  Tour discussion will be focused on educational approaches, best practices, and stories of Virginia Holocaust survivors. This workshop is free for educators and includes: Coffee and Lunch Educator Resources A certificate of attendance Click HERE to Register! About the film “Letter’s from Brno:” Letters from Brno tells the powerful, personal story of love and sacrifice during the Holocaust. In a 45-year search for clues to her mother’s past, daughter, Karen Kruger uncovers the tragic fate of her grandparents through their letters written during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. For questions about the workshop please contact mferenczy@vaholocaust.org    

The Counterfeit Countess: The Jewish Woman Who Rescued Thousands of Poles During the Holocaust Co-Authored by Elizabeth B.

Weinstein JCC 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA, United States

Monday, February 19th, 2024 Lunch at 11:45 • Speakers at 12:30 • Free • Book Signing to Follow The Counterfeit Countess tells, for the first time, the astonishing story of Jewish mathematician Dr. Josephine Janina Mehlberg, who rescued some ten thousand Poles while posing as “Countess Janina Suchodolska” in the midst of the Holocaust in German-occupied Poland. Drawing on Mehlberg’s unpublished memoir and their prodigious research, professional historian and Holocaust expert Elizabeth White (former Research Director for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide, chief historian for the US Department of Justice & Office of Special Investigations) co-authored a riveting narrative that recounts Mehlberg’s extraordinary achievements within the context of the terror and suffering inflicted on Poland by its Nazi occupiers during World War II. Like The Light of Days, Schindler’s List, and Irena’s Children, but at the same time, utterly unique, The Counterfeit Countess is an unforgettable narrative about courage in the face of unspeakable cruelty with inspiration and strength within its pages. This conversation will be moderated by Michelle Lynn Kahn, assistant professor of modern European history at the University of Richmond. Her research situates post-1945 Germany in a transnational frame, focusing on migration, racism, far-right extremism, gender, and sexuality. Reservations are a MUST! Please RSVP by February 15th. To register for in-person or on zoom, please email Shari Menlowe-Barck at sbarck@weinsteinjcc.org or call 804-545-8611

Free Educator Workshop:  When Civil Society Stands Up – Sephardic Jews, the Holocaust, and the Bosnian War

Virginia Holocaust Museum (VHM) 2000 East Cary Street, Richmond

Join the Virginia Holocaust Museum and Centropa for a day of professional development focused on the experience of Sephardic Jews.   In 1492, Sephardic Jews—Jews whose ancestors were originally from Spain—came to the Ottoman Empire (including today’s Balkan region), when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain expelled them. Eighty percent of the Jews of Yugoslavia were murdered during the Holocaust, and the same in Greece. In this workshop, you will learn about Sephardic Jews in the Balkans, the Holocaust, and two remarkable stories of when civil society stood up in times of war—once during the Holocaust, and another time during the Bosnian war of the 1990s. You will return to your students with resources in Spanish and English for teaching this history.   In this workshop, you will spend time with Centropa's interviews, photographs, short multimedia films, thematic websites, and podcasts. This workshop is free for educators and includes: Breakfast, Coffee, and Lunch English and Spanish Language Resources for Educators A Certificate of Attendance About Centropa:  Centropa is a non-profit, Jewish historical institute dedicated to preserving 20th century Jewish family stories and photos from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and disseminating these stories and photos through films, books, and exhibitions.  Centropa offices are in Budapest, Hamburg, Austria, Vienna and Washington, DC. About Lauren Granite, Workshop Facilitator:  Dr. Lauren Granite, US Education Director for Centropa—a historical institute based in Vienna—has a Ph.D. from Drew University, and master’s degree from the University of Chicago. Before joining Centropa in 2010, she spent more than a dozen years teaching Jewish history to adults, college students, and teens.  She builds Centropa’s network of Jewish, public, parochial and charter schools in North America, and designs workshops, seminars, webinars, and Centropa’s annual Summer Academy, where 70 educators from 15 countries come together to study history in the great cities of Central Europe. Dr. Granite also mentors teachers, designs online and in-person activities, and establishes teacher advisory teams for Centropa programs. Her latest project is creating a network of museum educators in the US and Europe to discover ways that Centropa can support their work with museum visitors, particularly visiting school classes. A limited number of scholarships are available for teachers 120+ miles from Richmond. Scholarships are to help cover travel, housing, and meals. Please contact Megan Ferenczy mferenczy@vaholocaust.org for more information about travel scholarships or for workshop questions.   To Register Click HERE! Deadline for Registration is March 1, 2024.    

Antisemitism: Understanding and Countering this Hatred Today

Virginia Holocaust Museum (VHM) 2000 East Cary Street, Richmond

Please join Echoes & Reflections and the Virginia Holocaust Museum for a free professional development workshop on March 20, 2024. PROGRAM GOALS:  Define contemporary manifestations of antisemitism, both different and the same as traditional forms of antisemitism present before and during the Holocaust; Discover and utilize classroom lessons and resources to help students explore the persistence and impact of antisemitism worldwide; Explore ways to support students’ ability to recognize and actively to respond and prevent antisemitism and other forms of prejudice; and Build confidence and capacity to teach this subject.  I am impressed. I feel this gives me what I need to address this tough topic with my students. Thank you. —Middle School Social Studies Teacher WHY ATTEND THIS PROGRAM? How do we help students understand that antisemitism did not begin nor end with the Holocaust? What do students need to know in order to recognize antisemitism today and to stand up to antisemitism and other forms of hate? This learning opportunity explores classroom materials to support effective teaching of contemporary antisemitism, its global reach, and its expression in the form of hate speech, violence, denial, and distortion of the Holocaust. FREE FOR EDUCATORS & INCLUDES: Breakfast, Coffee, and Lunch Echoes and Reflections Resources A Certificate of Attendance WHAT IS ECHOES & REFLECTIONS? Echoes & Reflections is the premier source for Holocaust educational materials and dynamic content, empowering teachers and students with the insight needed to question the past and foresight to impact the future. We partner with educators to support them, foster confidence, and amplify their skills and resources to teach about the Holocaust in a comprehensive and meaningful way. REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  March 13, 2024 Click HERE to register!

FREE WORKSHOP: The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Teaching About Women Who Changed the Course of WWII

National D-Day Memorial 3 Overload Circle, Bedford, VA

The National D-Day Memorial and the Virginia Holocaust Museum present “The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Teaching About Women Who Changed the Course of WWII.” Join us as author Major General Mari K. Eder shares the courageous and overlooked stories of women from World War II that she highlights in her book. You will also hear the untold stories of Virginia women from Virginia World War II Heritage Alliance member archives. Learn the history, best practices, and resources to use in the classroom. This workshop is in partnership with the MacArthur Memorial and the Military Aviation Museum. This workshop is free for educators and includes: Breakfast, coffee, and lunch Copy of The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of Women Who Changed the Course of World War II. Certificate of Attendance Registration deadline is March 31, 2024. Space is limited. Please register by clicking here:  https://www.dday.org/events/the-girls-who-stepped-out-of-line-teaching-about-women-who-changed-the-course-of-wwii/  Registration deadline is March 31, 2024.

Yom HaShoah 2024

Virginia Holocaust Museum (VHM) 2000 East Cary Street, Richmond

Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorates the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust and honors the lives of those who survived. We invite you to join us as we reflect upon the tragedy of the Holocaust, remember those who perished, and honor our Virginia area survivors during this meaningful and inspirational service. The commemoration is FREE to attend, but registration is suggested. Click HERE to Register!   Keynote Speaker Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat has served in senior leadership positions in three U.S. administrations, including as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor in the Carter Administration, and Under Secretary of State, as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union in the Clinton Administration. He has played a leadership role in the Jewish Community, most recently as the co-chairman of the Jewish People Policy Institute in Jerusalem. He successfully negotiated major agreements totalling $8 billion with Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, France and other European countries on behalf of victims of the Holocaust and Nazi regime during World War II. His book on those events, Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor and the Unfinished Business of World War II, was translated into four languages. He has received seven honorary doctorate degrees and more than 100 awards from organizations and from the United States, French, German, Austrian, Belgium, and Israeli governments. He is the author of the recently published book President Carter: The White House Years. His other previous book is The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Isreal and Its Relationship with the United States. Ambassador Eizenstat currently serves as the Board Chair of The Defiant Requiem Foundation and is the Council Chair at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is a partner in the Washinton, DC law firm of Covington & Burling. Click HERE to Register!