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USC Shoah Foundation distances itself from pro-Palestinian valedictorian whose speech was canceled – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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(JTA) A Holocaust research center founded by Steven Spielberg has gotten embroiled in a drama over campus Israel speech that is dividing the University of Southern California, where it is housed.

The USC Shoah Foundation is downplaying its role in the schools academics after the universitys valedictorian, a pro-Palestinian student who earned a minor in resistance to genocide, touted her ties to the center.

After USC announced last week that Asna Tabassum would be the valedictorian, pro-Israel groups mounted a campaign against her, citing content on her Instagram page harshly criticizing Israel and Zionism. On Monday, USCs provost barred Tabassum from delivering a commencement address, a move the campus head of security said was related to specific threats that people would attempt to disrupt the event if she spoke.

In a statement decrying the decision, Tabassum, who majored in biomedical engineering, highlighted one specific aspect of her academic career.

I am a student of history who chose to minor in resistance to genocide, anchored by the Shoah Foundation, and have learned that ordinary people are capable of unspeakable acts of violence when they are taught hate fueled by fear, she wrote. And due to widespread fear, I was hoping to use my commencement speech to inspire my classmates with a message of hope. By canceling my speech, USC is only caving to fear and rewarding hatred.

The foundation says that it wasnt involved in her minor.

Despite suggestions to the contrary, our Institute is not an academic unit within the university and we do not play a formal role in the degree path of any student, a representative for the USC Shoah Foundation told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in a statement Tuesday. Recent claims of association with the USC Shoah Foundation are inaccurate and have led to confusion about our role, values, and mission.

The uproar at USC is the latest in a series of lightning-rod campus controversies related to the Israel-Hamas war that broke out Oct. 7. North Americas biggest and most prominent universities have struggled to respond to inflamed tensions between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students and faculty. Critics have claimed that campus administrations have frequently buckled to pressure to silence speech on the topic. The president of Columbia University, whose responses to pro-Palestinian protests have frequently made headlines, will testify before Congress on Wednesday.

Now, with graduation season nearing and student honors events already serving as venues for disruptive pro-Palestinian protests, commencements are promising to be one final frontier for Israel debates as this contentious school year draws to a close.

USC seemingly hoped to blunt this confrontation when announcing it would not allow Tabassum to speak during the May 10 ceremony, owing to what its provost said were safety concerns. The unprecedented move came after Jewish pro-Israel groups on campus and beyond, including the campus Chabad, the USC student club Trojans for Israel and national pro-Israel activist groups, including the tens of thousands of members of the Mothers Against College Antisemitism Facebook group, put pressure on the school to disinvite Tabassum.

Some cited links to posts Tabassum shared but did not compose on her Instagram profile that called Zionism a racist settler-colonial ideology, advocated for a single, binational Israeli-Palestinian state and said that antisemitism is weaponized against Palestinians and allies by Zionists as a way to shut down criticism of Israel.

Responding to the posts, We Are Tov, an activist group that promotes Zionist social media content for college students, declared on Instagram that Tabassum promotes antisemitic views and mused, What will she say at the podium?

Some of these groups celebrated USCs decision to cancel Tabassums speech. Jew-hatred has consequences, End Jew Hatred, a pro-Israel activist group, declared. The students speech, the group claimed without evidence, was anticipated to be harmful to Jewish students and even potentially agitate anti-Jewish activists.

Trojans for Israel had petitioned for USC to reconsider their selection of valedictorian, claiming the student openly traffics in antisemitic and anti-Zionist rhetoric that would turn commencement into an unwelcoming and intolerant environment for Jewish graduates and their families.

But there was also a fierce, growing national backlash to the decision, which according to its critics amounted to silencing of pro-Palestinian speech and Muslim voices (Tabassum is a South Asian Muslim). The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group, called USCs move cowardly; Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar called it shameful; and Pulitzer Prize- and MacArthur-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, who is on the faculty at USC, also eviscerated the decision.

I am disgusted and angered by this failure of courage and commitment on the part of the administration, Nguyen, whose own Israel speech-related controversy led to tumult last fall at the historically Jewish cultural center 92NY, wrote on Facebook. Citing the pro-Israel groups that had targeted Tabassum, Nguyen added, I have a hard time believing that if a Jewish student was receiving similar threats, that the university would back down.

He concluded by questioning why any USC faculty would attend the commencement.

The USC Shoah Foundation did not directly weigh in on the controversy in its statement, which also didnt name Tabassum directly. But it used the opportunity to decry any attempt to use the Holocaust to dehumanize Jews and Israelis.

Steven Spielberg speaks at a ceremony at the University of Southern California, March 25, 2024, in Los Angeles. (USC/Sean Dube)

When used responsibly, survivor testimony can be a cornerstone of civil dialogue, learning, and understanding, the statement said. We have a sacred obligation to safeguard the memory and importance of the Holocaust. We must ensure this history is not distorted or used to dehumanize anyone, including the Jewish people and those living in the state of Israel. This requires we continue to foster and sustain informed discussion on this history, today and in the future.

A review of the requirements for the resistance to genocide minor on USCs website shows that it would be possible though difficult to obtain the minor without taking any courses focused at least in part on the Holocaust. The Shoah Foundation says its participation is largely limited to providing survivor testimonies, the core of its activities.

Spielberg initiated the Shoah Foundation in 1994 in connection with his Oscar-winning Schindlers List Holocaust drama, and USC absorbed it in 2006. During a speech at USC last month, Spielberg decried the machinery of extremism on college campuses.

For campus administrators, the pushback against Tabassums selection from among more than 200 students with nearly perfect GPAs represented a striking form of activism.

No one could ever remember these kinds of grievances coming to us, Errol Southers, the schools senior vice president who oversees security, told the New York Times about Tabassums critics. They had identified our valedictorian. They were significant in terms of the specificity of the person, the event, meaning our commencement, and their intent to disrupt our commencement.

In a statement to the campus community announcing the move, USC provost Andrew Guzman said that discussion about the valedictorian has taken on an alarming tenor, and that tradition must give way to safety. He added, This decision has nothing to do with freedom of speech. There is no free-speech entitlement to speak at a commencement.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Guzman also denied that the universitys decision was based on Tabassums speech or social media presence.

The comments angered Rabbi Dov Wagner, who runs USCs Chabad. He wrote on Instagram that the schools citing of unspecified security concerns, instead of explicitly denouncing Tabassums social media activity, was a problem.

This statement conveys the idea that the university supports the hate speech, and in fact creates the impression that it is our community that poses a security threat, rather than the ones being maligned, Wagner wrote.

He added, USCs Jewish students are now being portrayed as threatening the safety of the valedictorian, and as silencing Muslim voices when nothing could be farther from the truth.

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USC Shoah Foundations Dr. Robert J. Williams Stresses Why Challenging Extremism Matters Now More Than Ever – imdb

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The Variety Summit on Antisemitism comes at a time when the worlds oldest hatred is having a clear resurgence. Jews across the world and here in Los Angeles have been targeted by hateful words, threats and guns. Show business has long been a target of antisemitism, and once again, we find ourselves at the vanguard, looking to push back at the tropes, conspiracy theories and other hateful stories online.

As a historian, its important to look back at where these hatreds come from, what they mean, and why we must stop them.

About 100 years ago, H.G. Wells warned that humanity is in a race between education and catastrophe. He wrote these words in the shadow of World War I, a tragedy he believed was the result of our failure to respect one another and our tendency to ignore every country but our own.

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Nuit Blanche 2024: enjoy performances and videos at the Shoah Memorial – Sortiraparis

Posted By on April 20, 2024

The Shoah Memorial is taking part in the 22nd edition of Nuit Blanche this Saturday, June 1, 2024. On the program for this very special evening, free performances and discoveries...

This 22nd edition of Nuit Blanche is set to be another fantastic one... If you're not already familiar with this much-loved Parisian art event, let us introduce it to you. Nuit Blanche is a celebration of the contemporary arts: for an entire night, hundreds of artistic events are organized throughout the capital and surrounding towns. Performances, exhibitions, happenings, concerts, entertainment: these free events celebrate contemporary creation.

To mark the occasion, several Paris museums are also opening their doors to us all night long, free of charge. The Shoah Memorial, for example, will be open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. to present its collections and cultural news.

The Memorial was inaugurated in 2005 in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The mission of this cultural institution is to raise public awareness of the Holocaust (or Shoah), the tragic period in French history during the Second World War.

Most people know this museum and place of remembrance for the"Wall of Names", where the names of all known victims of the Holocaust are listed. The institution regularly organizes exhibitions and meetings to perpetuate the duty of remembrance of this genocide, which hit the French particularly hard.

For this Nuit Blanche, the Memorial continues its mission, while introducing us to some fascinating contemporary artists. Here's the program for the evening.

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Herzog gives Talmud volume that survived the Holocaust to Yad Vashem –

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A rare volume of the Talmud printed before World War II and found unscathed in a historic Munich beer hall after the Holocaust was given to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum on Wednesday by the family of President Isaac Herzog.

The Pesachim Tractate of the Babylonian Talmud has been in the familys possession for the last eight decades; it will be permanently displayed at the museum in Jerusalem.

The book was discovered amid many other religious artifacts in the Brgerbrukeller beer hall in Munich in 1945 and was entrusted to Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog (1888-1959), grandfather of the current president of Israel. The rabbi was the chief Ashkenazic rabbi of Eretz Israel and a prominent religious leader during the pre-state period.

The Brgerbrukeller was where Adolf Hitler launched the Beer Hall Putsch in November 1923,and where he announced the re-establishment of the Nazi Party in February 1925. In 1939, the beer hall was the scene of an attempted assassination of Hitler and other Nazi leaders byGeorg Elser.

The tractate discusses topics related toPassover and thePassover sacrifice.

It was passed from Rabbi Herzog to his son, the sixth president of Israel, Chaim Herzog (1918-1997), and his wife, Aura (1924-2022).The family subsequently decided that Yad Vashem was the proper place for the books safekeeping.

The tractates journey embodies, in many ways, the story of a family, my family, but above all, it tells the story of a nation and the story of a people, Herzog said at Yad Vashem on Wednesday. A people who rose from ashes and built a home. Not just any home, but one with strong roots that run deeper than any disaster, and whose branches, though well-known, continue to grow, bear fruit and climb ever higher.

This is a story of destruction and rebirth; of mourning and rebuilding; of darkness and light; of redemption and freedom, he added.

Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan said, By including this rare artifact in the Holocaust History Museum we can illuminate the vibrant tapestry of Jewish life in pre-Holocaust Europe and the subsequent horrors.

Its unveiling, just before Jews around the world gather at their Seder tables to recount the Exodus from Egypt and our emergence as a nation, is especially poignant. As we fulfill the timeless commandment to remember the past, we affirm the enduring perseverance of the Jewish people throughout the ages, Dayan said.

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Mary Jane Rein leaves Clark University Holocaust center – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on April 20, 2024

(JTA) - As Mary Jane Rein prepared to publicly exit her role as executive director of Clark Universitys Holocaust center, she attended a local fundraiser for Catholic schools.

After 20 years, she was leaving her job at Clark on bad terms. A member of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Ph.D. program had heckled her at a public event while she prepared to introduce an Israeli military reservist. The university, in her view, had failed to support her, she wrote in a Wall Street Journal essay recounting the episode.

Now, Rein was about to assume a new role overseeing a center for civic dialogue at Assumption University. The Catholic gala was her first public outing in that job.

Clark is a private nonsectarian school with a reputation for producing Holocaust scholarship; Assumption, where Rein had previously directed the fundraising program, is Roman Catholic. But though Rein is very involved in her Worcester, Massachusetts Jewish community, she felt a sense of belonging at the Catholic gala event. The gala that night honored a Jewish person, and a cardinal joined via video chat to discuss tikkun olam, the Jewish concept of repairing the world.

I felt, this is just a message from God telling me Ive made the right decision, Rein told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency this week.

Reins career change reflects two trends: the inhospitality some Jewish employees, students and faculty feel on secular campuses around Israel, and the efforts Christian colleges are putting in to woo Jews looking for a safe space from rising campus antisemitism - something that began prior to October 7 but has taken on new energy. Christian schools made up the lions share of a coalition last year that signed an open letter declaring We stand with Israel against Hamas and the fight against Hamas is a fight against evil. Some have also offered expedited transfers for Jewish students, even at schools like Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, which has almost no Jewish life to speak of.

Assumption is a particularly distinctive case. Greg Weiner, the schools president since 2022, is Jewish and believes he is the first-ever Jewish head of a Catholic college in the United States. Weiner has also used the Wall Street Journal to promote Assumption - and Catholic institutions more broadly - as a haven for Jews since October 7. He claims that Christian schools, despite a history of largely inhospitable or proselytizing attitudes toward Jews, today give all students a better foundation for understanding how to civilly disagree than the Ivy League does.

I find that the intellectual traditions of Judaism and Catholicism, and I would say some of the ritual traditions as well, have a great deal in common, Weiner told JTA. The two faiths, he said, both engage in the pursuit of truth, and Weiner says that Assumption takes the intellectual tradition of Judaism seriously.

Rein, whose role at Clark focused on fundraising and was not a faculty position, characterized the experience that drove her to resign primarily as a case of incivility, saying she would leave it to others to determine whether it was also antisemitic. As she was looking for her next professional home, Weiner was searching for ways to encourage students to adopt more civil means of communication and disagreement. He and Rein know each other socially, and Weiner brought Rein back to Assumption.

I cant invest my time and efforts to advance an institution that lacks the strength of character to protect diverse points of view, Rein wrote in her Journal essay, which was titled, Why Im Leaving Clark University. She added, I am ready to sign on to a different cause, one rooted in respect, honest inquiry and the free exchange of ideas in the context of civic friendship.

The event that drove her away from Clark last month didnt take place at the school, but at nearby Worcester State University, where Rein was preparing to introduce the IDF reservist as part of her work with the local Jewish federation. Unprompted by her, she said, the federations director identified Rein by her title at Clark when bringing her onstage. This prompted pro-Palestinian protesters in the audience, one of whom was a Ph.D. student in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark, to loudly denounce Rein and yell that she doesnt represent the university. During the talk there were more disruptions, including the pulling of a fire alarm; Rein says some students confronted her afterwards and pressured her to resign.

When she brought up the incident to someone she called a senior administrator at Clark, she wrote, the response was that she should refrain from using her university title at events not sponsored by the university. Rein was insulted.

I suspected I was being asked to censor myself on the basis of my Jewish identity and support for Israel, as I inferred there would be professional consequences if I presented that disfavored view, she wrote in the essay. She continued, I can no longer function effectively at an academic institution that thinks shouting a speaker down is tolerable but introducing a speaker with whose views people disagree isnt.

Reins view that Clark fosters an uncivil environment was not shared by the schools president, nor by the faculty at its Holocaust and Genocide Studies center, known as the Strassler Center (its namesake, David Strassler, is a former national chair of the Anti-Defamation League and sits on the universitys board of trustees).

They didnt dispute that Reins Worcester State event was disrupted by some of the Strassler Centers Ph.D. students. But, they told JTA, they still believed Clark was fostering an appropriate civil and respectful dialogue around Israel.

Dr. Rein is entitled to her view of decisively endorsing Israeli politics in Gaza or elsewhere, but in the same way students of genocide and the Holocaust are entitled to reject it equally radically, Thomas Kuehne, director of the center and an endowed chair in Holocaust studies, wrote in an email.

Kuehne continued, Both views are widespread among Holocaust and genocide scholars these days. That the exchange of arguments on highly sensitive issues sometimes gets overheated or even results in personal invectives is unfortunate but not the end of a debate, or it should not be. Scholars are used to it and know how to handle it.

Like Rein, Kuehne has been at Clark for 20 years; he claimed he has never experienced any clash of the type as it happened at Worcester State. He added that Reins departure fills me with utmost sadness and that she has been a wonderful colleague.

Frances Tanzer, another professor at the center, said that the Clark community was already engaged in a dialogue around October 7 and antisemitism. She further characterized Reins event as a political event - rather than a scholarly event - at a neighboring university, where some students used their growing body of knowledge about violence and discrimination to intervene. She added, The bottom line is that scholars in training should not be disparaged in a national forum, referring to the Journal article.

In a campus-wide email Tuesday, the schools president, David Fithian, also disputed some of Reins claims while condemning any disruption of the event by Clark students.

Ms. Rein was not discouraged from engaging in issues or expressing her views freely, Fithian wrote in the email, which the school shared with JTA. The guidance she received was meant not to limit speech but to clarify, going forward, if she was speaking in her capacity as executive director of the Strassler Center. This is important because it helps to avoid confusion over whether an administrator is representing the University in their official role.

He added that any administrator would have received similar guidance - responding to a question Rein raised in her essay.

A spokesperson for the university further disputed Reins characterization of the campus environment, telling JTA that all campus events related to the Middle East have been conducted civilly.

The interactions at these events have been respectful and without the rancor Ms. Rein experienced elsewhere, the school noted in a statement. No speaker at Clark University has been shouted down or otherwise prevented from speaking. We have every reason to expect this will continue.

Both Rein and Weiner said Assumptions new initiative would try to provide a model for countering disruptive behavior, including but not limited to Israel. The Center for Civic Dialogue, the new project Rein is heading, is about the concept of civic friendship itself, Weiner said.

While the school is light on details of what this will look like, Rein said it could involve her working directly with students to encourage and foster conversations about tough subjects. She pointed out that, at Clark, she and other campus Jews - including the Hillel director and a Jewish studies professor - recently sat politely to hear a talk from a university alum who was a TikTok content creator in Gaza, even though Rein said the speaker said some things I disagreed with vehemently.

She and Weiner hope to encourage a similar level of politesse among Assumption students, rather than what they now describe as the norm on college campuses: people shouting down those with whom they disagree, like the students did at her event.

All of our students take two classes in philosophy, and Socrates famously says hes the wisest man in Athens and the only reason is that he knows what he doesnt know, Weiner said.

Both of them believe a Christian university is an ideal place for dialogue like this. Rein spoke admiringly of attending an Assumption student government meeting - a venue that, at other schools, has become central to Israel-related protests - and being impressed by their openness, by their expressions of genuine welcome.

I almost felt like I went back in a time machine, she said. They didnt have their cell phones in their hands. They were looking at us directly, with smiles on their faces.

This new model could mean that Rein, whose new Assumption staff biography touts her work with Israel Bonds, may have to hold dialogue with students who strongly disagree with her, or with Israel more generally. Im prepared for that, she said.

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CAIR-MN for Restoration of Muslim Activist’s Position on DOE Holocaust and Genocide Working Group – – Council on American-Islamic Relations

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The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), the nations largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for the restoration of a Muslim activists position on the state Department of Educations Holocaust and Genocide working group.

On March 28, Muslim activist Asma Nizami was reportedly accepted to the Education on the Holocaust, Genocide of Indigenous Peoples and Other Genocides Working Group of the Minnesota Department of Education. On April 15, two weeks after her acceptance, she was reportedly informed that she had been dropped from the working group. Nizami was the only Muslim on the group and had received hateful messages on social media due to her pro-Palestinian activism. The Department of Education said her acceptance was a clerical error.

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The circumstances under which Ms. Nizami was dropped from this working group are suspicious to say the least, especially considering her Muslim identity and her vocal opposition to the genocide in Gaza, saidCAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. We urge the Minnesota Department of Education to restore her position and conduct a swift, transparent investigation into why she was removed in the first place.

He noted that a number of supporters of Palestinian human rights nationwide have been targeted by advocates of the Israeli genocide in Gaza when they were placed in a position to speak out against Israels human rights abuses.

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Holocaust Survivor on ‘Frightening’ Anti-Semitism of Today – International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

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Stand for Israel | April 19, 2024

Even as the Jewish state faces threats on all sides, Jewish people around the world are also facing anti-Semitism unlike anything theyve faced in decades. Writing at CNN, a Jewish survivor of the Dachau concentration campher family was rescued by Righteous Gentilestells of the frightening anti-Semitism she herself has faced, in America, in recent days:

Over the 65 years that I have called this beautiful area home, I have occasionally encountered antisemitism, but these one-off incidents never succeeded in destroying my spirit. When I was four years old, Nazis burst into my bedroom and sent me and my family toDachau, the first Nazi concentration camp. We were soon released and I was smuggled out of Germany by a Christian woman.After this harrowing experience, not much in the Bay Area could scare me.

But since theOctober 7 Hamas attackon Israel, the hatred towards Jews that I have seen in Berkeley terrifies me more than anything I haveexperiencedwhile living here. I am still reeling from being called a liar at aBerkeley City Council meeting,where I asked for a proclamation to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day and spoke about October 7. TheJews at that meetingwere circled and called Zionist pigs by menacing protesters.

We are approaching the holiday of Passover, which commemorates the freedom of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and our formation as a free Jewish people in our own land. But this Passover is like no other in recent history, withscores of hostagesstill held in Gaza and Jews worldwidefearfulfor our future including Jews in the US. We are facing theworst global antisemitismsince the Holocaust and while it is not state-sanctioned as Nazism was, it is a threat going unchecked

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‘The Last Yiddish Tango’ blends music with testimonies of Holocaust survivors –

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Pittsburghers soon will get to experience an award-winning cross-pollination of Yiddish music with testimonies from women who survived the Holocaust.

To mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Rodef Shalom Congregation will host on May 5 the Pittsburgh premiere of Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango, whose music in 2023 hit No. 1 the first Yiddish-language album ever to do that on World Music Charts Europe.

The testimonies come from a poetry project launched at a Jewish retirement home and deal with themes of long-term trauma, sexual violence and more, said Dan Rosenberg, the former Pittsburgh-based journalist and producer bringing the show to his old hometown.

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The show is composed by Rebekah Wolkstein and performed by the musical group Payadora Tango. In addition to the poetry, it includes several works based on Holocaust survivor Molly Applebaums memoir, Buried Words, Rosenberg said. During part of World War II, Applebaum, now 93 and living in Toronto, was buried in a box underground at a farm outside Krakow, and forced to live among filth, insects and darkness.

Its been quite an experience sharing her story, Rosenberg said. Every single person, this is a light that was lost and a life that was shattered.

The producer said the shows inspiring songs about survival and mournful laments convey an intense emotional depth.

Rosenberg who helped stage concerts for the Grammy-nominated 2016 project Yiddish Glory: Lost Songs of World War II moved to Pittsburgh at age 11 in 1978 and became a bar mitzvah two years later at Congregation Poale Zedeck.

(He also arrived in what he called a sports paradise, catching the Pittsburgh Pirates play in a 1979 World Series game at Three Rivers Stadium. Tickets cost $10 apiece.)

Rosenberg said he later attended college at the University of Michigan and then relocated to Canada.

Silent Tears has taken Rosenberg, as a producer, around the world. Its been staged, among other places, in Australia, Brazil and throughout Europe. And he plans to take the show to Asia.

Weve had an amazing experience presenting this, Rosenberg said. And weve been lucky enough to present it all over.

Rodef Shalom Cantor Toby Glaser, an Australian who moved to Pittsburgh in July, said the first musical performance staged during his tenure at the Fifth Avenue synagogue is central to his work there.

On a professional level, its important to uplift voices of the Shoah we havent heard before, Glaser said. Its heavy material but I think theres something powerful about holding things in a new light.

The show has drawn critical praise.

Earlier this year, the Canadian Folk Music Awards honored Rosenberg and co-producer Drew Jurecka as producers of the year.

Its been quite remarkable to see both their stories being told and the musicians being honored for their word, he said. Hopefully, we can learn from these stories about the horrific consequences of bigotry and antisemitism.

The show will be presented by Rodef Shalom in partnership with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and Classrooms Without Borders.

Reservations are required. The show is free for Rodef Shalom and Temple Sinai members. Tickets for the public cost $18. PJC

Justin Vellucci is a freelance writer living in Pittsburgh.

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Planned Murrieta Holocaust Memorial HRFV honored by Riverside Board of Supervisors – Valley News

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors presented Holocaust Remembrance Foundation of the Valley President Randy Denham with a proclamation honoring Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Memorial Day on April 2 in Riverside.Denham was joined by HRFV board members Jan Flournoy, Dick Hershman and Irv Michlin as 2nd District Supervisor Karen Spiegel made the presentation.The proclamation recognizes the Holocaust Remembrance Foundation of the Valley for their work in designing and developing the Holocaust Educational Memorial, which will soon be built in Town Square Park in Murrieta.Denham thanked the board for the proclamation and said the nation should not only remember the victims of the Nazi Holocaust in WWII, but those victims and survivors of the October 7, 2001 New York Twin Towers and

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