Levis JCC’s Sandler Center presents Exhibition and Programming

November 3 – December 22

BOCA RATON, Fla. (September 25, 2019) – The Adolph & Rose Levis JCC’s Sandler Center is proud to present Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust from November 3 – December 22.  The Fall Exhibition featured in the Judi & Allan Schuman Museum Gallery and the thought-provoking line-up of events are part of the Sandler Center’s comprehensive and stimulating 2019-2020 Arts, Culture and Learning season.

Originally debuting at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, photographer Gay Block, and writer Malka Drucker spent three years photographing and interviewing over 100 people who hid, protected and saved Jews in Europe during World War II. Decades later, the world is ready to look through the tragedy of those years to see some light. Rescuers cannot easily explain why they had the strength to act righteously, nor do their life stories always offer a clue. History gives no promises, but rescuers offer hope, revealing that goodness is, indeed, part of the human spirit.

An opening reception and presentation by Photographer Gay Block will take place on Sunday, November 3 from 2 – 4 pm in which she will share the details of this historical project and the inspirational stories of kindness, compassion, and heroism.  This reception is free and open to the public.  Local schools and universities are also encouraged to schedule tours of the exhibit. 

In addition to the exhibition, guests will be offered the opportunity to participate in an interactive installation titled “Notes on Kindness, Compassion & Heroism,” in which they can contribute personal stories of inspiration in written form to be added to the display.

“We first hosted the Rescuers exhibition in November of 1996, and I am thrilled to be bringing it back to the Museum Gallery, as it is even more relevant in these unsettling times,” said Terri Berns, Director of the Judi & Allan Schuman Museum Gallery. “By immersing oneself in these intimate photographs and inspirational stories, I hope it will inspire others to explore the universal need for humanity and heroism in their own lives.”

Lectures and Events will run from October 29 – December 17 and will include renowned guest speakers, authors, scholars, and a Holocaust survivor.  Individual Lectures are $18 unless otherwise noted.

Events At-A-Glance:

Henia Lewin: A Hidden Child Survivor’s Story

Tuesday, October 29, 2:30 pm

Henia Lewin is a child survivor of the Holocaust
who tells the inspirational story of how her parents smuggled her out of the Kovno Ghetto in Lithuania when she was small enough to fit in a suitcase. She survived, living with a righteous Lithuanian family until she could be reunited with her own family. Lewin has received a Covenant Award as an Outstanding Jewish Educator in North America and travels the world telling her story of love, faith, and moral courage.

Into the Arms of Strangers; Stories of the Kindertransport, 2000, UK/USA, 117 min Friday, November 8, 1:00 pm

Suggested Donation: $10

The Oscar-winning documentary tells the story of an “underground railroad” that saved the lives of more than 10,000 Jewish children at the dawn of World War II. Judi Dench narrates. 

Profiles in Moral Courage During the Holocaust: Sugihara, Mendes, and Senesh with Rabbi Leon Weissberg, Ed.D

Thursday, November 14, 7:30 pm

The stories of these three righteous heroes from Japan, Portugal, and Hungary, who, when confronted with evil, obeyed the kindness of their hearts and conscience and defied all laws, risking their careers, livelihood, and future with ultimate acts of self- sacrifice and courage.

A Righteous Nation: Albania’s Rescue of the Jews During the Holocaust with Irving Berkowitz, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs for Palm Beach State College

Thursday, November 21, 7:30 pm

After Hitler’s rise to power, many Jews
found refuge in Albania. The Albanians
not only refused to turn over lists of Jews 
but “competed” with one another for the privilege of saving Jews and as a result, almost all Jews living in Albania during the occupation were saved.

Life In A Jar: How Irena Sendler Saved the Children of the Warsaw Ghettowith Ralph Nurnberger, PhD

Tuesday, December 10, 7:30 pm

General Admission: $25

The captivating story of righteous gentile Irena Sendler, a social worker, who saved children’s lives
by convincing their parents to give them up and then adopting them into Polish families or hiding them
in convents and orphanages. She made lists of the children’s real names and put the lists in jars, then buried the jars in a garden, so that they could one day be dug up and the children told of their true identities.

The Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe with Rebecca Erbelding

Tuesday, December 17, 2:30 pm

America has long been criticized for refusing to give harbor to the Jews during World War II. Rescue Board tells the extraordinary unknown story of the War Refugee Board, FDR’s unpublicized effort late in the war to save the remaining Jews.

For more information or tickets, call the Sandler Center at 561-558-2520 or visit levisjcc.org/boxoffice.

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center
The Levis JCC’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center, which highlights renowned talent from artists and actors to authors and so much more, gives adults of all ages and faiths an opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests in continuing education, travel and social events. Learn more at levisjcc.org/culture.  The Levis JCC Sandler Center is located at 21050 95th Avenue S., Boca Raton.

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