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Teaneck High School has expanded its Holocaust resources, setting aside a Holocaust-focused collection and study area in its library.
This is in addition to the school’s Holocaust center, which is in a room off the cafeteria.
“We are the only place in the world that has a two-floor Holocaust center in a public school,” said Goldie Minkowitz, director of the center and a math teacher at the school.
The center traces its roots to 1975, when the Anti-Defamation League asked history teacher Ed Reynolds to help create New Jersey’s first Holocaust curriculum. The materials he accumulated became the core of the center’s collection.
On May 10, the Jewish Standard featured a story about Dr. David Kleid, who made aliyah to Israel from his home in Fair Lawn.
Kleid recently had leased an all-electric Renault Fluence through Better Place, the American-Israeli company that was using Israel as a testing ground for its electric car network. He reported that he loved the way it handles the hills between his home in Ma’aleh Adumim and his job in Jerusalem, with no gasoline.
Just 16 days later, after six years and more than $850 million in venture capital spent, Better Place declared bankruptcy. The company was turned over to a liquidator, and the future of its 38 battery-switching stations in Israel is uncertain.
Jack Schneider of Fort Lee, president of B’nai B’rith’s Fort Lee Palisades Lodge, recalls the days when the group was in its heyday, with some 120 members.
“I like to feel that we have been victims of our own success,” Schneider said, noting that the lodge has only five remaining members.
“We’re down to an aging few,” he said, pointing out that when the group started, about 25 years ago, members’ children and grandchildren couldn’t get into Harvard or attain high Wall Street positions.
Now they can — and they no longer have the time, or the inclination, to join their father’s organization.
Nevertheless, that club is still making a difference in the life of the community.
WASHINGTON — Samantha Power brings an activist impulse to foreign policy that many in the pro-Israel community wish was more prevalent among American diplomats.
But Power, a former White House National Security Council staffer President Obama recently nominated to represent the United States at the United Nations, also has directed her interventionist inclinations at Israel.
A former journalist and Harvard-educated lawyer known for her work on human rights and genocide, Power presents a rare and polarizing dilemma for the pro-Israel community: Embrace her proclivity for tough U.S. intervention and hope it never manifests in her dealings with Israel, or block her nomination.
No earth actually was broken last month at the groundbreaking of one of the nation’s newest Holocaust memorials.
Instead, the gatherers stood silently, symbolic shovels in hand, on the immaculate lawn where the privately funded $400,000 monument soon will rise. A succession of speakers delivered somber homilies remembering one of the darkest chapters in human history.
“It was an absolutely unbelievable world that I lived in,” survivor Fred Lorber was quoted as saying by local media. “It’s hard for me to describe, but whatever time I think about it, it’s there. It never left my memory.”
WASHINGTON — How do you confront hatred when it has no fixed address?
Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, attempts to pin down an answer to the question in his latest book, “Viral Hate.”
Co-written with privacy lawyer Christopher Wolf, the book chronicles the complications of countering hate on the Internet.
It’s up to us.
“Let’s take back responsibility for our culture — both online and off” is the book’s main conclusion. “Public involvement, concern, action, and, when necessary, outcry are key.”
Eighth-grader Benjamin Barth of Teaneck used to think that all Jews affected by the Holocaust were in either ghettos or concentration camps.
Now, as a result of his participation in the oral history film project “Names, Not Numbers,” he understands much more about the Shoah.
“It’s not just a single story of Jews in ghettos and concentration camps,” said Benjamin, who is a student at the Moriah School in Englewood. “There are other aspects, like people resisting all over Europe.”
That realization, and many others, came after an intensive three-month program of study, research, and hands-on video production.
Guided by a professional filmmaker — and following a curriculum designed by Jewish educator Tova Fish-Rosenberg for middle and high school students — Benjamin and 42 classmates interviewed eight Holocaust survivors, using questions they wrote themselves and employing their newly acquired skills in documentary filmmaking and editing.