Thursday, March 4, 2021

RVCC Institute of Holocaust & Genocide Studies NEW Online Winter/Spring 2021 Programs 

Online Winter/Spring 2021 Programs

We are pleased to announce that we have additional programs scheduled for the Spring, please see the list below.

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 1-2:20 pm

Women's History Month Poetry Reading Virtual Coffee House

Join us for an online “Women's History Month Poetry Reading Virtual Coffee House" The event will offer participants an opportunity to read and hear poetry that reflects on women’s rights and perspectives through the ages. Selected poetry can be an original piece or something that is moving and inspiring to you. The event will be held online via Zoom.

To register, please email:

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 4-6 pm

Teacher Seminar with Artist & Educator Evelyn Rauch

The “Light from the Yellow Star” Workshop was developed by Nancy Gorrell and Evelyn Rauch as part of the outreach program of the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater. The workshop was designed to teach middle and high school students about the Holocaust using imagery and text to evoke a personal response to the lessons of the Holocaust. Evelyn Rauch will instruct the teachers step by step on how to teach this workshop to their own students. Teachers will each create artwork and participate in a discussion about its meaning. A list of materials and information about downloading the book will be provided after registration. 

To register, please email:

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 1pm – 2pm

VIRTUAL TOUR: Museum of Jewish Heritage

Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust for a virtual tour of the groundbreaking exhibition Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away. Students and educators will study Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust using artifacts and personal stories to examine this period in history. Recommended for grades 6 and up.

Please note, when you fill out the form to register, in addition to your name & email address, you need to include the school name which is Raritan Valley Community College and the teacher's name is Michelle Edgar.

Registration link for the Virtual Tour of the Museum of Jewish Heritage:

Friday,  April 9, 2021, 10-11 am

Community Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration with The Defiant Requiem Foundation & Maestro Murry Sidlin

The Yom HaShoah commemoration will feature a viewing of the documentary film, Defiant Requiem, followed by a discussion with Maestro Murry Sidlin, the President and Creative Director of the Foundation. The 45-minute, feature-length documentary film tells the extraordinary, untold story of the brave acts of resistance by Jewish prisoners at Theresienstadt (TerezĂ­n) during World War II.

Yom HaShoah Registration Link:

Friday,  April 16, 2021, 3 pm

Resilience During Challenging Times Panel - One Year Later

Looking back one year later, we will gather online to hear from the speakers, Holocaust survivors, authors, and members of the second and third generations who provided hope and inspired resilience during our 2020 Resilience lecture series. Please join us as we reflect and connect with each other after an extremely challenging year.

To register, please email:

Monday, April 19, 2021, 7 pm

Confronting the Challenging Landscape of Holocaust Research in Poland

The Polish government's ongoing efforts towards revisionism of Holocaust memory, and the legal silencing of scholars, have propelled historians into the public light. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Monika Rice (Gratz College) and Dr. Joanna Sliwa (Claims Conference) for a virtual discussion on the charges facing historians of the Holocaust in Poland, the ramifications of these attacks on their own research, and public understanding of this history moving forward.

This program is being co-presented by the Holocaust Resource Center of Kean University and the Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College. Our co-sponsors include The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties, The JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center, & The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

Confronting the Challenging Landscape of Holocaust Research in Poland  Registration Link:


Here is a sneak peek at our Online Summer Book Series taking place on June 18th, July 16th, & August 20th.

All of our book discussions will start at 3 pm EST.

We are kicking off the Summer Book Series on June 18th, at 3 pm, with author, Jennifer Rosner. Ms. Rosner, A National Jewish Book Award Finalist, will discuss her novel, The Yellow Bird Sings. Other books TBA.

Look for more updates from the Institute with further details about our series.

Registration is required for all of the Holocaust Institute’s winter/spring programs, which are being offered free of charge. The programs will be held at Eastern Standard Time.

For additional information about programs sponsored by the Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College, email Program Specialist Michelle Edgar at

The programs are being co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties, The JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center, & The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.