Monday, January 3, 2022

Registration is now open for VCC'S ONLINE Winter/Spring 2022 Programs!

 The Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College presents

Online Winter/Spring 2022 Programs

Now through February 4th, 2022! VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON EXHIBIT

“And in 1948 I Came to Canada”—The Holocaust in Six Dates

This exhibit from the Montreal Holocaust Museum is available for in-person and virtual tours. Please see our website for more details.

Contact Michelle Edgar, Program Specialist, to schedule a visit:


Thursday, January 27th, 1 pm - 2 pm EST, Online

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration. Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors

A new photography exhibition at Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London will bring together over 50 contemporary portraits of Holocaust survivors and their families, shining a light on the full lives they have lived and our collective responsibility to cherish their stories. In partnership with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors showcases new works from 14 contemporary photographers, alongside photography by RPS patron, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge. Displayed for the very first time, these powerful photographs capture the special connections between Holocaust survivors and the younger generations of their families. The majority of the photographs in Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors were captured in Spring 2021, presenting a brand-new body of work from contemporary photographers. Join us for a live virtual tour from the IWM in London on the opening day of the exhibit on Holocaust Remembrance Day. This event is being co-sponsored by 3GNY Descendants of Holocaust Survivors, 3GNJ & 3GPhilly.

Please register here: 

Thursday, January 27th, 7 pm - 8 pm, Online

Community-Wide Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration. Honoring Our Survivors; Tova Friedman and Maud Dahme with The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties, Shimon and Sara Birnbaum-JCC, The JCC Holocaust Memorial, and Education Center, and JEWISH LIFE. Join us for this special Online event as we honor Tova Friedman and Maud Dahme for their dedication and tireless efforts to further Holocaust Education.
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Wednesday, February 9, 7 pm - 8 pm, Online

Dr. Elizabeth R. Baer author of The Genocidal Gaze from German Southwest Africa to the Third Reich.

In her book, Dr. Baer examines the threads of shared ideology in the Herero and Nama genocide and the Holocaust. Using concepts such as racial hierarchies, living space, and the final solution that were deployed by German authorities in 1904 and again in the 1930s and 1940s to justify genocide. The Genocidal Gaze is an original and challenging discussion of such contemporary issues as colonial practices, European and African race relations, definitions of genocide, and postcolonial theory. This event will be moderated by Dr. Jeff Benvenuto from Gratz College. The Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at RVCC is pleased to present this event along with The Mercer Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Education Center at Mercer County Community College.

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Friday, February 11, 10 am - 11 am, Online

Learning Through Experience Online: Letters from Anne and Martin. A live theater performance.

Letters from Anne and Martin is a unique production that combines the iconic voices of Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr., both of whom were born in 1929 yet seemingly represent drastically different times and cultures. Developed from excerpts from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” this piece evokes the important messages from these legendary figures, as they write of their hopes and plans for a peaceful and unified world. This Online Learning Through Experience Event is being held in partnership with The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

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Thursday, March 3rd at 4 - 5:30 pm, Online

Online Teacher Workshop: The Little Polish Boy with Nancy Gorrell

Can empathy be taught? The answer is most certainly, “yes.” This Online workshop will provide each teacher with a published, turn-key lesson plan by the presenter as well as related readings, online resources, and student poetry on the topic of the Holocaust and the teaching of empathy, prejudice reduction, and peace. Recommended for Middle and High School Teachers, Grades 7-12 Note: No prior experience with poetry is required. Nancy Gorrell, Holocaust educator, writer, poet and diversity coordinator for the Morris School District, taught English, creative writing and Holocaust education for 36 years at Morristown High School, Morristown, N.J. During those years, she was trained at Lincoln Center in aesthetic education and in Palo Alto, CA as a SEED coordinator (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) training with Peggy McIntosh. As SEED coordinator, she led district-wide faculty workshops for twelve years in the Morris School District. Presently, she serves as the director of the Survivor Registry and Holocaust education programming for the Holocaust Education Center of the SSBJCC of Bridgewater.

To register please email

Thursday, March 31st, 1 pm - 2 pm, Online

Second Annual Women’s History Month Online Poetry Reading Coffee House

Join us for an Online Women's History Month Poetry Reading Coffee House (BYOC—Bring your own coffee and poetry too!) This is an opportunity to read poetry that reflects on women's rights and perspectives through the ages. It can be an original piece or something that is moving and inspiring to you. This will be an online program on Zoom.

To register please email


Friday, April 1, 8, 15, 29 from 10 am - 11 am, Online

Genocide on Our Watch
Join us for a timely and informative Online series addressing current-day genocides during Genocide Awareness Month. This program is being facilitated by Dr. Ellen Kennedy, Executive Director of World Without Genocide. This series will focus on current-day genocides taking place. Students and community members will learn about the geography and events that unfolded to lead to the situations being confronted today. We will learn about current-day concerns in Burma on April 1, Tigray on April 8, China on April 15, and Darfur on April 29.

Please register here:

Sunday, April 10th, 2 pm – Save the Date!

Treasures of the Jewish Art Music: The St. Petersburg School and Beyond
Save the date for our Yom HaShoah Commemoration with the RVCC Music Department. This will be presented as a hybrid event both on stage and online. Join us in the discovery of “Jewish art music,” a movement that originated at the end of the nineteenth century in Russia and flourished through the twentieth. The highlight of this movement was the founding of the Society for Jewish Folk Music in 1908 by a group of students and graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Our recital will feature rarely performed works by composers of the early 20th century, most notably Joseph Achron, Alexander Krein, and Solomon Rosowsky. These composers established a unique genre that blended traditional Jewish folk and liturgical music with Western European and Russian Romantic styles.

More details to register will be available soon.

Tuesday, April 19th, 10 am 11 am, Online
Yom HaShoah Commemoration and Remembrance with Maud Dahme
This program is taking place online on the actual date of liberation for Maud Dahme, a Holocaust Survivor from The Netherlands. We will hear testimony from Maud and see a virtual tour of the Montreal Holocaust Museum exhibit. This exhibit from Canada is essential to Maud’s story of liberation as the Canadian troops went into the Netherlands to liberate this country. We will hear Maud’s remembrances of her liberation and joy upon seeing the Canadian troops on this significant day.

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If you have any questions about the Winter/Spring programs: Email Program Specialist Michelle Edgar at These programs are free, run on Eastern Standard Time, and require registration. Further details can be found on our website

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