Wednesday, December 14, 2022


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

January 2023 Programs

Free and Open to the Public – Registration is Open!

Online and In-Person


Witness to History, Keepers of Memory January 12th through May 10th, 2023!

This exhibit from the Montreal Holocaust Museum is available for in-person and virtual tours.

Through images and testimonies, the exhibition offers a sensitive and multi-faceted look at the extraordinary life trajectories of Holocaust Survivors living in Canada.

According to survivors, vestiges of life before the Holocaust are hard to find. The few carefully guarded objects, documents, and photographs smuggled out or narrowly escaped destruction represent some of the most personal memories: their origins. Family, particularly parents who were lost, occupy a special place among those memories. Their homelands, houses, and villages are also at the heart of cherished recollections. This exhibit highlights 30 survivors and the objects of significance they held on to, join us for a personal look at their lives.

Contact Michelle Edgar, Program Specialist, at to schedule a visit.


The Role of a Museum Curator - Marie-Blanche Fourcade Shares an Insider View from the Montreal Holocaust Museum

Friday, January 13th, 10 - 11 am (Online)

Have you ever wondered what museum curators do in their role at a museum? What questions must a museum curator consider as they create an exhibition? What is the life of an object that is added to a museum collection? We will get answers to these questions and hear more about the importance of museums in our world today. Join us as we speak with Marie-Blanche Fourcade, head of collections and exhibitions for The Montreal Holocaust Museum and our partner for the Witness to History, Keepers of Memory exhibition on display at Raritan Valley Community College.  

Registration link:


Educator Workshop: Teaching Difficult Subjects Creatively Through Art

Wednesday, January 18th, 4 - 5:30 pm (In-person)

A picture is worth a thousand words: Nancy Gorrell and Evelyn Rauch developed the “Light from the Yellow Star” Workshop 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 is 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. Materials will be provided. This professional development program is free and recommended for Middle and High School Teachers, Grades 7-12. 

To register, email  

Join us online for the opening of a new exhibition

Witness to History, Keepers of Memory

Friday, January 20th, 10 - 11 am (Online)

We are pleased to present Witness to History, Keepers of Memory, currently on display at Raritan Valley Community College. During this virtual event, we are honored to hear from Eva Kuper, a Canadian Holocaust survivor featured in the exhibition. Eva will share her story and discuss her part in the exhibition. We will also hear from Marie-Blanche Fourcade, head of collections and exhibitions for The Montreal Holocaust Museum.

To join us for this virtual event, register here:  

Community-Wide Holocaust Remembrance in the Digital-Age with Tova Friedman, Holocaust Survivor, her daughter, Taya, and her grandson Aron

Thursday, January 26th, 7 - 8 pm (In-person)
at the Shimon & Sara Birnbaum JCC

Join us for this special in-person event as we hear from Aron Goodman about the Tova-Tok that he created on Tik Tok in order to share his grandmother’s story of survival in Auschwitz. We will hear from three generations about remembrance and the ways we can reach more people.

This event is free, in-person, and open to the public.

Registration is required: online at, at the JCC welcome Center, or by calling 908.443.9018.

This event is presented in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties, Shimon and Sara Birnbaum-JCC, The JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center, Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties, & 3GNJ.

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