Honoring those who died...Remembering those who survived through community service, education and remembrance

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The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany reports that about one-half of the estimated 517,000 survivors of the Shoah who are alive today are living in poverty.

Most of these men and women are in their 80's, many living in desperate conditions; approximately 90,000 live in the FSU; 74,000 in Israel, and estimates place about 30,000 survivors in the United States.

"...around a fifth of all survivors of the Shoah are in need of our support."

(World Jewish Congress. January 27, 2010)


As of February 1, 2010, the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) continues provides critical financial support to 1,004 aged and needy rescuers in 23 countries. These funds cover the costs of food, heating fuel, medical care, medication, and emergency needs.

Share & Care program

The YIZKOR project's Share & Care program provides Holiday care packages and fills special requests for JFS-Colorado Holocaust survivor clients in need. The organization is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany) to support its 2013-2014 Cafe Europa socialization program for survivors. This extends the program, which began in 2012 for another two years. The organization is also pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the MB Glassman Foundation, a portion of which will be used to help underwrite the costs of Cafe Europa programming.

From the snowy war-torn mountains of Czechoslovakia to the Hungarian National Theater with Osi Sladek to the diverse musical and improvisational talents of Sheldon Sands where attendees helped make the music to the brunch and screening of Inside Hana's Suitcase, Cafe Europa 2012 has gotten off to a terrific start, and to closing out the 2012 year with the Shir Amir Singers for a special Chanukah program, the 2012 Cafe Europa program were a terrific success and enjoyed by all. Thanks to JFS at the JCC for being a terrific host for these programs.

Sunday, November 10, 2013
East Denver Orthodox Synagogue (EDOS)
198 S. Holly Street
Denver, Colorado 80246

Cafe Europa Brunch 10:30
for Holocaust Survivors and Descendants
Reservations are required
Contact: Rosalyn Kirkel at 303.322.8396

FREE Public Screening 12:00 noon

Denver Documentary Film Premiere
the YIZKOR project presents

"The Night of Broken Glass"

Sponsors: EDOS, Colorado Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Descendants, Claims Conference, MB Glassman Fdn, HEA-Denver, Holocaust Awareness Institute, CJS@DU, AJF-CO, AJSH, JFS-Colorado, Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture, Colorado Holocaust Educators, Facing History, Radio Chavura

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Exhibit January 27-February 6, 2012
Remembering the Past - Acting on the Present

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On the Radio!

Kristallnacht program excerpt with Dr. Rudy Jacobson and YIZKOR project Executive Director Tami Ellison. Click here to listen to the Radio Chavura broadcast. Excerpts from the 2012 program are available on Radio Chavura to mark the 75th Anniversary commemoration November 9-10, 2013. Rebroadcast can be heard HERE

Thanks to all those who participated in the 2012 Kristallnacht commemoration. The program, which was co-sponsored by EDOS, featured 8 survivor/witness accounts presented as a Readers' Theatre. Students from the Denver Academy of Torah as well as DJDS and Graland provided the voices of the next generation sharing the survivors' memories with attendees. The program was attended by approximately 200 people.

(photo courtesy of Avital Rotbart)

Congrats to our
Bar and Bat Mitzvah Youth!

Honoring the Memory of Young Holocaust Victims Lev V'Yad (Hand and Heart) Twinning Program

Andrew Goldblatt (remembering Aaron Shmulewitz)
Aidan Zussman (remembering Iske Salman)
Heidi and Pearl Horowitz (remembering Helga & Nora Berner)

Marking the 68th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945

(click to view more photos)

Presented by the YIZKOR project
Co-sponsored by Congregation HEA

Voices from Auschwitz - Where Truth Speaks
Sunday January 27, 2013

THANK YOU to all who attended, Cantor Martin Goldstein, Cantor Zachary Kutner, Alan Schreiber, student and adult readers, artists, sponsors, and performers, to Maxwell Rotbart of Radio Chavura for the photos and photoessay!

Photos to be posted - video will be available

Click here for more information on IHRD
and the 2013 theme (Download Voices program)

History Has A Name Workshop - 
Hana Borensztejn 19 1923-1942 Treblinka Poland; 
Haia Faer 1935-1943 Beltz Romania; 
Nathan Lustman 1934-1944 Auschwitz; 
Eva Weksberg b.1934; 
Jean Lambert 1935-1943 Auschwitz; 
Frania Rajter 1931-1942 Germany;
Touwia Polinowski 1928-1942 Auschwitz;
Severin Regenweter b.1934; 
Moshe Drajer 1926-1943 Warsaw Ghetto; 
Josef Weissler 1937-1943 Auschwitz; 
Fruma Katz b.1935 Telenesti; 
Antoinette Denneboom b.1937 Auschwitz;
Irma Grin b.1936

If you don't remember them, who will?

Hana Borensztejn 19 1923-1942 Treblinka Poland || Haia Faer 1935-1943 Beltz Romania || Nathan Lustman 1934-1944 Auschwitz || Eva Weksberg b.1934 || Jean Lambert 1935-1943 Auschwitz || Frania Rajter 1931-1942 Germany || Touwia Polinowski 1928-1942 Auschwitz || Severin Regenweter b.1934 || Moshe Drajer 1926-1943 Warsaw Ghetto || Josef Weissler 1937-1943 Auschwitz || Fruma Katz b.1935 Telenesti || Antoinette Denneboom b.1937 Auschwitz || Irma Grin b.1936

The YIZKOR project is a registered Colorado-based 501(c)3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law

Volunteers needed to help shop and pack special holiday care packages: Pesach, Rosh Hashana and Chanukah. Please contact the YIZKOR project for more information.

Drivers Needed to assist Holocaust survivors in getting back and forth from programs.

Sponsorships available - honor a loved one with a special Yizkor tribute.

Honoring those who died...Remembering those who survived through community service, education and remembrance

Lev v'Yad Family Tzedakah Mitzvah Program

Heart and Hand Celebrant Charity Program

How does Lev v'Yad work? With a minimum donation of "chai" $18.00 (USD), you will receive a reusable Tzedekah tube made of lightweight clear plastic with a removable top which has a slot for inserting donations. Inserted into the Tzedekah tube is a beautiful signed print by mixed media and textile artist Arel Mishory, and emblazoned with the Proverbs 21:21 sentence shown here. Each Tzedkah tube also includes a Zachor (Remember) pin, a reminder to the young person that they are honoring the memory of a young person killed in the Holocaust. On the reverse side of the print is space for the Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebrant to record information about the good works of their hands, such as the date of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, how much money they raised and donated to charity. Because the giving of charity is a lifelong opportunity for doing good in the world, the Tzedakah tube can be reused and even shared from generation to generation for years to come.

Who will be remembered? For families who lost relatives in the Shoah, the Lev v'Yad Tzedakah project can be dedicated in their memory. The YIZKOR project, however, can provide you with the name of a young person killed in the Holocaust along with biographical information, when available. By dedicating your Tzedakah giving in memory of someone in particular, their neshamah gains merit through your efforts.

Why a Twinning project? To help embed the memory of the Holocaust for all generations, and through these efforts honor the memory of each of the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust so that they will never be forgotten.

More about Lev v'Yad...with an open heart and hand. Celebrants may choose to extend their twinning to include the names of victims of other genocides or to twin with an orphan or abused child whose young life has been touched by pain or tragedy. Families and Bar/Bat celebrants can join the Lev v'Yad program at any time, including during the year spent preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Embedded in the name Lev v'Yad is the word Levy, a reference to the Levite service in the Temple and in service to others.