Eva (Vezer) Abrams
Youth Symposium on the Holocaust
Several performances for middle and high school students are being scheduled from April 8 - 19, 2024, at Gratz College and various schools in the area.
The original production of Survivors was created and produced by Center Stage, a professional theatre company based in the Jewish Community Center of Rochester, NY, in consultation with the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester’s CHAI (Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information). Center Stage commissioned LA-based playwright and screenwriter Wendy Kout to create the play. We thank Center Stage and Wendy Kout for granting us the opportunity to bring this work to the Philadelphia area. We also thank the Jewish Community Center of Rochester, New York and the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information for sharing their educational materials with us.
Funds to create a local production were provided by the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools through Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.
Read more about this performance in E Jewish Philanthropy.
This program was formerly sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Jewish Community Relations Council for many years. Gratz College is grateful to Beth Razin of JFGP/JCRC who is consulting on the transition of the program from Jewish Federation to Gratz College.
SURVIVORS IN THE NEWS
PROFILE: Holocaust Survivors
Erich & Ellen (Lewinsky) Arndt
Evie (Schuerman) Jacobson
Helen (Przysuskier) Levinson
Rosemarie (Marianthal) Molser
Teachers who have questions about Holocaust education pedagogy and age-appropriate materials for students are invited to contact Josey G. Fisher, Holocaust Education Consultant, at jfisher@gratz.
Theatre Ariel is dedicated to creating and presenting theatre that illuminates the social, cultural, and spiritual heritage of the Jewish people. They create and produce new and established works reflecting on the global Jewish experience past and present. Theatre Ariel entertains, enriches, and educates audiences of all ages and cultures through the telling of Jewish Stories, celebrating the laughter and lessons of the shared human experience. Since their founding in 1990, they have created and commissioned, and contributed to the development of over 86 new works by playwrights from around the country; performing for nearly 300,000 children, teens, families, and adults throughout Greater Philadelphia and beyond.
"I have learned a lot and I think the lesson that will stay is that everyone is human, we all feel emotions and pain. We all eat and sleep, but most importantly we all dream. We wish to be someone's hero or the hero. We all want love and peace. We all want to be human. So the lesson is one that has been said over a million times and I will say it again and again. Treat those the way you want to be treated. I know I can and will abide by this fundamental law of life. And all I want to be is someone who can make people happy, and the only way to do that is to treat those the way I want to be treated.
I think that learning any hardship or problem is to help the next generation to find a better outcome. But why do we learn? Is it to better ourselves? Or to fix the last generation's mistakes? I believe in a way it's both. May it be Holocaust or the Invasion of Ukraine, each generation faces problems. The past may have the key to the future. So why learn from the past? Why learn from the Holocaust? Simple. Because history repeats itself. They may not be Hitler or a Hutu but they may be the general of the next world crisis. So I believe that if we equip the newer generations with knowledge they may need to combat such insolence before things can get that drastic."
— Isaiah Osorio-Noble, 12th grade, Kensington High School