Meshuga Nutcracker at IMAX

There will be a one-time showing of the movie, Meshuga Nutcracker! on Tuesday, December 19, 7:00 pm, at Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX theater

Adults – $18; Children – $16; Students – $17; Seniors – $17

Rating PG
Runtime 130 min

Fathom events and Guggenheim Entertainment present The Meshuga Nutcracker! – The Chanukah Musical in select cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event on Tuesday, December 19. This musical comedy features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorating Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” including original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. Add in dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot, and surprise guest stars and you have the perfect recipe for a holiday outing! Jews and non-Jews alike will delight in this original musical celebrating all things Chanukah.


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Holocaust Memorials Lecture in Iowa City

Prof. Heineman will be giving a talk on Holocaust Memorials in Germany, Poland, and Israel on Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm in Schambaugh Auditorium at Main Library (University of Iowa) in Iowa City. See link for additional information about the lecture series: Iowa Hillel

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2018 Rauch Foundation Educator Scholarship

Date: April 1 (bi-annual deadline)
Event: Rauch Foundation Teacher Scholarship for Professional Development in Holocaust Education
Application: Rauch Foundation Scholarship(1)

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2018 Yom HaShoah

Date: April 15
Event: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Service)
Location: Tri-City Jewish Center (2715 30th St., Rock Island, Illinois)
Admission: Free and open to the public
Mission Statement: (Sept. 4, 1996) The Yom HaShoah Committee seeks to honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and those who helped the victims, and to tell the story of the Holocaust in such a way as to encourage resistance to any future holocaust.

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2018 Student Essay & Visual Arts Contests


ROCK ISLAND, IL – The Quad Cities Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance) Committee announces a call for entries for the “Ida Kramer Children and the Holocaust Essay Contest” and the “Meyer and Frances Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest” which are open to all Quad City Area students in grades 7-12. The deadline for entries is February 1, 2018.

Both contests offer cash prizes as follows:  First Prize: $500, with a $100 gift card to the teacher who provided guidance; Second Prize: $200, with a $50 gift card to the teacher who provided guidance; Third Prize: $100, with a $50 gift card to the teacher who provided guidance.

Details and applications for both contests are available online at or For more information, contact the office of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cites at (309) 793-1300 or

 The Quad Cites Yom Hashoah Committee is the sponsor of both contests, with Quad City Arts co-sponsoring the Visual Arts Contest.

Essay entries (Essay and Entry Form) may be mailed to the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, 2715 30th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201, or submitted electronically as an email attachment to with “Yom Hashoah Essay” in the subject line. The First Prize essay will be read during the annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust) Remembrance Program on Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 7:00 PM – at the Tri-City Jewish Center, 2715 30th Street, Rock Island,, Illinois, (309) 788-3426.

Yom Hashoah Essay Contest entry form-1

Visual Art entries (Artwork, Artist Statement, and Entry Form) should be delivered to Quad City Arts (1715 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois, 61201) for check in by Thursday, February 1, 2018. (Quad City Arts is open 10-5 Monday-Friday and Saturdays 11-5). The  Visual Art entries will be displayed at the Annual Yom Hashoah Remembrance program.  In addition, entries may be displayed in schools, libraries, etc. throughout the Quad Cites before April 15.

2018 Holocaust Art Contest rules.updated-1Yom Hashoah Essay Contest entry form-1

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14th Holocaust Institute: Music and Hope

Actress and scholar Judy Winnick performed on Oct. 26 at St. Ambrose as Alice Herz-Sommer in a one-act play entitled, Music and Hope: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer.

Alice Herz-Sommer (1903-2014) was a world renowned Jewish Czech concert pianist who performed over a hundred concerts for her fellow prisoners in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) Concentration Camp, giving them beauty and hope.

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Concert at Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College

Concert at Augustana College will be held at Wallenberg Hall at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 19, which includes Janina Ehrlich from Tikkun on cello, Kara Bancks on clairinet and Charles Schmidt on piano.  This second concert (an earlier one was held in September) includes  music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Alexander Zemlinsky. Free and open to the public.

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