Anti-Semitism Zoom Presentation at University of Illinois

COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA CHAMPAIGN With Erez Cohen, Executive Director, Illini Hillel on ZOOM, Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from noon to 1:00 PM.

Please register in advance for this important presentation at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This program is sponsored by: Champaign-Urbana Jewish FederationJewish Federation of the Quad Cities Jewish Federation of Rockford.

As many of you may know, anti-Semitism – hatred of Jews and hatred of Israel – has been increasing across the United States, and on college campuses.

Erez Cohen, Executive Director of Illini Hillel, will share with us what actions are being taken to combat it.

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2021 Holocaust Art & Essay Contest

2021 Holocaust Art Contest rules.updated
Yom Hashoah Essay Contest entry form (1)

Click to access new-essay-art-flyer-together.pdf

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Virtual Nosh & Mingle

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Holocaust Remembrance Day & USHMM Lesson

April 21st is Holocaust Remembrance Day. For parents and educators who are home-schooling students in grades 7-12, here is a one class period lesson (with extended activities) from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum entitled: “History of Antisemitism and the Holocaust.”

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KALA Radio Show – Holocaust Topics

R.O.I., produced by KALA and an affiliate of Public Radio International, has interviewed several local scholars on topics relating to the Holocaust. The show examines important events in history as well as current events through books, journal article, papers, and presentations. The guest and show co-hosts then discuss the topic with experts and history buffs who ask the question “How is it relevant or irrelevant in today’s world?”

Dr. Art Pitz was interviewed on the radio show R.O.I. in 2019, on the topic “History of Antisemitism and American Eugenics Movement.” His interview can be found at this link or click on the “play arrow” below.

KALA is operated by St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. Shows air locally on Friday night on KALA 88.5 FM and 106.1 FM at 9:30 PM. After airing, the full program and web segment will be available as a podcast at:

Other Holocaust-related shows on R.O.I.:

Mark Finkelstein – Holocaust Memorial in Des Moines

Rabbi Henry J Karp – One Human Family Program   

Dr. Stephen Gaies – Pre-WWII German Youth Diaries and Memoirs Exhibit

Author Noah Lederman – A World Erased

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Online Israel Book Discussion Group

The community is invited to join the online Israel Book Discussion Group hosted by Temple Emanuel, held on alternating Thursdays from noon-1:30 PM through Zoom.  Books discussed: Shavit. My Promised Land; Glick. The Israeli Solution; Omar Khaled Ahmad (and more). Shatila Stories; LeVine & Mossberg. One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States

For more information, contact Rabbi Linda at

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Holocaust Curriculum Cases for Quad City Teachers

Curriculum cases for teaching about the Holocaust in grades 6-8 are available for free checkout by Quad City area teachers.  These cases were developed by the Curriculum Committee for the Jeff Leibovitz Special Collection of Holocaust Education Materials.
Flyer Curriculum Cases


Three curriculum case topics:
Case 1: “You Can Make A Difference: Teaching About the Holocaust”
Case 2: “They Made a Difference: Rescuers and Resisters”
Case 3: “Voices from the Holocaust: Diaries & Memoirs”

Cases 1, 2, and 3 are located at WIU-Quad Cities Library (3300 River Drive, Moline, IL). Call to schedule curriculum case checkout at 309/762-1598. No delivery service. Self pickup required. Website   Case 1 is also available at Mississippi Bend AEA9 (729-21st St., Bettendorf, IA). Call to schedule curriculum case checkout  at 563/359-1371. Iowa schools within the AEA9 district can request AEA9 van delivery to school building.

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Past Holocaust Essay & Art Contest Winners, 2020

1st PlaceTaylor Piglisi  “Dancing to Survive, Forgiving to Live: The Story of Dr. Edith Eva Eger” – 12th Grade, Moline High School, Moline, Illinois   Puglisi Essay
2nd PlaceBrooke Bloom  “Death, Fear, and Sadness” – 8th Grade, St. Joseph Catholic School, DeWitt, Iowa
Sponsoring Teacher:  Demi Franck   Bloom Essay-1
3rd PlaceGarrison Chrones “Remembering the Holocaust” – 8th Grade, St. Joseph Catholic School, DeWitt, Iowa
Sponsoring Teacher:  Demi Franck  Chrones Essay
1st Place –  Ella Strader “Look for the Helpers” – 7th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa
Nominating teacher: Heidi Hernandez
2nd PlaceMegan Cornwell “Air That Kills” – 12th Grade,  Rockridge High School, Taylor Ridge, Illinois
Nominating teacher: Kayla Ulfig
3rd PlaceSophia Clifton “Painful Remembrance” – 7th Grade, Geneseo Middle School, Geneseo, Illinois
Nominating teacher:  Logan Hamilton
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Rauch Foundation Educator Bi-annual Scholarship

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

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Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities

2013-11-05_19-56-52_857 Welcome to the website for the Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities. The website pages include a painting of apple blossoms by actress Judy Winnick. It represents the apple tree where Irena Sendler buried jars filled with names of Jewish children rescued from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Judy Winnick visited the Quad Cities in September, 2013 and performed a monologue based on the life of Irena Sendler at area schools and public libraries. She was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Holocaust Institute of the Quad Cities. Judy Winnick returned as keynote speaker at the 2015 Holocaust Institute of the Quad Cities portraying Miep Gies. Judy returned to the Quad Cities on October 26, 2017 to portray the life of Alice Herz-Sommer at the 14th Holocaust Institute of the Quad Cities.

Show poster for Judy Winnick's portrayal of Irena Sendler.    

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