17th Annual “Night to Honor Israel”

The 17th Annual QC “Night to Honor Israel” is scheduled to be held this year at a new location, a new time and new day of the week:  Bettendorf Christian Church (3487 Pointe Drive, Bettendorf, IA), 6:30 pm, on Saturday, October 17. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.

Due to concerns about Covid, you may attend in-person or online. If you choose to attend in-person, all safety precautions at the church will be taken.

If you choose to attend online, you can do so on your computer, tablet or Smartphone by live viewing on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/QCNTHI

This year’s keynote speaker will be Pastor Peter De Jesus, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for Christians United for Israel (CUFI).

Guest speaker will be Erik Stackelbeck, host of CUFI’s weekly show, The Watchman.

Please contact  aross@jfqc.org for more information.

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Holocaust music discovered and performed

More than 6 million people, most of them Jews, died in the Holocaust. The music they wrote as a temporary escape, however, did not, thanks in part to the efforts of an Italian composer and pianist, Francesco Lotoro. He has spent 30 years recovering, performing, and in some cases, finishing pieces of work composed in captivity. He is on a remarkable rescue mission, reviving music like a piece created by a young Jewish woman in a Nazi concentration camp in 1944. Read more.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

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: https://soundcloud.com/kalaradio

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 rabbilinda@qctemple.org

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2020 Yom Hashoah in the Quad Cities – EVENT POSTPONED

EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. Yom Hashoah was scheduled for April 19, 2020 (6:30 PM) at the Tri Ciy Jewish Center (2715 30th St, Rock Island, IL).

Holocaust survivor Ida Paluch Kersz will be the 2020 keynote speaker this  year in the Quad Cities.  About Ida: Ida Paluch Kersz was born May 1939, in Sosnowiec, Poland. Soon after the German invasion, Ida, her mother, her twin brother, and her older sister were put into the Sosnowiec ghetto. When she was three years old, her mother committed suicide, while her father was fighting as a Polish solider against the Germans. After the war, Ida’s father found her. In 1957, Ida immigrated with her father to Israel. In 1963, Ida and her family came to Chicago. She has volunteered at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center for over 25 years.  Click on flyer for details: Ida flyer-2

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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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2020 Holocaust Essay and Art Contest Winners

Essay and Art Flyer 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
Honorable Mention
Isabelle Pierce
“When Weiss’ Life Changed” – 8th Grade, St. Joseph Catholic School, DeWitt, Iowa;  Mary Rolfstad  “Schindlerjuden: The Life and Story of Leon Leyson” – 9th Grade, Assumption High School, Davenport, Iowa;  Claire Unke “Renia Spigel: The Holocaust” – 8th Grade, Clinton Middle School, Clinton, Iowa
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


Honorable Mention

Rhett Bliss “Tears from the Prosecuted” – 10th Grade, Mercer County High School, Aledo, Illinois;  Sulymar Morales-Espinosa “The Safety Wall” – 6th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa;  Alexys Scheeper “Free Like a Butterfly” – 9th Grade, Central DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Iowa;  Mwenyemali Djuma “Lost Innocence in a World of Destruction” – 7th Grade, Washington Junior High, Rock Island, Illinois;   Miles Showalter  “Grief” – 9th Grade, Mercer County High School, Aledo, Illinois;   Gael Chenus  “Hope Among Darkness” – 7th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa;   Hope Bauer  “Looking In….Reaching Out” – 11th Grade, Bettendorf, High School, Bettendorf, Iowa;   Benjamin Maas  “The Jewish Star” – 9th Grade, Home Schooled

For both contests – First prize is $500, and if there is a sponsoring/nominating teacher, then he/she will receive a gift card of $100 to support classroom needs. Second prize is $200 and third prize is $100, and if there is a sponsoring/nominating teacher, he/she will receive $50 gift cards for classroom needs. Honorable mention students will receive a $25 gift card.  In addition, all students who entered the contests….whether they won top prizes or not….. will receive a letter of thanks and a gift card for their entry. This year there were 34 essay entries and 24 visual art entries. In addition, there were two “Dance” video entries this year from the Creative Arts Academy.  A big thank you goes to their dance instructor, Bridget Jesson. All dancers will receive a gift card, as well as their instructor.

The  7th Grade Dance Enrichment performed  a dance to the song “Burn”.  The 6 dancers were Trey Gordan, Emma Gullickson, Ashley Laake, Benjamin Jacobsmeier, Kayle Bernauer and Bailey Wright. See the dance at:


The 8th Grade Dance Enrichment performed a dance to the songs “Welcome to Wonderland” and “Arsonist’s Lullaby.”  The 5 dancers were Mackenzie Besgrove, Laney Chandler, Tatum Roselle, Aidan Sammon and Claire Gillespie.  See the dance at:


The winning essay would normally have been read during the annual Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Service, which was scheduled for Sunday, April 19.  However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the program has been postponed indefinitely.

The visual art entries would normally have been displayed at the Moline Public Library and then at Rutabaga Art Studio in Geneseo, Illinois, as well at the annual Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Service.  However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are on a holding pattern to see if the entries will be displayed anywhere or not in the near future.

The Quad Cites Yom Hashoah Committee sponsors both contests, with Quad City Arts co-sponsoring the Visual Arts Contest. For more information, contact the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities (309)793-1300 or aross@jfqc.org

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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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