In memory of Samuel M. Gilman and for his lifetime of service in the Quad Cities.
His obituary called him an amazing man, adoring father/husband and friend.” The latter was true even for those who did not know the 96-year-old Rock Island attorney but reaped the benefits of his deep investment in “community, philanthropic, charitable and commercial activities.”
“Sam was a model of servant leadership for me,” Mr. Swanson said. “He didn’t need to be in spotlight, but his guidance, vision and wisdom were essential to more community initiatives than I can count.”
Contributions so often given quietly are hard to catalog. But here are a few that we do know about:
— Founding member and director emeritus of Doris & Victor Day Foundation, which has contributed $19 million to the Q-Cs.
— The Rauch Family Foundation Board, where fellow board member Mark Schwiebert said, “His love of this community and deep abiding concern for helping those in need were evident in all our conversations. The lives he touched through his legal and charitable work will provide an ongoing testimonial to his life of service to Rock Island and our Quad-Cities region. I wish we had more like him.”
— Co-founder of WQAD and WQPT.
— Co-founder and board member of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities. To executive director Allan Ross, Mr. Gilman was both a friend and a mentor “who had an incredible dedication to Jewish communities locally, in Israel and around the world.” For example, even traveling with Rep. Lane Evans to the then-Soviet Union to loosen restrictions on Jewish “Refuseniks” who were forbidden to emigrate from the Soviet Union, especially to Israel.
At home, he helped to found the Quad Cities Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Mr. Swanson said his own service on that committee “was made more meaningful for me both by the insightful questions Sam would ask, and by the confidence he exuded in the simple belief that if you work hard today, you can make tomorrow better for all of us.”
His life of service offers an excellent road map for how to get there. Our condolences to his loved ones and to a community enriched by his life but made poorer by his loss.
The Ida S. Kramer “Children and the Holocaust” essay contest, sponsored annually by The Quad Cities Yom Hashoah Committee, is open to Quad City students in grades 7-12 . Submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2017. Guidelines: yom-hashoah-essay-contest-entry-form
Completed entries 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Yom Hashoah Essay” in the subject line.
The winning essay will be read during the annual Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Service – which will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 7 PM – at Temple Emanuel, 1115 Mississippi Ave., Davenport, IA.
The Meyer and Frances Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest, an annual student art contest sponsored by the Quad Cities Yom Hashoah Committee in partnership with Quad City Arts, is now open to Quad City students in grades 7-12. The theme is: Imagery and Expression: A Visual Response to the Holocaust. Submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2017.
The Quad Cities Yom Hashoah Committee and Quad City Arts exhibited 28 entries in the Meyer and Frances Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest. Past winners were:
1st Place – Madison McKenzie – Moline High School – 12th grade
Lost Faces, Sculpture
2nd Place – Amy Van Fossen – Homeschooled, Bettendorf – 12th grade
Shadows of the Past, Drawing
3rd Place – Wyeth Platt & Makayla Smith – Creative Art Academy
Welcome to the website for the Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities. The homepage includes 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.