My Amazing Journey to the Holy Land

Dr. Arun Pillutla, Professor of  Management, St. Ambrose University


 Monday, February 26, 7:00 pm at the Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University,

Come hear Dr. Pillutla talk about his amazing journey to Israel as part of the winter 2017 Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel with 24 other US college professors from December 27, 2017 to January 9, 2018.  
From visiting Israel’s top universities, to meeting with military, business and social service experts, to sightseeing at the Jewish, Christian and Muslim historic sites, to finding opportunities for developing relationships on personal and professional levels…….Dr. Pillutla will share his experiences on what is happening in Israel today, what Israel is like on a day-to-day basis, and how what is happening in Israel might affect the world.


This program is being held in conjunction with the outstanding exhibit

at St. Ambrose University,

“Building Bridges of Faith:

Photographs of Papal Visits to the
Holy Land, 1964-2014″
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The Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial “Holocaust Film Series 2018”


Sunday, March 4, 4:00 pm:  A German Life

Sunday, March 11, 4:00 pm:  Walking with the Enemy

Sunday, March 18, 4:00 pm:  Summer Solstice

Sunday, April 8, 4:00 pm:  The Testament

Location: At the Figge Art Museum Auditorium (225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801)

Admission: Tickets available at the door. Adults $7; Seniors (60+) and Military $6; Students Free. For info call (309) 793-1300. This film has adult content and has won many awards.


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Rabbi Jonathan Porath “A guest Rabbi from Jerusalem”

Rabbi Porath with Elie Wiesel
Programs on February 5 and 6 at the Davenport Library Eastern Branch, Moline Library and the Bettendorf Library
Topics include:
“A Celebration of Israel and Jerusalem”
“The Book of Esther”
“Coping with Life’s Transitions”
“The Teachings of My Friend and Mentor:
Elie Wiesel”
All Programs Free and Open to the Public
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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) Speaker Marguerite Mishkin 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.
About Marguerite Mishkin:
 A Book By Me

Marguerite Lederman Miskin Collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The collection consists of documents, photographs, and objects relating to Marguerite and Annette Lederman [donor and her sister] and their experiences as hidden children in Belgium during the Holocaust. The collection was donated by Marguerite Lederman Mishkin to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2002.

Margo and Annette Lederman pose with dolls given to them by their rescuers, Clementine and Edouard van Buggenhout. (Photo donated to USHMM)

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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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