In Remembrance

sam  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.

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Holocaust Film Series 2017

The Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial
“Holocaust Film Series 2017”
Begins March 12, 4:00 pm at the Figge Art Museum Auditorium

Sunday, March 12, 4:00pm:  Cloudy Sunday

Sunday, March 19, 4:00pm:  Professor Mamlock

Sunday, April 2, 4:00pm:  Defiant Requiem

Sunday, April 9, 4:00pm:  Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War

Lloyd Burstein was born in 1920 in Granville, Illinois to Latvian parents fleeing religious persecution in the pre-WWI Baltic State. During the Depression, Lloyd, who was the oldest of 5 children, worked hard to keep his siblings together as they lived in a cooperative Jewish children’s orphanage in Southern California, and simultaneously he took night classes at UCLA to earn an undergraduate degree in physics.Lloyd was a Radar Battalion Officer in the US Army during WWII and afterwards continued his career as a systems engineer in the DC area. In 1957, he and his family settled in Vienna, Virginia where Lloyd was very active in uplifting the inner city community through the integration of schools, equal educational opportunities, and civil rights initiatives. In 1999, Lloyd received the Human Rights Award from the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission.

Presenting sponsor for this film series is: The Joyce and Tony Singh Family Foundation. Additional sponsors include the Rauch Family Foundation II, Inc. and Wheelan-Pressley Funeral Homes.

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Yom Hashoah Essay Contest 2017

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 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.

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Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest 2017

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.

Details: 2017-holocaust-art-contest-revised-oct-2015docx1

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Past Winning Entries – Shnurman Visual Arts Contest

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


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Past Winners for the Yom Hashoah Essay Contest

Ida(2)     2016 Winners of the Ida S. Kramer Holocaust Essay Contest were:
1st Place: Sam Rothbardt, Pleasant Valley Junior High (8th grade), “Greatest Respect for Humankind” (the story of Yanek Gruener) – $500 scholarship
2nd Place: Jessica Cahoon, Clinton Middle School (8th grade), “The Life of Hana Brady” – $200 scholarship
3rd Place: Iryna Komarova, Rock Island High School (11th grade), “Irving Roth’s Struggle for Existence” – $100 scholarship.
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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 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.
Show poster for Judy Winnick's portrayal of Irena Sendler.  

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