International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Quad Cities

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, please join us for a one-person stage play adapted and performed by Al Staggs entitled: A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Tri-City Jewish Center, 2715 30th Street, Rock Island, IL.
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2019 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration

Join the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Friday, Jan. 25 at 11:00 ET live, commemorating the 2019 International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Free, no registration required. Link.

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2019 Holocaust Essay and Art Contests – Feb. 1 Deadline

The 2019 guidelines for the Shnurman Visual Arts Contest and the Ida S. Kramer Holocaust Essay Contest are now available online. Feb. 1, 2019 is the deadline for submissions of both contests.  The Quad Cites Yom Hashoah Committee is the sponsor of both contests, with Quad City Arts co-sponsoring the Visual Arts Contest.

Links to the Quad City (gr. 7-12 ) student contest guidelines:
Shnurman Visual Arts Contest
Ida S. Kramer Holocaust Essay Contest

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.

For more information, contact the office of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cites at (309) 793-1300 or aross@jfqc.org.    
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Yom Hashoah, May 2019

Dr. Harold Kasimow, Professor Emeritus of Grinnell College, will be the speaker for the May 5, 2019 Yom Hashoah at Temple Emanuel (1115 Mississippi Ave, Davenport). Free and open to the public.

Photo of Harold Kasimow’s extended family in Turmantas (circa 1944-1945).

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Exhibition “Architecture of Murder”, April 2019

The Architecture of Murder - the Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints   The exhibition “Architecture of Murder: Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints” will be held at Grinnell College (1115 8th Ave, Grinnell, IA) during the first week in April, 2019. More information to be announced. Official exhibition website

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ArtsPower Play “My Heart in a Suitcase” – Spring 2019

ArtsPower will return to the Quad Cities with a production of “My Heart in a Suitcase” on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1, 2019. School venues to be announced.

Summary: Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Life in 1938 Germany is deteriorating quickly for the Lehmanns and all Jews living there. In order to protect their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lehmann may have to say goodbye to her forever. Anne must struggle to bring meaning out of despair, to cling to love and hope even in a world that seems filled with hatred and violence. ArtsPower’s gripping and poignant production about Anne and her family’s decision whether or not to send her on the Kindertransport is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of a family’s love.

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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
Application: Rauch Foundation Scholarship(1)

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