Sad News Regarding Erica Herz Van Adelsberg

We are saddened to announce that Erica Herz Van Adelsberg has passed away.

Erica Paulette (nee Herz), of Wynnewood, PA, passed peacefully on 16 November 2018 — loving mother of Judith (Michael) Berman and David (Lisa) van Adelsberg; grandmother of Oren (Ines) and Noah (Naama) Berman, Hunter and Anastasia van Adelsberg; great-grandmother of Nina Berman; sister of Ernest Hilton; former wife of the late Martin van Adelsberg.

Services will be Sunday November 18, 2018, at noon at Beth David, Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughan Lane, Gladwyne, PA. Interment will follow at Hayim Solomon Memorial Park, Frazer, PA.

Shiva will be held Sunday evening November 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm (minyan at 7:30 pm), at the Greenhill Condominiums, East Building, 1001 City Avenue. Wynnewood, PA 19096.

Erica was a life-long educator and retired as the Director of Foreign Languages of the Philadelphia School District. She was a Holocaust survivor and generously shared, with people of all ages around the globe, her story of finding humanity even in the darkest of times. She published her life story, Feeling Great and Grateful in 2013. Her family has asked that, to honor her legacy and further her mission of spreading understanding and tolerance, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, Kleinlife, Suite 210, 10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116

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Press Release – HAMEC Condemns Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg For Not Removing Holocaust Denial Content

HAMEC Condemns Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg For Not Removing Holocaust Denial Content

June 23, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has no plans to stop the dissemination of Holocaust deniers on its platform where 6.8 million impressionable children are using it every month. We call on Zuckerberg to swiftly and permanently ban any and all Holocaust denial content and profiles that promulgate this hatred. It is this type of fake accusations that assist anti-Semitic haters to recruit others who are not yet their supporters. The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Educator Center is dedicated to supporting truthful information about the Holocaust.

In the words of Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University, “Deniers, who today clearly feel more emboldened than ever before, are not the equivalents of flat-earth theorists, nor are they just plain loonies. As a person who created and provides a platform for the dissemination of information on an awesome scale, Zuckerberg must recognize that theirs is not a cognitive error or a regrettable misinterpretation or failure in judgment that can be rectified by showing them documentation or evidence. They are white supremacists and anti-Semites. Their agenda is to reinforce and spread the very hatred that produced the Holocaust.”

We feel this is a teachable moment and reminds us that our mission, educating youth, is never done. Our speakers bureau never rests and never tires of sharing their experiences with students in Philadelphia and the world beyond. This year nearly 37,799 students and adults learned about the Holocaust from our 30 Holocaust survivors, liberators, and resistance fighters. The lessons imparted by our heroes about the consequences of prejudice, hatred, and racism help ensure that tolerance, acceptance and multiculturalism will defend against Holocaust deniers and anti-Semitism.

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center is the premier provider of Holocaust education programs in the Delaware Valley. The museum is dedicated to educating students about the consequences of intolerance and hate. Each year museum programs provide students with Holocaust survivor presentations, school visits, videos, and plays such as the Anne Frank Theater Project. HAMEC is a non-profit organization supported by grants from the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany, government and foundation grants and private donations.

Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center
KleinLife, Suite 210
10100 Jamison Ave,
Philadelphia PA 19116
Phone: 215.464.4701

Press Release – Local Holocaust Scholar To Be Honored at 6th Annual Educators Luncheon

Local Holocaust Scholar To Be Honored at 6th Annual Educators Luncheon

May 3, 2018

On Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center of Philadelphia (HAMEC) will host the 6th Annual Educators Luncheon at the Philmont Country Club, 301 Tomlinson Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006.

The Guest Speaker and Honoree is Ms. Josey G. Fisher who will discuss her work “In Their Own Words: Voices of the Holocaust.”

Cost is $50 per person. The program is open to the public and reservations are required before April 23, 2018. For reservations, contact info@ hamec.org or 215.464.4701.

Josey G. Fisher is the Director of the Holocaust Oral History Archive and Instructor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Gratz College. She is being honored with HAMEC’s second annual Excellence in Education Award in recognition of her exceptional leadership, dedication, and outstanding contributions to benefit the fields of Holocaust studies and education, that advance the values and mission of HAMEC.

Ms. Fisher has graduate degrees in both clinical social work and Jewish studies; and she has focused her interdisciplinary background on Holocaust research and education for over 30 years. She received her BA and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters in Jewish Studies with a major in Modern European Jewish History from Gratz College. Her course offerings include “Teaching the Holocaust” and “Children of the Nazi Era”. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member in the history department of Moore College of Art and Design. She serves as an independent Holocaust education consultant to multiple local, national and international programs. She serves as Holocaust education consultant to the Bearing Witness Program for Catholic educators, co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, the Archdiocese and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Holocaust Awareness Museum is the premier provider of Holocaust education programs in the Delaware Valley. In the last school year alone, HAMEC completed over 500 programs and reached over 43,000 students. With passage of Pennsylvania’s new Holocaust and Genocide education law and implementation beginning this fall, those numbers are expected to increase exponentially. The museum is dedicated to educating students about the consequences of intolerance and hate. Each year museum programs provide students with Holocaust survivor presentations, school visits, videos, and plays such as the Anne Frank Theater Project. The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center is a non-profit organization supported by grants from the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany, government and foundation grants and private donations.

Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center
KleinLife, Suite 210
10100 Jamison Ave,
Philadelphia PA 19116
Phone: 215.464.4701