Community Events

As community events become available, they will be posted here. Please be sure to visit this page frequently! Don’t forget to join our newsletter and like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on events.  These are courtesy posts in which HAMEC does not necessarily have a partnership in.

Journey into Darkness….Heal with the Beauty of Life

Journey into Darkness….Heal with the Beauty of Life is a new exhibition that displays paintings by Holocaust survivor Harry Somers and sculptural reliefs by local artist Frank Root, as well as objects from the Temple Judea Museum Collection: Holocaust and Acts of Oppression and Resistance.

The exhibition opens on Friday, March 19th and will run through Wednesday, June 30th. Please see the contact information below to schedule your visit! A virtual experience will be available on the Temple Judea Museum’s YouTube channel.

Journey Into Darkness....Heal with the Beauty of Life

“The idea for this exhibition came to me because of my work with HAMEC and from the impact I witnessed among my students when they saw works by Frank Root and heard Harry Somer’s story. I wanted the community beyond our school to experience the same power of art as a component of Holocaust Education. I feel seeing the darkness of Frank’s relief work and then showing the beauty of Harry’s paintings is inspiring and memorable. If we give everyone the opportunity to experience Holocaust education with art, artifacts and survivor testimonies, then we can have a brighter future for all. The title of the exhibition reflects my hopes.” – Guest Curator Lise Marlowe, 2021

The Temple Judea Museum
Director/Curator: Rita Rosen Poley
Chair: Karen Shain Schloss Friends’ Chair: Norma Meshkov
TJM Artists’ Collaborative Chair: Marlene D’Orazio Adler
215-887-8700, ext. 416;;
Visitors welcome by appointment. Masks must be worn.
An accessible facility


From the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council

Community Virtual Programming

Liberation75 Conference

May 4 – 9, 2021
Global gathering of survivors, descendants, educators to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation. Performances, films, keynote addresses and breakout sessions. For further details and registration, see

Summer Virtual Professional Development

National Endowment for Humanities at Kean College:
“The Search for Humanity after Atrocity”

June 17 – 30, 2021
Application deadline March 1, 2021

Two-week seminar for college and university educators. For more information, see NEHSeminar 2021 or call seminar leader Dr. Dennis Klein at 210-783-5393

2021 Belfer Conference, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

July 7 – 9
Belfer Conference for secondary school and community college faculty

July 28 – 30
Belfer Alumni Next Steps National Conference for alumni only

August 2 – 3
Belfer Conference for Holocaust Education Partners — school administrators, curriculum coordinators, librarians and more

For further details and registration, see Belfer 2021 or contact

Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI):
“Teaching the Holocaust and Human Rights”

For updated information regarding in-person or virtual 5-day summer programming, see TOLI Summer 2021

Appalachian State University – Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium:
 Children in the Holocaust”

July 18 – 23, 2021
Presenters include Dr. Deborah Dwork (CUNY), Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice (USHMM), and Dr. Michael Berenbaum (American Jewish University). CEUs available.

For more information and application, see Appalachian State Summer 2021: Children in the Holocaust

For questions and preliminary program, contact

JCRC Community Programming

Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition

Students in grades 7-12 in the 5-counties of SE Pennsylvania are invited to submit original, creative responses to their Holocaust studies in the form of poetry, prose, painting, sculpture, music, dance and video. Entries due April 9, 2021.

To learn more: Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition

For extensive resource list, see
Resources for Studying About the Holocaust grades 7-12


Virtual Philadelphia Community Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

Sunday, April 11, 1:00 p.m.
Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for candle lighting, music, readings and prayers at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony, in partnership with the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.