Holocaust Education Week

Congregation Temple Israel, in partnership with the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center, has organized this week-long series of events to provide educational, spiritual, and reflective opportunities for the entire St. Louis community in remembrance of the Holocaust.


The Soap Myth – A Reading of the Critically Acclaimed Play Starring Ed Asner
This event is in partnership with the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center
Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 pm at Temple Israel
$36 for General Admission; $72 for Preferred Seating; Sponsorship Opportunities
More than a half century after WWII at the desperate urging of a passionate survivor, a young investigative reporter finds herself caught between numerous versions of the same story. Played out against the backdrop of deadline reporting and journalistic integrity, the critically acclaimed The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen questions who has the right to write history—those people who have lived it and remember, those who study and protect it, or those who would seek to distort its very existence? And finally, what is our responsibility once we know the truth?


The Soap Myth – A Private Reading for Local High School Students and Staff
This event is in partnership with the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center
Friday, May 3 at 11:30 am at Temple Israel
This event is not open to the public. 
Chair: Jim Goldwasser
Free of cost for high schools, but prior reservations must be made.
If your local high school is interested in attending, or if you are an educator and would like to attend with a group of students, please contact Martina Stern, Special Events Manager, at mstern@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8050.


Special Shabbat Services
Friday, May 3 - 5:30 pm Dedication, 6:00 pm Pre-Oneg followed by Shabbat services
Free of charge and open to the public.
Co-Chairs: The Wolk Family
A special Shabbat service featuring music from TI’s Chavurat Shira Choir. Prior to services, we will dedicate our newly installed Holocaust Remembrance Area. 

St. Louis Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Sunday, May 5 at 4:00 pm at Congregation Shaare Emeth (11645 Ladue Rd, St. Louis, MO 63141)
Free of charge and open to the public.
This event is organized by the St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center and will be hosted at Congregation Shaare Emeth. This opportunity for remembrance will include eyewitness accounts of the Shoah from survivors and witnesses, a traditional candle-lighting service, a Holocaust Torah procession, and liturgical readings and prayers. 


Big Sonia Documentary Film Screening Followed by Q&A with Sonia's Daughter
Monday, May 6 at 7:00 pm at Temple Israel
$5 suggested donation per person. Open to the public.
Introduction by Rabbi Amy Feder. Q&A with Debbie Warshawski, Sonia’s daughter, to follow the film.
Ninety-one-year-old Sonia Warshawski — great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor — runs a tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, Big Sonia also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.


Shofar Society Appreciation Event at the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center (HMLC)
Tuesday, May 7 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at HMLC (12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146)
This is a private event for Temple Israel’s Shofar Society members.
Co-Chairs: Claire Schenk & Richard Greenberg and Dr. Amy Knoblock-Hahn & Dr. Robert Hahn
Our Shofar Society members are invited to an exclusive, thought-provoking, and inspirational presentation. Invitations will be mailed to our Shofar Society members.
Reach out to Rachel Wallis Andreasson, TI’s Executive Director, to find out how you can join the Shofar Society in time for this event. randreasson@ti-stl.org or 314-548-9743.


Holocaust Museum & Learning Center (HMLC) Discussion and Tour for Seniors (Ages 65+)
Wednesday, May 8 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at HMLC (12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146)
Co-Chairs: Sarijane Freiman and Neil Handelman
Join event co-chairs Sarijane and Neil, both TI members and Holocaust Museum docents, for a discussion followed by a tour. Dessert bar and refreshments will be available. Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible to Lisa Hirshberg at lhirshberg@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8050.


Questions about Holocaust Education Week? Please reach out Martina Stern, Temple Israel's Special Events Manager, at mstern@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8050.


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