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Mania Nudel Holocaust Learning Center

“The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again.” – –George Santayana

The Mania Nudel Holocaust Learning Center serves as a testament to understanding the lessons of the Holocaust and connecting them to the experiences of today. The Nudel HLC preserves the memories of the millions who perished and those who survived this horrific event. It serves as an education center for the community with information on hot button topics like anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, propaganda, cyber-hate and genocide.

In 2020 the Nudel Holocaust Learning Center will undergo a complete renovation that includes digitization, a website for online viewing and research and the curating and updating of artifacts. The Nudel HLC is the new home of The George Gottlieb Holocaust & Jewish Education Program that offers:

  • Classes on current events, Israel and the Middle East
  • Yiddish classes
  • Political science and economics discussions/lectures
  • Survivors support
  • Adult Jewish education classes through a partnership with the Lifelong Learning Institute of Nova Southeastern University

“The focus of the Mania Nudel Holocaust Learning Center is not just on human suffering but the beauty of Jewish life.”   – Annette Labovitz


November 2019
Mania Nudel Holocaust Learning Center
Submitted by Rabbi Leon Weissberg, Ed.D. & Toni Weissberg MS. Ed.

Progress continues on the design phase of our new MNHLC. Hopefully we will begin the construction phase very soon.

This weekend is a very special one in the Holocaust education arena. On Saturday and Sunday (Nov.9-10) we commemorated 81 years since “Kristalnacht,” the Night of the Broken Glass. That was the night that Hitler and his “advisors” decided to fly up a test-balloon to see what the world reaction would be. There was a deliberate destruction of Jewish businesses in a myriad of cities throughout Germany. After the two days of rampaging, burning books, destroying Jewish owned shops, thousands of Jewish men were arrested and sent to “detention camps.” Further, after it was all over the Jewish communities were required to pay for the cleanup in the streets, and all insurance benefits to repair the shops were to go to the German government. And Hitler’s test balloon didn’t go unnoticed by his government. No one said a thing. The U.S. State Department noted that this was a German internal domestic issue best handled by the Germans without any external interference. There you have it! No one voiced opposition, and Hitler’s remarks were “just like the Armenians slaughtered by the Turks, no one really cares!”

This is why it’s so important that the J gets into the forefront of Holocaust education and resume its programs started some 30 years ago. At the end of this month I will be traveling to Poland with a group of youngsters from San Juan, Puerto Rico. I will try and stay in touch during our mini-March of the Living for these Jewish youngsters.

Please note some of the Holocaust-related activities that are going on in our community:

  1. The Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc. is booking group and individual tours for our next traveling exhibition, Israel: Then & Now. This extraordinary exhibition, produced by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland, Ohio will run from November 4, 2019 – February 29, 2020. It tells the story of a people with no home, rejected across the globe for religious beliefs, who found hope in a land they made their own. The exhibition explores creation of a unique culture, the people, cuisine, music, art, literature and the technological and medical advancements being made in Israel today that are changing the world. A preview of the exhibition can be found here: http://www.maltzmuseum.org/isr /  

General admission is $10 and student admission is $5. Survivors, liberators and their spouses will be admitted at no charge.

  1. The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center at Nova Southeastern University offers NSU students and the general public a place to learn about, and to contemplate, the horrendous acts that result from intolerance and hate. The Center is located on the second floor of the Sherman Library on the NSU campus.

 You may want to watch this remarkable YouTube. A survivor, Max Eisen, just published a book with his story, By Chance Alone, quite an account — https://youtu.be/jAzPoRZ2uRU

October 2019

Mania Nudel Holocaust Learning Center
Submitted by Rabbi Leon Weissberg, Ed.D. & Toni Weissberg MS. Ed.

As the High Holy Days loom behind us we are full throttle with the work on the new Mania Nudel Holocaust Learning Center. We have removed all of the books from the shelves (BTW – anyone is welcome to pick up any of the books for free – just come and get them – over 500 books available). The architectural renderings are being approved and soon work will begin on redesigning our Holocaust Learning Center.

Along with the physical remodeling of the MNHLC is the introduction of the George Gottlieb Jewish Education & Holocaust Education Programs.  

One of the first programs under the auspices of the Gottlieb Education program will be a book review by the author Susan Neiman of her newest writing –“Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil.”  This will be on Thursday October 17 at 1:00 PM at the Stirling Road Library. I will be moderating the program with Susan Neiman, an American moral philosopher and cultural commentator presenting her book.

The following are some items that you might be interested in looking at that relate to the Holocaust. Keep watching this column for continued updates on the goings on in the Holocaust educational world.

  1. Ray Allen from the Heat is accompanying a group of students from South Florida to Poland the end of November. (BTW same time that I’m taking a group of Jewish high school students to Poland from San Juan)
    https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article235463247.html
  2. An imam’s message from the Auschwitz death camp
    https://israelunwired.com/an-imams-message-from-the-auschwitz-death-camp/
  3. The Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc. is booking Group and individual tours for our next traveling exhibition, Israel: Then & Now. This extraordinary exhibition, produced by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland, Ohio will run from November 4, 2019 – February 29, 2020. It tells the story of a People with no home, rejected across the globe for religious beliefs, found hope in a land they made their own. The exhibition explores creation the of a unique culture, the people, cuisine, music, art, literature and the technological and medical advancements being made in Israel today that are changing the world. A preview of the exhibition can be found here: http://www.maltzmuseum.org/isr / 
    General Admission is $10 and Student Admission is $5.
    Survivors, Liberators and their Spouses will be admitted at no charge.
  4. The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center at Nova Southeastern University offers NSU students and the general public a place to learn about, and to contemplate, the horrendous acts that result from intolerance and hate. The Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Sherman Library on the NSU campus.

September 2019

Mania Nudel Holocaust Learning Center
Submitted by Rabbi Leon Weissberg, Ed.D. & Toni Weissberg MS. Ed.

As we herald a new year so too, we begin a new column updating the community on the activities of the re-envisioned Mania Nudel Holocaust Learning Center. A committee has been formed with Laurie Suskind and Craig Konhauser as co-chairs. Our JCC professional is Lea Shani.

The plans are to remodel the current space that is the Holocaust Learning Center into a much more “state-of-the-art” center that will fit into the 21st century modality of learning.

As the J prepares for some new construction, we have already inventoried over 100 artifacts for the first time. The inventory will provide the MNHLC with access to all of the artifacts as needed for instructional purposes. The architectural renderings designed by Craig Konhauser have been reviewed and accepted. Soon construction will begin in the current MNHLC.

Another new program has been added to the litany of DPJCC programs, which is making all these changes possible- the George Gottlieb Jewish Education & Holocaust Education Programs. These programs as well as some of the reconstruction has been funded by the George Gottlieb Foundation. A wonderful gift from a survivor, George Gottlieb who was an integral part of the MNHLC since its inception some 30 years ago.

This column will seek to keep the community updated with the various Holocaust events and activities that are going on in South Florida or Holocaust information that may be pertinent or germane to our readership. The MNHLC hope to be the clearing-house for our community. The following are some of the programs and activities that are being scheduled by different Holocaust-based organizations:

  1. Legislation: Jewish Federations of North America is promoting two Holocaust initiatives in Congress, one to provide resources for Holocaust education and the other to provide enhanced social services for needy Holocaust survivors. To help further this advocacy, JFNA is seeking support from Holocaust survivors to sign on to this Holocaust Survivor Advocacy Letter. Interested Survivors may support this initiative through this link https://forms.gle/TgR2E3qewnmzgeoJ9 or by contacting Kline@JewishFederations.org .
  2. Reparations: From the Claims Conference: The 2020 total global allocations from the German government is now over €524 million (over $587 million). Globally, the Claims Conference allocates in-home care for over 78,000 survivors and assists over 54,000 survivors with other vital services, including food, medicine, transportation to doctors and programs to alleviate social isolation. For more information: claimscon.org/ Information and claim forms for the Kindertransport Fund (which may extended to the One Thousand Children who came to the US): www.claimscon.org/2018/12/kindertransport
  3. The Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc. is booking Group and individual tours for our next traveling exhibition, Israel: Then & Now. This extraordinary exhibition, produced by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland, Ohio will run from November 4, 2019 – February 29, 2020. It tells the story of a People with no home, rejected across the globe for religious beliefs, found hope in a land they made their own. The exhibition explores creation the of a unique culture, the people, cuisine, music, art, literature and the technological and medical advancements being made in Israel today that are changing the world. A preview of the exhibition can be found here: http://www.maltzmuseum.org/isr / 
    General Admission is $10 and Student Admission is $5.
    Survivors, Liberators and their Spouses will be admitted at no charge.
  4. The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center at Nova Southeastern University offers NSU students and the general public a place to learn about, and to contemplate, the horrendous acts that result from intolerance and hate. The Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Sherman Library on the NSU campus.