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Holocaust Awareness Museum
JCC Klein Branch, Rm 210
10100 Jamison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19116

Chuck Feldman

Program Director
Robin Falkow

Witness to History Project Coordinator
Phil Holtje

Anne Frank Theater Project Producer
Sharon Geller


Holocaust Awareness Museum


The Jewish Identity Center's Holocaust Awareness Museum, America's first Holocaust museum, is 45 years young. Yaakov Riz, the museum's founder, was a Holocaust survivor who lost 83 members of his family in Hitler's death camps. Riz vowed that if he survived he would dedicate Yakov Riz his life to establishing a museum that would memorialize the millions of Jews and Non-Jews who perished at the hands of Nazi barbarism. Initially, the museum was housed in the basement of Riz's home. The museum's genesis, its growth and its struggle against intolerance are the realization of his dream, his courage and his commitment.

Using the resources of the museum, our mission is to educate Delaware Valley students and adults, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance. The Holocaust was a watershed event, not only in the 20th century, but in the entire history of humanity. The study of the Holocaust provides us with one of the most effective ways to work with students to examine basic moral issues and value systems.

The Holocaust Awareness Museum offers several educational programs and resources aimed at accomplishing this mission: