Holocaust Days of Remembrance

Austin Days of Remembrance Feature Holocaust Educators from the Western Galilee

Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day begins four days after the end of Passover. Austin will welcome two Israeli Holocaust educators from our Partnership with the Western Galilee to speak at multiple community programs. Madene Shachar directs the International Desk of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum in Nahariya, Israel, the world’s first museum commemorating the Holocaust and Jewish heroism and resistance. Dganit Adan directs AMCHA in the Western Galilee, Israel’s Center for Psychosocial Support of Survivors of the Holocaust and the Second Generation.

The Days of Remembrance schedule includes:

Wednesday, May 4, 7 PM, Congregation Agudas Achim

Austin will observe Yom Hashoah Holocaust Memorial Day beginning Wednesday, May 4 at 7 PM with a Community Observance at Congregation Agudas Achim, 7300 Hart Lane, on the Dell Jewish Community Campus. Co-sponsors include Shalom Austin, the Austin Anti-Defamation League and area congregations.

Madene Shachar, Director of the International Desk of the Ghetto Fighters House Museum in Israel, the world’s first museum commemorating Jewish heroism and resistance during the Holocaust, will speak on “Remembering the Holocaust: Who’s Job Is It Anyway?”

The 75-minute program will include the lighting of memorial candles by local survivors and children of survivors, special memorial prayers, a ceremonial reading of the names of Holocaust victims and a preview of the Austin Jewish Repertory Theater’s new production of “As Butterflies,” a musical based on poems written by children interned in the infamous Terezinstadt concentration camp.

Shachar is one of two Holocaust educators from the Partnership2Gether with the Western Galilee visiting Austin during the Days of Remembrance. She will be joined by Dganit Adan, Western Galilee Director of AMCHA: The National Israel Center for Psychosocial Support of Holocaust Survivors and the Second Generation.

Austin has been connected to the Partnership2Gether with the Western Galilee since 2007, a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federations of North America promoting people-to-people relationships. In addition to sending and receiving numerous visiting delegation, the Jewish Federation collaborated with Ballet Austin and the Partnership on the international premiere of “Light: The Holocaust and Humanity Project” in Akko in 2013, including visits to the Ghetto Fighters House Museum.

Days of Remembrance programs will continue of May 5 and 6:

Jewish communal rabbis, professionals and educators are invited to a JPRO Austin Luncheon on Thursday, May 5 at Noon at the JCC where Dganit Adan will address “The Hidden Past,” her personal story of growing up on a kibbutz and discovering her family history and the unique challenges of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

JPRO Austin Luncheon,
Open to All Jewish Community Professional Staff By Advance Reservation
Dganit Adan, “The Hidden Past”

Thursday, May 5, 7 PM, Congregation Beth Israel

Congregation Beth Israel will host a special program for middle schoolers and their families on Thursday, May 5 at 7 PM in the Chapel at 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd also featuring Dganit Adan.

A Special Yom HaShoah Program for Middle Schoolers and Their Families
Dganit Adam, “The Hidden Past”

Friday, May 6, 11:30 AM, B’nai Abraham Brenham Historic Synagogue

A Special Yom HaShoah Program for Senior Adults with Madene Schachar and Dganit Adan

Madene Shacharhas been aneducator and museum guide at the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum since 2000. Her work includes guiding and curriculum development in the children's memorial museum, Yad Layeled, as well as the history museum. In a joint project with the Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum in NYC, Madene was co-writer of six Israel-based biographies in the educational program Coming of Age during the Holocaust: Coming of Age Now (2008). In 2012, she co-authored an article entitled The Role of Experiential Learning in Holocaust Education. Her research interests include Holocaust education, Holocaust Memorials and the representation on the Holocaust in the museum space. Ms. Shachar has given lectures on the Holocaust in both Europe and the United States, including two delegations to Partnership communities. She is currently directing an internship in conjunction with the International Holocaust Studies Master Program at the University of Haifa in which she prepares interns to create, develop and implement Holocaust curriculum for sixth grade students in an Israeli school.

Dganit Adanwasborn and raised on a Kibbutz in the south of Israel and moved to the Wester Galilee with her family ten years ago. Eight years ago, she started the Western Galilee branch of AMCHA—The National Israel Center for Psychosocial Support of Survivors of the Holocaust and the Second Generation.

When applying for the job as Director, she was asked whether she was a second generation survivor but wasn’t sure. This led her on a journey to discover her hidden past. Her story of a social worker and psychotherapist working with Holocaust survivors and uncovering her own family history is not unique. In many families of survivors there is a "code of silence."

For more information, contact Jay Rubin at (512) 735-8006 or jay.rubin@shalomaustin.org.