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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 8, 2011

(MAHWAH, NJ) – The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Ramapo College and Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom will hold a Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) commemoration on Saturday, April 30. It will commence at 7 p.m. and take place at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom, 280 Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202), Mahwah, NJ 07430.

The commemoration will feature a talk by Dr. Ilana Offenberger on “Vienna 1942: The Deportation and Destruction of a Jewish Community.”  It will chart the process of how an end to emigration from the Reich, steadily increasing impoverishment, restriction, humiliation, and a ban on communication with family and loved ones abroad led to the community final mortal chapter. Dr. Offenberger’s talk will also will also discuss the transformation of the Jewish Community (the Israelitische Kultus Gemeinde) from an institution which promoted the emigration and rescue of 136,000 Viennese Jews to an entity that was forced to organize the deportation to the Third Reich’s ghettos and killing centers of over 55,000 others.

In May 2010, Ilana Offenberger completed her Ph.D. in history on “The Nazification of Vienna and the Response of the Viennese Jews” at the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.  She earned a B.A. in German from Skidmore College.  She has been a Crown Family Doctoral Research Fellow, a Strassler Family Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Fellow, and a Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Graduate Studies Fellow.  She was a fellow of the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies during the 2005-2006 academic year.

The evening also will include a commemorative service conducted by Rabbi Joel Mosbacher program of chorale music performed by the adult choir of Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom, under Cantor David Perper.

For more information contact Michael Riff at 201-684- 7409.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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