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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 1, 2009

MAHWAH – A joint Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) commemoration between Beth Haverim Shir Shalom and the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Ramapo College will be held Monday, April 20 at the temple.  The event is free and open to the public.

Christos Nicola, a caving expert and writer, will relate the story of how three Ukrainian Jewish families survived the Holocaust by hiding in a cave near their village for 344 days.

Nicola, along with Peter L. Taylor, is the author of “The Secret of the Priest’s Grotto. A Holocaust Survival Story.”  He came across the cave by coincidence, began exploring it and found signs of human habitation.  Using the Internet, he located several of the survivors, now living in Canada and the United States.  From them he learned how a Ukrainian peasant helped 38 people, including toddlers and a 75-year-old grandmother, find refuge from the Nazis in the cavern’s four underground rooms.

The evening also will include a program of chorale music performed by the choir of Beth Haverim Shir Shalom, under Cantor David Perper, and the Ramapo Chorale and CantaNOVA, under the direction of Lisa Lutter, assistant professor of music at the College.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom, 280 Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202) in Mahwah.  For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.

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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 CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, 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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