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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 4, 2007

(Mahwah) – Dr. Michael Riff, director of the Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey, was selected as a recipient of the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award. The award is given to educators who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in teaching about the Holocaust and genocide in their classrooms, as well as to others who are continuing efforts to reduce bias, bigotry and prejudice in their communities.  It will be presented by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and the Anti-Defamation League of New Jersey at an awards luncheon on Sunday, June 10 on the West Windsor campus of the Mercer County Community College.

Founded in 1980 as an independent non-profit organization to sensitize the northern New Jersey community to the tragedy of Hitler’s war against the Jews and other genocides, the Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center is now an integral part of Ramapo College. While it receives support from the college and an allocation from UJA Federation of Bergen County and North Hudson, most of the Center’s funding is from private donations. It is a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and part of the network of similar organizations under the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education.

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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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