Teaneck offers virtual Holocaust commemoration

Teaneck offers virtual Holocaust commemoration

Hannah Pick-Goslar
Hannah Pick-Goslar

The Teaneck Holocaust Committee of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Teaneck, chaired by Amy Elfman and Felicia Grossman, will commemorate Yom HaShoah with a virtual tribute this year. It’s set for Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Ms. Elfman and Teaneck Mayor James Dunleavy will speak and a screening of a documentary produced by Yad Vashem about the life of Hannah Pick-Goslar, a German/Dutch survivor, 93, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, will follow.

In the film, Hannah speaks about her relationship with Anne Frank. Hannah’s father moved the family from Germany to Amsterdam for safety. She and Anne Frank met in kindergarten there and became best friends. Hannah recalls play dates with Anne in her father Otto’s office, in the building where the Franks eventually sought safe haven. Hannah’s family was arrested and eventually taken to Bergen-Belsen. Hannah and her sister survived; they last saw Anne shortly before Bergen-Belsen was liberated.

Anne Frank and Hannah Pick

As the Teaneck commemoration tries to engage younger generations, this year’s program will include presentations by two great-grandchildren of survivors named in their memory. Eliana Reis, 10, a student at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, will talk about her namesake, Esther Ella Wolkenberg Messing, mother of her grandmother Jeanette Malca, a longtime active member of the Teaneck Holocaust Commemoration Committee. Alex Scharf, 15, a student at Frisch, will talk about his great-grandfather Shimon Alexander Steinberger.

Musician Jonathan Rimberg of Teaneck will perform Yiddish songs and Rabbi Joseph Adler of Teaneck’s Congregation Rinat Yisrael will recite the Kel Maleh. The program will end with reading the names of Teaneck area families who have made donations in memory of “Those We Have Lost.”

For more information or to make a tax deductible donation, go to teaneck-yomhashoa.org. Checks can be mailed to Sharon Penkower Kaplan, 534 Forest Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666. Checks are payable to Jewish Community Council of Greater Teaneck.

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