Tenafly Holocaust commemoration

Tenafly Holocaust commemoration

To commemorate the Holocaust, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly will screen the film “Besa: The Promise,” on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

The film combines the first-person accounts of Norman H. Gershman, a Jewish-American photographer who documented the lives of some of the Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, and Rexhep Hoxha, who sought to fulfill the promise his father made to a Jewish family by returning a set of Jewish books they left behind.

The commemoration concludes with the presentation of the Abe Oster Holocaust Remembrance award to a high school student who creates a work of fine art that conveys the continuing relevance of the Holocaust in the 21st century. A candle-lighting ceremony will be included as well.

Some of Mr. Gershman’s black-and-white portraits of Jews who were rescued in Albania and Kosovo during the war will be on display, and it will remain up in the Waltuch Gallery at the JCC in May.

The annual program is made possible through the Martin Perlman & Jo-Ann Hassan Holocaust Education Institute. For information, call (201) 408-1418 or email ryung@jccotp.org.

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