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Voices of Hope Hosting January Events

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A virtual conversation with the author of a book about West Hartford resident and Holocaust survivor Ruth Lazowski, and a commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day are scheduled for January.


Voices of Hope and Connecticut’s Jewish Federations will present “Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love” on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Join Elizabeth Lazowski, granddaughter of Ruth Lazowski. in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Frankel. The book centers around Ruth Lazowski’s story of surviving the Holocaust. “Into the Forest” was named a top 10 history book of 2021 by Smithsonian Magazine.

Books can be purchased at Amazon.com and RJ Julia Bookstores.

Registration is required to attend. Please register at https://bit.ly/IntoTheForest124

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In addition, please join Voices of Hope and the Jewish Federation Association of CT on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. to virtually commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The United Nations General Assembly designated Jan. 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

The program also includes the presentation of the 2022 Chesed Award, which is bestowed on individuals who demonstrate exemplary “acts of loving kindness” to Andy Sarkany. The Simon Konover Recognition for Excellence in Holocaust Education award will be presented to the following educators: Ian Lowell, Jessica Palliardi, Lauren Thompson, and Kimberly Ballaro. This year, we are also recognizing Classical Magnet and the three Fairfield Middle Schools with a new award, The HERO Center Award for Schoolwide Excellence in Teaching Holocaust and other Genocides.

Registration is required, and please register here: https://lnkd.in/eQNgsmEk

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