Monday, April 17, 2017

Holyoke Council for Human Understanding Hosts Annual Holocaust Commemoration

On Thursday, May 4th the Greater Holyoke Council for Human Understanding will host its annual Holocaust Commemoration event at the Holyoke Senior Center at 6:45 pm. The event is sponsored by the Council for Human Understanding, the Holyoke Public Schools, Holyoke Community College, and the Holyoke Council on Aging.

Each year we remember the more than 6 million people who were killed during the Holocaust. This year’s guest speaker is Henia Lewin, a child survivor of the Holocaust who was born in Lithuania and hidden from the Nazis by a Christian family.

Later, she was reunited with her biological parents and eventually moved to the new State of Israel before immigrating to Montreal. While in Canada, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Sir George Williams College and went on to teach in Jewish day schools and synagogues in Canada and the U.S.

Henia earned a Master in Education from the University of Vermont where she became an instructor of Hebrew and Yiddish, advisor to a student Zionist club and director of Hillel. During her sabbatical in Israel, she taught Hebrew to new immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

She received the prestigious 1997 Covenant Award as an Outstanding Jewish Educator in North America. Currently, Henia continues to teach Hebrew and Yiddish to children and adults in the Pioneer Valley, facilitates a memoir-writing group through the 5 College Learning in Retirement, and is president of the Northampton-Amherst chapter of Hadassah.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Council for Human Understanding, please visit

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