Events in the Region

Please view the information below to learn more about upcoming events in the region. Please click on the title to learn more about a particular event. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Philadelphia Benefit Dinner
Title: “2017 Philadelphia Dinner: Benefit Event
Organizer: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Date &  Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 6:30pm reception, 7:30pm dinner
Cost: $250 per ticket
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
For more information or to sponsor: click here

Work of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide and their steadfast dedication to global action and international response will be featured.

Attendees will hear from Naomi Kikoler, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and deputy director of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center, and Mouaz Moustafa. He is an eyewitness to the conflict in Syria and the executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force and political director of United for a Free Syria. Their accounts prompt us to consider our obligation to those threatened by mass atrocities today.

For questions, please contact Courtney Campbell at 202-314-7877 or by email at

Call for Proposals
Title: “ Public Health, Mental Health, & Mass Atrocity Prevention
A joint project of the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR) and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR)

Papers due: Monday, October 16, 2017
For more information: click here

The focus of this joint project is on the role of public and mental health in mass atrocity prevention (that is, large scale and deliberate attacks on civilians, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide). This multi-year initiative will begin to build a body of knowledge, culminating in an edited volume, on how public and mental health policies and practices (that is, actions meant to protect and promote the health of entire societies, and that employ multidisciplinary interventions to address the underlying causes of health and disease) can aid in lowering recidivism of past abuses and the prevention of mass atrocity.

Submitters of accepted abstracts will be invited to an onsite workshop at Cardozo Law Institute in New York City in the Spring of 2018.  

Public Program
Title: “To Protect and Serve? Dilemmas in Law Enforcement”
Organizer: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Speaker: Marcus Appelbaum, Director, Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Speaker: Charles H. Ramsey, Commissioner (Ret.), Philadelphia Police Department and  former Chief, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia

Date &  Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 |  7:00pm
Cost: Free
University of Pennsylvania
Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
For more information: click here

Law enforcement personnel are called upon to protect and defend democratic values while helping to keep the peace in communities around the world. As the Nazi Party implemented its campaign of hate and violence against Jews, police and military helped enforce laws that violated the ideals of service and protection.

The Museum invites law enforcement personnel to participate in programming to examine the roles played by their historical counterparts in Nazi Germany—including those who cooperated and those who did not. Join us for a discussion with today’s law enforcement leaders to learn how Holocaust history is helping new recruits and veteran officers better understand their own professional and individual responsibilities.

For questions, please contact registration assistance at 202.460.0460 or by email at 

Past Events

Lecture Event with Rwanda Genocide Survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza

Title: “Immaculee Ilibagiza: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Forgiveness
Speaker: Rebecca Erbelding, Archivist, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Lecture Event

Date &  Time: Friday, July 21, 2017 | 7:00pm
Cost: $15
St. Mary of the Pines Church
100 Bishop Lane
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Rwandan Genocide Survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza will share her experiences during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Please send a stamped self-addressed return envelope, along with a check for $15 payable to St. Mary’s, to Carole Gordon, 225 Privateer Road, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.   Call Carole Gordon 609-698-3664 or Grace Gerhauser 609-698-1811 if you have any questions.

This event is sponsored by St. Mary of the Pines Church in Manahawkin, NJ.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Title: “Americans’ Responses to Jewish Refugees: Wrestling with Fear and Moral Responsibility
Speaker: Rebecca Erbelding, Archivist, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Lecture Event

Date &  Time: Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 7:00pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
Registration link: Click here
Temple Beth Hillel – Beth El
1001 Remington Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Xenophobia, antisemitism, economic insecurity, and restrictive immigration laws. These were the barriers Jewish refugees faced in the 1930–40s when seeking safe haven in the United States. More than 70 years later, how can this history help us think about the world we live in today? 

This event is co-presented with Template Beth Hillel-Beth El.For questions, please contact Registration Assistance at or call 202-460-0460

Genocide Remembrance Event | Times Square in New York
Title: “Remembering the Armenian Genocide
Hosted by the Knights of Vartan and the Daughters of Vartan
Remembrance Event

Date &  Time: Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 2:00pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
Times Square
43rd St. & Broadway
Manhattan, NY 10036

On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm, thousands of devoted Armenian-Americans and their friends and supporters will gather in Times Square (43rd St. & Broadway) to commemorate the first genocide of the 20th Century, The Armenian Genocide (Medz Yeghern).

This historic event will pay tribute to the 1.5 million Armenians who were annihilated by the Young Turk Government of the Ottoman Empire and to the millions of victims of subsequent genocides worldwide. Speakers will include civic, religious, humanitarian, educational, cultural leaders, and performing artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Free bus transportation to and from Times Square is included. For more information, call Sam Melkonian at 516.352.2587 Brooklyn, NY (corner of Coney Island Ave. and Brighton Beach Ave.) call Tigran Sahakyan at 347.291.7765 New Jersey Armenian Churches call Leo Manuelian at 917.418.3940 (cell) or 201.746.0409 (home)

For more information, please click here.

Genocide Remembrance Event | Philadelphia, PA
Title: “Remembering the Past, Building the Future
Speaker: Aram Hamparian, Armenian National Committee Executive Director
Remembrance Event

Date &  Time: Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 2:00pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church
8701 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128

This event will also feature Allan Arpajiab and Susan Arpajian Jolley, authors of the 2016 book Out of My Greet Sorrows as well as a performance by the Armenian Sisters Academy.

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