Nicole Beahan

Nicole Beahan Today we cast a spotlight on the recipient of this year’s Toby Ticktin Back Education & Excellence Award. The award is named for the founder of the Holocaust Education Resource Organization of Buffalo (formerly Holocaust Resource Center) and is...

Dr. Matthew Giordano

Dr. Matthew Giordano Today we are proud to cast a spotlight on the recipient of this year’s Sophia Veffer Upstander Award, Dr. Matthew Giordano. The award is named in honor of local Holocaust survivor, Sophia Veffer, who has dedicated her life to creating a more just...

Zachary Wexler

Zachary Wexler This week, we’re shining a spotlight on Zachary Wexler, a student at SUNY Cortland, studying Sport Management. After October 7, Zachary found himself in a unique environment responding to student-led backlash and protest: aboard a boat. He, along with...

Dr. Andy Symons

Dr. Andy Symons Today we are delighted to cast a spotlight on Dr. Andy Symons who earlier in the week shared personal reflections at the community Yom Hazikaron commemoration at Temple Beth Zion. Below are excerpts from his comments. …I first encountered Israel as a...

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6 – May 10, 2024), we are spotlighting three outstanding Jewish WNY teachers – Julia Helfman, Max Zimmerman, and Liat Notaro.  This annual commemoration originated in 1953 when Eleanor...

Renee Joffe, z”l

Renee Joffe, z”l This week we remember Holocaust survivor Renee Joffe who died earlier this week at the age of 99. Renee’s extraordinary impact in our community was groundbreaking, and we are deeply grateful for her vision and unwavering commitment to Holocaust...