The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida
APRIL 30,2006 –4 pm

Grammy-nominated pianist

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida’s annual community wide observance of Yom HaShoah, the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust, will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 4pm in the gymnasium of the Jewish Community Center, 851 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland. The program is open to the entire community with no admission charge.

In tribute to her mother, concert pianist Mona Golabek, a nationally syndicated NPR radio host, has written The Children of Willesden Lane – Beyond the Kindertransport: A memoir of Music, Love and Survival (Warner Books). The book tells the story of how Lisa Jura, a child piano prodigy, was sent away to England by her family to escape the Nazis, but continued to study her music despite living in a overcrowded home for child refugees and working long hours in a garment factory. The book is now accompanied by a teaching curriculum and has been read by students in classes throughout America.

“A poignant and heart-wrenching true story that captures the power of one person’s dedication to music and immense love for the human spirit in one of the darkest moments in history.â€?

– Zubin Mehta

“Mona Golabek has written a beautiful book…An inspiring tribute to the power of a mother’s love.â€? – Meryl Streep

Co-Chairs of the Yom HaShoah committee are Patti Ambinder and Ina Porth. Also serving on the committee are: Mitchell Bloomer, Patty DeYoung, Randye Falk, Dr. Moises and Anne Feldman, Danielle Feldman, Aaron Hilbun, Lisa Ferrigno, Kim Fischer, Aaron Goldman, Velma Grasseler, Helen Greenspun, Dr. Daniel Jacobs, Valerie Kahn, Dr. Philip Kalfin, Father Larry Lossing, Kris McIntyre, Dr. Laurence Ruggiero, Dr. Stan Sujka, Tess Wise, Sherry Wright, Jennifer Ritter and Eva Ritt.

On display at the Holocaust Memorial Center, 851 North Maitland Avenue will be the exhibition Memories of My Life In Poland Art by Toby Knobel Fluek. Following the Yom HaShoah commemoration the Holocaust Memorial Center will be open to view the art and to visit the museum. There will be a book signing and copies of Mona Golabek’s book will be available for sale.

At the Yom HaShoah observance awards will be presented to the winners of the Center’s Annual Student Creative Arts Contest for students. The theme for this year’s contest is Remember the Children. Last year over 500 students from the tri county area participated in the contest.

As a special incentive this year, copies of the book, with a teacher’s guide, will be distributed to teachers whose students participate in the 2006 Creative Arts contest. The first 500 who submit their visual art or creative writing entries will also receive a copy of Mona’s book.

The commemorative event also includes lighting of memorial candles, a musical performance by Lisa Ferrigno, violin, Concertmaster, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Goldman, flute, Orlando Philharmonic, and Aaron Hilbun, English horn and oboe, Bach Festival Orchestra. Valerie Kahn will sing the national anthems.

This program is supported through generous grants from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, Darden Restaurants Foundation and Dr. Mitchell Shapiro Memorial Fund. This project is also funded by the United Arts of Central Florida. Inc, State of Florida, Department of State – Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

The Holocaust Memorial Center is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday – Thursday, 9 am to 1 pm on Friday and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday.

For information: 407-628-0555