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Targum Shlishi Supports Holocaust Studies Community Symposium October 13-14

October 7, 2012Targum Shlishi and Raquel and Aryeh Rubin are helping to support a free Holocaust Studies Community Symposium that brings several renowned scholars to Miami to discuss the Holocaust and its ramifications. The symposium is hosted by the Adrienne ArshtCenter for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and is part of the three-month, county-wide human rights collaboration LIGHT/THE HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY PROJECT, which complements the ballet of the same name to be performed by Ballet Austin at the Arsht Center on November 3-4.

Symposium speakers include Michael Berenbaum, a scholar, consultant, filmmaker, author, and former director of the United States Holocaust Museum Research Institute; William Meinecke, historian at the National Institute for Holocaust Education; Cheyenne Martin, author; Rafael Medoff, founding director of The David Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies; and Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Miami-Dade County Public Schools specialist on Holocaust education, who also is moderating the symposium.

“We applaud the Arsht Center for its initiative in conceiving and taking on this project—not only the free Holocaust symposium that we are supporting, but the entire three months of programming designed to educate our students and our community about the Holocaust and about human rights principles and the pernicious effects on society of bigotry and hate,” says Raquel Rubin, co-director of Targum Shlishi. “This is an ambitious project that will reach a wide audience. The Arsht Center is operating on the premise that keeping the lessons of the Holocaust alive will help us to create a more just and tolerant present and future. This is a worthy goal.”

The free Holocaust Studies Community Symposium is held at the Knight Concert Hall beginning Saturday, October 13 at 8pm and continuing on Sunday, October 14, from 10am to 5pm. Tickets may be reserved in advance or procured immediately prior to the event, as space allows; contact the Arsht Center for more information (305.949.6722 or The schedule is as follows:


What We Know About the Holocaust, What We Have Learned and What We Still Want to Know
Dr. Michael Berenbaum
8 PM


The Twisted Road to Auschwitz From Nazi Ideology to Annihilation: A Visual Historical Overview of the Holocaust as told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dr. William Meinecke
10:00 AM -11:45 AM

The Healing Profession During Auschwitz From Mengele to Medical Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto
Dr. Cheyenne Martin
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

The Holocaust as Reflected in Literature, Diaries and Memoirs
Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

America’s Response to the Holocaust through the Eyes of Political Cartoonists
Dr. Rafael Medoff
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

The Power of Film in Holocaust Reflection “The Pigeon”
Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in 2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and education programs. Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the venue comprises the 2,400-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, the black box Carnival Studio Theater, a restored Carnival Tower, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Studio, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Education Center, and the outdoor Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. For more information visit its website at

About Targum Shlishi

Targum Shlishi is dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today. Premised on the conviction that dynamic change and adaptation have historically been crucial to a vibrant and relevant Judaism and to the survival of its people, Targum Shlishi’sinitiatives are designed to stimulate the development of new ideas and innovative strategies that will enable Jewish life, its culture, and its traditions to continue to flourish. For more information on the foundation visit its website at


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