Names, Not Numbers ©

In partnership with UJA Federation NY

An Exclusive Premiere Screening of a Student Produced  Holocaust  Documentary

Sunday, April 7, 2024 | 6:00 pm

Stage 74 Theater at the SYJCC
74 Hauppauge Rd.
Commack, NY

Join us for a “Names, Not Numbers” documentary film screening on Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 6:00 pm. This original documentary chronicles the life of three local Holocaust survivors: Rosalie Simon, Manfred Korman, and Rachel Epstein. It was created by SYJCC teens in “Names, Not Numbers,” a unique program where students learn to combine research, journalism, and video production to capture and share the stories of Holocaust survivors so that they are never forgotten.

Light dessert refreshment reception will follow after the screening.

2024 Trailer

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Names, Not Numbers© program brings teens together to learn about the Holocaust through a unique, engaging, and memorable experience that combines research, interviews, video production, documentary film tools, and film editing. Rather than learning in a traditional classroom setting, students meet in person with Holocaust survivors and create an unforgettable film documenting the survivors’ lives.

This year, a group of 18 students from diverse backgrounds met regularly at SYJCC, facilitated by program coordinator, Jane Fossner Pashman. During meetings, they participated in sessions to learn more about the history of the Holocaust, its timeline, and the roles of conspirators, bystanders, and upstanders.  They then met with a local journalist to learn interviewing techniques, which included how to craft appropriate questions that can categorize a survivor’s experience before the war, during the war, and after the war.  In small groups, students were matched with a Holocaust survivor, and they spent weeks researching their particular story. To prepare for the interview, students gained professional video techniques and skills from a videographer, and the necessary elements to edit and produce a documentary.

The final Names, Not Numbers documentary is presented to the community at a premiere screening event on April 7, 2024. The film will also be archived at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem (the world’s perminent Holocaust museum and resource center).

Names, Not Numbers© is an interactive, multimedia Holocaust project created by Tova Fish-Rosenberg. The Names, Not Numbers© program is generously supported by a prominent national foundation and by UJA Federation of Long Island. 

2024 Students:

Lauren Ayres
Hannah Bloom
Noah Caplan
Bella Feder
Rachel Feder
David Futeran
Alex Higbee
Izzie Karten
Eden Klonsky
Jordana Kofler
Hannah Krinsky
Chloe Leshnower
Chelsea Margolis
Jordan Shallat
Dani Scheinson
Chloe Swartz
Michael Wagner
Sammy Weinstein

TICKETS

Advance Tickets (General Admission) $25
At the Door $36
Students 18 & Under $5

Please consider sponsoring this important event, which will enable us to continue to support Holocaust education and programs to combat antisemitism in our community. 

Sponsorship Levels:

$180 – Friend – Includes 2 Tickets with Reserved Seating
$360 – Supporter – Includes 4 Tickets with Reserved Seating
$720 – Bronze – Includes 8 Tickets with Reserved Seating
$1000 – Silver – Includes 10 Tickets with Reserved Seating
$1800 – Gold – Includes 15 Tickets with Reserved Seating
$3600 – Platinum – Includes 20 Tickets with Reserved Seating – Name Mentioned from the Stage
$5400 – Diamond – Admission for Unlimited Guests with Reserved Seating – Name Mentioned from the Stage – Inclusion in Social Media Marketing

All sponsorship levels will be listed in the Film Premiere Program and signage at the event

For more information contact Michele Posner at [email protected] or 516-822-3535, x319

To Become a Sponsor, please

SURVIVORS

Pearl Friend

RACHEL EPSTEIN

Born: April 29, 1932 in Compiegne, France

Early one morning in 1942, Rachel was 10 years old and French police knocked on the front door of her family’s apartment – the Nazis told French law police to detain all Jewish people and Rachel’s parents – Srul and Chana Malmed – were taken away. It was the last time Rachel and her 5-year-old brother, Leon, saw their parents. She later learned they were killed in Auschwitz.

Before the two young children could be removed, their non-Jewish neighbors, Henri and Suzanne Ribouleau, stepped in to save them. The decision could have cost the couple their lives if they were found to have two Jewish children in their home. However, they risked everything and treated Rachel and Leon like their own and hid them for the next three years.

Nearly all of Rachel’s other family members died, but after the war, she discovered an aunt living in New York. Therefore, in December 1949, Rachel arrived in the United States to stay with her aunt. She had to leave her brother behind in France, which was devastating to her. Thirteen years later, she was married with two children and they were finally able to bring over Leon, his wife and their little two-year-old boy. Rachel has been married to her husband, Izzy, for 70 years and they have two daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Irene Halegua

MANFRED KORMAN

Born: December 21st, 1931 in Hamburg, Germany

Manfred Korman was born in Germany in 1931. Hitler came to power when Manny was only 2 years old. In 1938, when Manny was 7, there was a knock at the door, and the police told them that their family was being kicked out of Germany. Manny’s father had Polish citizenship, and all Jewish families with Polish ties were being deported to Poland.

Manny’s father was able to go back to Germany to get their belongings, and Manny and his older brother Gerd stayed in Poland with their mother. In 1939, knowing she had no other choice, Manny’s mother decided to send her two young sons off to England’s Kindertransport program, which was accepting up to 10,000 Jewish children for safety, where they would stay with English host families. Manny and Gerd were only 7 and 10 years old, but they were fortunate to be saved by the Kindertransport, and spent the war years in a small English village.

Manny’s father was on the legendary ship, the St. Louis, which traveled the world, unsuccessfully looking for a port willing to take in Jewish refugees. His mother was the first in the family to make it to the United States and then struggled to bring the others here as well. They were finally reunited in 1946. Manny got married here in the US, and became a teacher and junior high school principal in Queens. He has 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.

Meir Usherovitz

ROSALIE SIMON

Born: July 25, 1931 in Teresva, Czechoslovakia

Rosalie Lebovic Simon, born in Czechoslovakia, was the youngest of 7 children in her family. She was a gifted student but she was expelled from school in 1943 when Jewish children were no longer allowed to attend school. On the sixth day of Passover, April 14, 1944 Hungarian police knocked on their door and ordered them first to a ghetto located in Mátészalka, Hungary, and then eight weeks later to Auschwitz Birkenau. There she and her four sisters were separated from her parents and her brother, William. Rosalie never saw her mother again.

Twice selected for the gas chambers, she was saved by the kindness of others. Eventually she was transported with her sisters to labor camps where they work making munitions. Liberated in 1945 by the American army, Rosalie and her sisters, after finding their father, returned to their hometown, to a ghost town with the Jewish homes emptied. Not yet, fourteen years old Rosalie was faced with some bitter truths. Her life and the lives of her family had been torn to pieces as if by wolves. However, she writes, “at least we had our lives.”

When she was eighteen, Rosalie immigrated to the United States, living for a time in Baltimore, Maryland, where she met her husband, Sidney. Rosalie has three children, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren—these are not only her revenge on Hitler but also her hope for the future.

Names, Not Numbers INC© is an interactive, multi-media Holocaust project created by educator, Tova Fish-Rosenberg

All funds raised will help to support Holocaust educational programming at the SYJCC