May 2024 Newsletter

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2024 Community-wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Upcoming Programs

Speakers Bureau

Dear PHA Members and Friends

Phoenix Holocaust Association hopes you plan to attend Yom HaShoah on Sunday, May 5 as well as the Reading of the Names on Monday, May 6. Both of those events are at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus (Scottsdale Road and Sweetwater). On Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm, we are sponsoring a documentary film entitled Four Winters: A Story of Jewish Partisans Resistance and Bravery in WW2. I am looking forward to seeing this film as there has not been very much exposure to this aspect of resistance during the Holocaust. This story is personal for me. My father and his brothers were partisans and lived and fought in the woods outside of Lublin, Poland for two and a half years.

I hope many, many people will see Fiddler on the Roof at the Phoenix Theatre, on June 2nd for Community Night. Phoenix Holocaust Association has been selected as the company’s charity for June! Please scroll down to purchase your tickets at any rate that is comfortable for you. On Sunday, June 23 (1:30 pm), PHA will host local survivors (and their drivers) for a performance of the show. Tickets are provided by the Claims Conference for them on that day.

I am looking forward to seeing you at some or all of the planned Yom HaShoah events May 5-7 and/or the May Café Europa luncheon. Your participation is vital to our organization.

Best regards,

Sheryl Bronkesh, President

2024 Yom HaShoah Commemoration:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

3:00pm “Memories Among the Generations”

4:00pm Community-wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Location: Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus.

12701 N. Scottsdale Road,

Scottsdale, AZ.

In partnership with the Center for Jewish Philanthropy, please join the Phoenix Holocaust Association (PHA) at its annual community-wide Yom HaShoah observance.


Unto Every Person There is a Name:

A Reading of Names

Monday, May 6, 2024


Location: Outside of the front entrance to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus.

PHA and the Center for Jewish Philanthropy will be co-hosting Unto Every Person There is a Name: A Reading of Names. PHA has reserved 5-minute increments for members to read between 1-2pm and 3-4pm. We encourage you to bring the names of your family members with you to read aloud. Click link below to sign up for your time slot.

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"Why this Passover has deeper meaning for 3 metro Phoenix Jewish families touched by Holocaust"

A beautiful article published for Passover on the front page of the Arizona Republic featuring local Holocaust survivor Rise Stillman and PHA members Zohar Raz and Frank and Hana Lange. Thank you, Paul Rockower and Leslie Feldman, for putting this wonderful article together. 

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We are proud to announce that PHA has been nominated in Jewish News Readers Choice Contest as one of the best Nonprofits. 

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Donations - Thank you for your generous support

For Cafe Europa

Jeff Cain

A Tribute to PHA

Helaine Wasser

Lori Pollock

For Educating Students about the Holocaust

Single Step Foundation

In Memory of Sam and Bronia Bronkesh

Don and Daria Guenther

In Memory of Lenny Sachs, brother of Karen Kanefsky

JG and AS Zimmerman Foundation, Barry Zimmerman

Holocaust Education

Shawn Dunn

Phoenix Holocaust Association (PHA) is extremely grateful to all our donors for their generous financial support. PHA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible. Please consider a regular, monthly donation to Phoenix Holocaust Association.

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I'm Still in Awe with their Decision:

Friday, May 3, at 10AM (MST)

Featured Guest:

Holocaust Survivor

Andre Holten 

Holocaust survivor Andre Holten, 85, will share with the Arizona Jewish Historical Society how he survived the genocide, which claimed the lives of around six million Jews. He was the only survivor of his immediate family, staying alive by stowing away with a righteous family for the last two years of World War II. 


As part of PHA's Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Live, In-Person Screening of Four Winters:

The Story of the Jewish Partisan Resistance and Bravery in WII 

This essential documentary tells the stories of the Jewish partisans who took up arms against Hitler’s war machine. Despite extraordinary odds, over 25,000 Jews fought the Nazis and their collaborators from deep within the forests of Eastern Europe. The last surviving partisans tell their stories to director Julia Mintz who shines a spotlight on their bravery through interviews, archival footage, and historic war records.  


Pre-sale ends tomorrow!

Phoenix Holocaust Association is proud to have been chosen as Phoenix Theater's Community Partner for the month of June 2024. As such, all PHA members and friends have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the 7:00pm Sunday, June 2nd performance of Fiddler on the Roof at a "Pay What You Can" rate. Please use this link for the Community Night Pre-sale which expires on May 2nd: Promo code: PHXHA. Our PHA Holocaust survivors and their drivers will be seeing a daytime performance later in June in lieu of a Café Europa luncheon that month. All other PHA members and friends are encouraged to join us at Community Night on June 2nd.

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2024 Yom Hashoah Comemmoration

May 6, 2024

5:30 p.m. reception,

6 p.m. program


Candle lighting ceremony with special prayers in memory of those killed in the Holocaust

Featured speaker: Björn Krondorfer, director of the Martin-Springer Institute (MSI) at Northern Arizona University  

‘Voices Silenced: Music from the Holocaust,’ a lecture-recital by Hannah Creviston and Baruch Meir, performing piano duets written by composers who were killed in the Holocaust.

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‘The Jewish Escape to Uzbekistan’

Presented by Sandor Lubisch

 Wednesday, May 15 | 10-11:30 a.m.  

Held at the East Valley JCC

Sandor will discuss his book, “Yitzhak’s Escape: The Jewish Flight to Uzbekistan,” which is based on the true story of Sandor's maternal family, who lived in the small Eastern Polish town called Bolechov. 

Sandor M. Lubisch is a retired high school English teacher, reading specialist, professional development specialist, Arizona Master Teacher Mentor, and international education consultant.

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Speakers Bureau

Holocaust survivor Rise Stillman spoke to nearly 100 5th grade students at Cochise Elementary. 

Holocaust survivor Rise Stillman with teacher Barbara Epstein and Cochise principal

Sheila Miller.

PHA board member Tony Fusco and Holocaust survivor Eva Bruder Hance.

Holocaust survivor Eva Bruder Hance spoke to students at Issac Middle School. 

2G Renee Karson spoke to students at Coronado High School

Teacher Julie Erwin from Mountain Trail Middle School in the Paradise Valley School District with 2G Renee Karson.

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The Phoenix Holocaust Association’s Speakers Bureau

The Phoenix Holocaust Association’s Speakers Bureau utilizes Holocaust survivors and their descendants. These speakers share meaningful experiences about the Holocaust and the impact on their lives. These real-life stories will make a lasting impression on your students and provide a memorable complement to your Holocaust curriculum.

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