September 23, 2020 @ 7:00PM — 8:30PM
A virtual community gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of Voices of Hope, to present the L'Dor V'Dor Award and the Simon Konover Recognition for Excellence in Holocaust Teaching, and to thank our donors and constituents.
Join us for our Virtual Evening of Hope
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 7:00 PM
Special Guest, Elisha Wiesel
Voices of Hope is honored to welcome Elisha Wiesel as our special guest.
Elisha was named Shlomo Elisha, after his paternal grandfather, Shlomo, who died at age 50 after a death march to the Buchenwald concentration camp. His father, Elie Wiesel z"l, is an internationally renowned Holocaust survivor, author, professor, activist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Gayle’s father, Abby Weiner, z”l, was a Holocaust survivor who had spoken at numerous schools, colleges, and other venues about his experiences. His incredible impact remains palpable in the many communities he touched with his testimony. Abby was born in Sighet, Romania, as was Elie Wiesel. The two young boys were brought to Auschwitz concentration camp on the same transport, and received tattooed numbers only a few numbers apart. Weiner and Wiesel were in touch after liberation. In 2002, Gayle and her parents went back to the 4 concentration camps where her father had been held as a young boy.
Gayle is passionate about providing improved treatments and ultimately finding the cure for Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD). Her daughter Alyssa has GSD type 1a, a Jewish genetic disease. She is Trustee and Founder of the Global Center For Glycogen Storage Disease. In 2006, Gayle and Steve created Alyssa’s Angel Fund in order to provide GSD patients and their families with financial assistance if necessary, in order to get the medical care they need.
The Simon Konover Recognition for Excellence in Holocaust Teaching
The Holocaust Education Resource and Outreach (HERO) Center, a joint initiative between Voices of Hope and the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, is proud to present this recognition in honor of Simon Konover, z"l, who survived the unthinkable during the Holocaust and lived his life "minute to minute, not hour to hour". Simon's lifelong passion and generosity has been instrumental in our community. The Simon Konover recognition will be presented to the many dedicated heroes who came together during this international pandemic to ensure that we continue to educate and commemorate. Each individual has been essential in helping our communities to Never Forget.
2020 Evening of Hope Committee
Chair: Adele Jacobs
Lisa Fishman, Monica Gold, Rona Gollob, Anna Huttner, Deb Luster, Sarah Michaels, Jessica Samuels, Marge Swaye and Gayle Temkin
Professionals: Kimberly Ballaro, Kathy Fishman and Robin Landau