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Thursday, October 21, 2010

"Pictures of Resistance" - Booked through 2011

On view at The Breman Museum , Atlanta, Georgia 

"Pictures of Resistance" is completely  booked for 2011 and our 2012 schedule is filling up quickly. 
Two new bookings,  The New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum and Florida Gulf Coast University closed out the year for available months in 2011. 
In December, the exhibit travels to South Africa for a three city tour where Mitch will be bringing the work of JPEF with talks and educator trainings. Recent openings include the exhibit at the Breman Museum in Atlanta, Georgia  and a two month run in Miami, Florida (both in concert with Teaching with 'Defiance' educator workshops). 
"Pictures of Resistance" is a must-see exhibit. The images of Jewish resistance by Faye Schulman are enthralling. Community members attending the exhibit were moved throughout the weeks it was on view.” -- Sally Oken Arts, Culture and Adult Program Director Oshman Family JCC/  Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, Palo Alto, CA

If you are interested in brining "Pictures of Resistance" to your community in 2012  contact:

-Jan Lauren Greenfield


Monday, October 18, 2010

Teaching with 'Defiance' in Palo Alto

Teaching with ‘Defiance’:
Jewish Resistance and the Bielski Partisans 
Free Educator Workshop on Using the Film in Your Classroom
   Wednesday, Nov. 3 – 6:00-9:00
   Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
   450 San Antonio Road - Palo Alto, CA

Find out how to use the film 'Defiance' and the true story of the Bielski Jewish partisans -- who saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, and successfully fought back against the Germans and their collaborators -- to teach History, Ethics, Leadership, Jewish Values and more.

• 30+ pg curriculum
• 'Defiance' film on DVD
• Made-for-classroom DVD of excerpts and primary-source testimonials from former Bielski partisans.

 Bring a colleague and get a $20 Amazon gift card

$20 Deposit required (REFUNDED on completing workshop)
* Register online at or call 415-563-2244 *

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Workshops, Partisan Speakers, Museums and More

In the coming weeks, JPEF has several Teaching with 'Defiance' Educator Institutes coming up in concert with several exciting events:
Oct. 15: Columbia, SC
With keynote speech by Jewish partisan Frank Blaichman, hosted by The South Carolina Council on the Holocaust
Over 80 Educators came to the South Carolina Workshops. In photo, Jewish partisan Frank Blaichman shares his story.
Oct. 17:  Atlanta, GA 
In conjunction with two exhibits at the Bremen Museum: JPEF's 'Pictures of Resistance' and 'Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers'
An educator at the JPEF workshop at the Breman Museum advocates for Zus Bielski's point of view during an an activity as part of the training.

Featured session at the ADL 2010 Holocaust Education Workshop. Includes tour of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust at its new site.
Nov. 4: Palo Alto, CA
JPEF's first South Bay educator institute for several years; hosted by
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School.

More workshops to be announced soon, including Omaha, NE. To bring a JPEF trainer to your community, please contact or 415-53-2244 x104.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

JPEF Celebrates 10 Years with New York Gala Dinner

From the humble beginnings of JPEF in my basement to 280 donors people filling up Park Avenue Synagogue ballroom in New York for our 10th Anniversary Celebration,  this has been quite an experience.

Charlie Blaichman with "Defiance" screenwriter/producer Clay Frohman and JPEF honoree Frank Blaichman with the Lev Aryeh Award.
Dana Tyler, senior news anchor from New York's WCBS was our emcee and engaged everyone during our program with her poise and charm. Clay Frohman, screen/writer of "Defiance" shared his long history with JPEF and read a letter from Liev Schreiber to the audience as Liev could not attend. JPEF board co-chair, Paul Orbuch did a fantastic job with heart felt remarks about growing up as a son of a Jewish partisan.

JPEF board co-chair Paul Orbuch stands between two former
Bielski partisans -- Charles Bedzow and Sam Bloch
Our honorees, Rose and Frank Blaichman and Rose and Joe (z''l) Holm families we chosen as the first recipients of the Lev Aryeh (Heart of the Lion), were very deserving of this award that recognizes Jewish partisans, their families, and those who stand up and make a difference. Varda Yoran, wife of partisan Shalom Yoran designed our award, based on one of her sculptures, and we were very lucky to have this. I know the JPEF staff and board looks forward to next year's award dinner. In fact, I heard a few people talk about "next year's dinner" to my pleasant surprise.

Steven Holm with his mother, JPEF Lev Aryeh Award Honoree
Rose Holm.

At one point during my remarks, I asked all of the partisans, then all the survivors, then the 2nd and 3rd generation to stand up together. It was powerful as about 70 people were standing.
JPEF produced two films for the event narrated by Ed Asner -- first cousin of a Jewish partisan (Abe Asner). One was about our 10 Anniversary --featuring Michael Berenbaum and Clay Frohman-- and the other was the introduction of the honorees. Each film is 4-5 minutes and are below.

Thank you for making it a great 10 years. 

--Mitch Braff
Founder and Executive Director

On the Set of JPEF's E-Learning Shoot