Summer Music Festival!

Come one, come all to the HAMEC Summer Music Festival!

This Sunday join more than 250 people as we celebrate the accomplishments of our 30 survivors, liberators, and resisters reaching more than 48,000 students and adults this year with their testimonies!

Aug. 2, 1-4pm at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA​.

Live Klezmer music, food, vendors, and fun for all!  Proceeds support 500 Holocaust Awareness programs in Philadelphia area schools next year helping to fulfill PA’s new education requirement!

RSVP to info@hamec.org or 215-464-4701 Summer Fest

#FiveStarFriday!

5star_copy5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by true events, 94 Maidens is an unforgettable story of heroism, resistance, martyrdom, and survival. By Jeannie Bon

“Written by Rhonda Fink-Whitman, a well respected #Jewish educator, whose mother endured the Holocaust.  An authentic emotion churning telling of the atrocities yes, but more importantly of the courage and tenacity of these 94 maidens.  Read it!!”

Thank you, Jeannie Bon!  Your exciting synopsis and wonderful 5-star review are appreciated more than words can say! ~ Rhonda

The verdict is in

Former Nazi officer Oskar Groening, known as the “Accountant of ‪‎Auschwitz‬”, was sentenced today to serve four years in a German prison for his crimes against humanity.
He was at the gate when ‪‎94 Maidens‬Manfred arrived.   

Read the entire story here

While four years doesn’t seem like nearly enough of a punishment to fit the crime, the German ruling sets a good precedent for the world to see and take note.
#‎Holocaust‬ ‪ #‎justice‬Groening

#FiveStarFriday – American Style!

American 5 star

Wishing everyone a very Happy Independence Day!
God bless America and Happy Birthday to Rhonda!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Stories 
94 Maidens is part historical novel, part reality investigation. Rhonda Fink-Whitman transports us back to the time of the Holocaust, and spares no one of the horrors. You see the violence and oppression of Nazi Germany towards Europe’s Jews, and through the eyes of girls and young women caught up in it.You are then shifted to a real time investigation by the author and her family for a history they didn’t completely count on.
From evidence and conversations, we find history is forgotten, but in some cases not even learned.No spoilers…you have to follow Rhonda’s story, and those of the Maidens to the end. You are reminded of what happened, and the story will stay with you.
Well done, Rhonda, well done.”
Aww!  Thank you so much, tgfabthunderbird!  That is a most wonderfully written review and the best kind of birthday present for me!  “In some cases not even learned”…you got that right! Couldn’t have said it better myself!  Have a fabulous fourth! ~ With love, Rhonda
  

One Year Later

An Update on Pennsylvania’s new Holocaust and Genocide Education Law…Bill Signing Ceremony3aGov. Corbett shakes hands with "the kid on the cover" of 94 MaidensIt was exactly one year ago that then PA Governor Tom Corbett signed HB 1424 into law.

Since then, the PA Department of Education has been hard at work developing a curriculum with help and guidance from the following five prestigious organizations:

USHMM
ADL
Shoah Foundation
American arm of Yad Vashem
Facing History and Ourselves

The curriculum will target students in grades 5 through 12 and is expected to be in place by the end of this month.  Teacher training begins in September.

See what we did?  Change is achievable if you want it, will it, and make it happen.

Now let’s see some other states follow Pennsylvania’s lead!

Educate yourself, teach others.
With love,
Rhonda

Photos ©Scott Weiner 2014

KISS A VET

The #‎Kissavet‬ Challenge has begun!  Pucker up, Jimmy Fallon!
View the 5 minute VIDEO

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The patriotic idea for the “Kiss A Vet Challenge” (#kissavet) was conceived on Memorial Day, mobilized on the 71st Anniversary of D-Day, and is expected to be in full gear by July 4, 2015.  Its goal is to bring awareness to the issues plaguing America’s veterans, including homelessness, unemployment, inadequate health care, and lengthy waiting periods for claims being processed by the VA.

The challenge is simple.  Much like the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” “94 Maidens” author/activist and “The Mandate Video” director/producer Rhonda Fink-Whitman and WWII hero Don Greenbaum challenge people all across America to kiss a veteran! Whether the vet had returned from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, or served their country in some other way, they deserve a kiss!

Here’s how to do it in four basic steps:

1. Videotape yourself kissing a veteran.  Don’t forget to introduce your vet and tell us a little about his or her service in the United States military!

2. Post it to social media.

3. Use the hashtag #kissavet

4. Challenge others to do the same!  Call people out by name on your video!  Tag them!

It’s that easy!  If you want to make a donation, the USO is a great place to start!  The USO supports our troops.  Donate to the USO here: http://www.libertyuso.org/
There are other organizations as well that aid our American heroes and their families. Please do your research before donating.

Let’s go, America!  Kiss A Vet!  Let’s see how many vets we can get kissed all across the USA! Do it now!  You’ve been challenged!!!  And a special shout out to show us what ya got, Jimmy Fallon!

God bless our troops!  God bless America!  #kissavet

“94 Maidens,” a WWII story inspired by true events, is available at http://www.94maidens.com/ and Amazon in Paperback or Kindle: http://amzn.to/Zgf76v

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Let’s make this happen, America!  It starts with YOU!

Freshman Congressman stands for Israel

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Kudos to Congressman Brendan Boyle for Introducing Legislation Preventing the Federal Pension System from Supporting Companies that Boycott Israel!

Washington, DC- June 4, 2015 Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA-13) introduced a bill that would prevent the federal pension system from investing in companies that boycott Israel.
“This is an important statement of principle and act of fiscal responsibility,” said Congressman Boyle. “It’s time we take a stand and say we will not invest taxpayer dollars, the hard-earned pension dollars of our dedicated federal workforce, in companies
that disinvest in our close ally and trusted friend, Israel. This is a simple but important, overdue step toward addressing this issue.”
Congressman Boyle’s legislation would prohibit investments by the federal retirement system in companies that boycott Israel. The language of the bill is listed below:To prevent the federal pension fund from investing in companies that boycott Israel.
Transactions prohibited by federal retirement systems; companies that boycott Israel.
(a) As used in this Section:
“Boycott Israel” means engaging in actions that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or otherwise limit commercial relations with the State of Israel or companies based in the State of Israel or in territories controlled by the State of Israel”
“Company” means any sole proprietorship, organization, association, corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, or other entity or business association, including all wholly owned subsidiaries, majority-owned subsidiaries, parent countries or affiliates of those entities or business associations, that exist for the purpose of making profit.