Hundreds Attend Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough

Sunday, June 3, 2007, Bayside, NY – More than 350 friends and supporters came to Queensborough Community College on June 3rd to help launch the new Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives building at the College.

“We are thrilled by the outpouring of commitment to the mission of the Kupferberg Center that was shown today,” says Queensborough President, Dr. Eduardo J. Marti.

Along with Dr. Marti, Harriet Kupferberg, Chair of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives Fundraising Committee and Dr. Arthur Flug, Executive Director of the Kupferberg Center, guest speakers included Allan Dobrin, Executive Vice Chancellor of the City University of New York, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, CUNY Trustee and Dr. Sandra Delson, Chair of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center Advisory Board.

The local legislators who joined us and addressed the hundreds of attendees were:
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall
State Senator Frank Padavan
Council Member David Weprin
Assemblyman Mark Weprin
Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn
Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer
Council Member James Gennaro

For almost a quarter of a century, the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Center has been a vital source of Holocaust programs for both the students and residents in greater New York. The creation of the new 7,000 square foot Kupferberg Center will allow the college to expand its mission to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping. The Center will continue to provide customized exhibits as well as research and teaching support, and serve as a comprehensive learning laboratory for the entire community. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2008, the building will be a unique architectural statement featuring a dramatic interplay of light and glass to symbolize awareness, hope and the lasting memory of those who were victims of the Holocaust.

Call the Kupferberg Center at 718-281-5770, or e-mail hrc@qcc.cuny.edu for more information on programs and to learn how to become a member of the Kupferberg Center at Queensborough Community College. Visit the Center’s website at www.qcc.cuny.edu/HRCA.