Rabbi David M. Posner, the long-time spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, received the Community Leadership Award at the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives on October 16.
Dr. Diane B. Call, Interim President of Queensborough Community College, opened the program welcoming guests and thanking Rabbi Posner for his “interest and commitment to the younger generation so that the stories of survivors will continue to be told.”
“Rabbi Posner has often taken time from his many duties and travelled to Queens to work with the students of Queensborough to bring forward and utilize the lessons of the Holocaust,” added Dr. Arthur Flug, Executive Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center.
Others who attended the occasion included survivors, faculty members, College administrators, members of the surrounding community and Cantor Rabbi Moti Fuchs, who gave a musical presentation.
Michael Resnick, President of Sinai Chapels, was awarded the first annual Community Leadership Award this past spring.
The Kupferberg Holocaust Center offers thousands of visitors access to unique exhibits, original documents and photographs, a library of Holocaust-themed books and a collection of audio tapes preserving the testimony of local Holocaust survivors.
Internship applications from students of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and academic disciplines have tripled at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center. Through the internship program, students learn about moral dilemmas and why it is important to become informed citizens of both local and global issues. The initial training culminates with student interns interviewing survivors about their experiences during World War II.
This fall, the Kupferberg Holocaust Center announced an internship program beginning for students to learn about the victims of aggression in Asia during World War II. The internship program, co-sponsored by Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE), will feature intern interviews with local Asian-American residents who were teenagers during World War II and suffered trauma during the occupation of their countries.