Upcoming Programs and Events

For more information about programs and events, call 248.553.2400.

 

Wednesday, April 5 - Thursday, May 4
The Defiant Requiem: An Encounter in Five Measures

HMC Co-Sponsorship

The highly anticipated “The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin,” premiers in Michigan, Spring 2017. The “Requiem” tells the story of courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp who performed Verdi’s Requiem Mass. This two-hour multimedia performance, created by Conductor Murry Sidlin and performed by The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, combines the music of Verdi with testimony from survivors of the original chorus and footage from propaganda films.

Learn more about “The Defiant Requiem” and Theresienstadt Concentration Camp through lectures, documentary film, and pictures. Then, experience the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s performance of this poignant and important work.

All five encounters are independent. Check each event for specific registration details. Unless otherwise noted, events will take place at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. For general information call 248-205-2557.

 
 
 

Sunday, May 7 / 1:30 pm
Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibit
Tour
Special Docent-Led Exhibit Tour

Join us for a special docent-led tour of our newest exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today. Following the tour you will hear a presentation from a Holocaust survivor.

  • Location: Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
  • Free with museum admission or membership
  • Space is limited. Please RSVP to 248.553.2400, ext. 110
 
 
 

Thursday, May 11 / 2:00 pm
Persona Non Grata

HMC Co-Sponsorship: Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival

Against his country's orders, a Japanese diplomat is-sues visas to refugees, saving thousands of Jewish lives at the outbreak of World War II.

The audacious true story of the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders to save thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination, Persona Non Grata fol-lows Chiune Sugihara from his early days in Manchuria to his posting as Japan’s consul in Lithuania during WWII. Caught between the rigid policies of Japan, bound by treaty with Nazi Germany, and his moral awakening, Sugihara risks career and family by issuing transit visas to imperiled European refugees. The only Japanese recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government and honored at Yad Vashem, Sugihara helped more than 6,000 Jews es-cape to Japanese territory.

  • Location: The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Tickets can be purchased by visiting jccdet.org/filmfest or by calling the box office at 248.661.1900.
 
 
 

Monday, May 15 / 7:00 pm
Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibit
Tour
Special Docent-Led Exhibit Tour

Join us for a special docent-led tour of our newest exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today.

  • Location: Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
  • Free with museum admission or membership
  • Space is limited. Please RSVP to 248.553.2400, ext. 110
 
 
 

Sunday, May 21 / 10:30 am
Polish Jewry Today: Fact and Fiction

HMC Sponsored Lecture

Wayne State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and The Guy Stern Endowment in Exile and Holocaust Studies presents Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland.

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, more than 3 million Polish Jews became victims of the Holocaust. They were systematically hunted, deported and murdered. Relatively few were able to hide, join the resistance, flee eastward or pose as non-Jews.

After World War II, returning Polish Jews found a very hostile environment. Many left or refused to return. Of those who remained in Poland, some openly returned to their faith, while others continued to hide their Jewish identitites until the end of Communism in 1989. Over the past 28 years, thousands of Poles have discovered they have Jewish roots.

Today, Polish Jews have the leadership of Rabbi Michael Schudrich, who has served as Chief Rabbi of Warsaw and Lodz since 2000 and Chief Rabbi of Poland since 2004. Rabbi Schudrich, who is American born and educated, has been instrumental in reviving the once-vibrant Polish Jewish life and culture. We are pleased and honored to have him address our community.

  • Time: 10:30 am coffee and bagels; 11:15 program
  • Location: Holocaust Memorial Center
  • Admission: $5 for HMC members and $10 for non-members. Seating is limited. RSVP by May 17 to rsvp@holocaustcenter.org or 248.536.9605.