GOLDA OCH ACADEMY (GOA) in West Orange will premiere on Tuesday, May 28, its “Names, Not Numbers” documentary film at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston. Select students in grades 10-12 documented the stories of Holocaust survivors Stephen Felton of Princeton, Morris Gliklich of West Orange, Gina Lanceter of Upper Montclair, Mark Schonwetter of Livingston, and Hanna Wechsler of Woodland Park.
“It is a tremendous honor for our school to participate in this powerful program,” said Adam Shapiro, head of school at GOA. “Our students are taught to recognize the meaning and importance of being links in the chain of Jewish history and few programs help to drive this message home as strongly as ‘Names, Not Numbers.’ It is a project that not only benefits our students, but our entire community at a time when we need to ensure history does not repeat itself.”
“Names, Not Numbers,” a project created by educator Tova Fish-Rosenberg, enables students to work with professional journalists, filmmakers, and Holocaust scholars to prepare them for creating an oral history film documentary.
Over the past 15 years, over 6,000 students in the U.S., Canada, and Israel have documented the life histories of more than 1,800 survivors and World War II veterans. The films are archived at Yad Vashem–The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and the Gottesman Library at Yeshiva University.