PARSIPPANY — Award-winning journalist Allan Chernoff, former Senior Correspondent for both CNN and CNBC, will deliver the annual Joseph Gotthelf Holocaust Memorial Lecture at Temple Beth Am, 879 South Beverwyck Road.
The lecture, sponsored by the Joseph Gotthelf Holocaust Memorial Fund, is part of the yearly commemoration of Yom Hashoah, a day set aside to memorialize those lost in the Holocaust. The lecture follows Shabbat services, on Friday, April 17 that begin at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome.
Chernoff will discuss the experiences of the child survivors of Tomaszow-Mazowiecki, Poland including his mother, Rena Margulies Chernoff, one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust. Chernoff’s new book, The Tailors of Tomaszow (Texas Tech University Press, 2014), co-written with his mother, presents a rare, firsthand view inside the extinguished society of Eastern European Jewry, before, during, and after World War II. Nearly 14,000 Jews, one-third of the town’s population, lived in Tomaszow-Mazowiecki before World War II, many making their living as tailors and seamstresses. Only 250 of them survived the Holocaust, in part because of their skill with a needle and thread.
About Allan Chernoff
An award-winning journalist, Allan Chernoff’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, Money, and The Forward, among others. In addition to writing, he is Principal of Chernoff Communications, which provides strategic communications services for corporate and not-for-profit organizations. Chernoff is a six-time winner of best reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ New York chapter, Deadline Club. He has won two National Headliner Awards, two New York Festival Awards and a Prism Award. His reporting contributed to a CNN DuPont Award and his coverage of the Gulf oil spill, Hurricane Katrina and analysis of economic issues in the 2008 presidential campaign were each part of CNN’s Peabody Award-winning efforts.
A graduate of Brown University, Chernoff sits on the board of the Deadline Club of the Society of Professional Journalists, is a member and former officer of the New York Financial Writers Association, a member of the Authors Guild, a reader for EIES of NJ, a volunteer for the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges, a career advisor for Brown University and has been a featured speaker at various charitable events. Allan served as an interviewer for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Project.
About the Joseph Gotthelf Holocaust Memorial Fund
Joseph Gotthelf was born and raised in Lodz, Poland, and survived the early years of the Holocaust in the Piotrikow Ghetto. In 1944 the ghetto was liquidated by the Nazis and he and his family were taken to Auschwitz. He, his father and brother were liberated on a death march from Auschwitz to Germany. In rebuilding his life and family in the United States after the war, Joseph Gotthelf was committed to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. Following his death, his family established an endowment for a series of annual lectures by distinguished speakers on the Holocaust. The lecture is now in its 27th year.
Now celebrating our 49th year, Temple Beth Am is a Reform congregation with a diverse membership living throughout Morris County, including the towns of Lake Hiawatha, Parsippany, Boonton, Denville, Lake Hiawatha, Mountain Lakes, Montville and Rockaway. We open our doors to adults and youth, singles and couples, Jews-by-birth and Jews-by-choice, and interfaith couples. A warm and nurturing congregation, we welcome all who want to worship in an inclusive, egalitarian community led by Rabbi Steven L. Mills and Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak.