Dinner for Volunteers
Chhange could not function without its dedicated volunteers. Whether it is planning or providing support to events, setting up exhibits, reaching out to the community, helping with fund raising, entering data, answering phones or helping Chhange with a myriad of other tasks, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization.
Our special guests included Dr. Paul Winkler, Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, Chhange founders Dr. Sy Siegler and Professor Jack Needle and several local Holocaust survivors.
Chhange Executive Director, Dale Daniels, addressed the nearly 100 volunteers in attendance and highlighted just a few of the Center's accomplishments from the past year, none of which could have happened without the hard work of the volunteers.
Among the highlights:
- Chhange moved into its new headquarters and exhibit space at Brookdale Community College.
- The successful completion of the Big Read project, which focused on Ernest J. Gaines' book, A Lesson Before Dying, and reached out to thousands of local students and members of the community.
- The Lunch with a Survivor program for students at the Cedar Drive Middle School in Colts Neck.
- Trips, Yiddish Club and Book Club events held by The Generations Group--descendants of Holocaust survivors.
- The Generations group also published Illuminating Traditions, a priceless collection of family Hanukkah stories, traditions and recipes.
- Public events commemorating the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide and other human rights abuses.
- Our first annual 5K race, held at Brookdale Community College.
- Our first art exhibit in our new facility, Recovering Memory, featuring the artwork of local Holocaust survivor Claire Boren.
- The 11th Annual Holocaust Educators Conference, featuring Stephen Feinberg from USHMM and Noah Rauch, from the 911 Museum.
- A testimonial dinner honoring Al Zager, who steered Chhange through 20 years of service and growth as Board President.
- Chhange Executive Director, Dale Daniels; Director of Education, Jane Denny; and volunteer Pati Depko received an award from the New Jersey Bias Crime Officers Association for the Chhange Juvenile Bias Crime Awareness Program.
- We launched our first annual golf outing on June 10, 2013, and will conclude this rain-canceled event on July 8.
- Chhange made significant headway in its capital campaign for our new facility and upcoming exhibit.
- We also handed out awards to the student winners of our annual Luna Kaufman Writing and Art Contest. This year's theme was centered around A Lesson Before Dying, the book we selected for the Big Read project.
Luna Kaufman Writing and Art Contest Winners:
|First Place: Jonathan Martinez||First Place: Ally Knighton|
|Second Place: Yvette Ramirez||Second Place: Lianah St. Ana|
|First Place: Sara Hayet||First Place: Courtney Jacobs|
|Second Place: Morgan Mostow||Group 3|
|First Place: Haa-Young Lee|
Arlene Smelson, Barkalow Middle School; Tamara Tallman, Hillel Yeshiva; Thomas Kennedy & Donna Ray, Bayhead School; Allison Field, Ocean Township High School; Sarah Sedar, Howell High School; Christopher Burke, Academy of Law & Public Safety; Jocelyn Francis-White, Trenton Central High School- West; Amy Colby, Marlboro High School; Nicole Whiteside, Lady Bird Johnson Middle School.