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Rose Gatens

Inaugural Tea Event Benefits FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education

BOCA RATON, FL (May 7, 2010) –Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education recently benefitted from an Inaugural Tea held at the private home of Gloria Haft Furman. Chaired by Marilyn Weinberg and hosted by a committee of prominent individuals, the event raised more than $60,000 for the Center.  

More than 80 women attended the event, which featured a morning tea, a showing and sale of French-designed jewelry, and a brief program discussing the Center’s community outreach. Jewelry designer Isabelle Krupnick graciously donated 20 percent of all sales during the event to the Center.

“I was overwhelmed with the generosity and support of everyone involved — from the planning to those who attended,” said Rose Gatens, director of FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education. “This event allowed us the opportunity to reach so many new people who were unaware of our Center and the outreach we provide to over 500 teachers each year.”

A brief program highlighted the Center’s commitment and outreach efforts to teach K-12 teachers and students to understand prejudice and the lethal consequences of prejudice and bigotry, and reminded guests of the importance of having a local Center that provides teaching, training and educational resources at no charge.

“I strongly believe in keeping young people aware of the Holocaust, and how bigotry, hatred and violence still effect our world and humanity,” said Weinberg. “Having a Center like this tied to a university is important as it keeps education at the forefront of creating change and helping the next generation learn how each of us can make a difference in this world through kindness and a greater respect for all people.”

The Center was established in 1996 by the Florida Department of Education to support teachers implementing the state’s mandate for Holocaust education, and seeks to educate students about the Holocaust in order to nurture citizens who recognize prejudice and hatred, including anti-Semitism and racism; understand that such beliefs can lead to genocide; know how to intervene against prejudice and hatred; be prepared to act on behalf of others, even those that they may not know; and understand citizen’s responsibility for upholding democracy in a pluralistic society.

For more information about the Center and its needs, contact Dr. Rose Gatens at 561-297-2929 or

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