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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine M. McGrath
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Gifts from Jewish Federation and LEAH Support FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education

            BOCA RATON, FL (June 5, 2008) – A $400,000 gift from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the League for Educational Awareness of the Holocaust (LEAH) will provide the needed support to maintain FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.   Each organization will provide $100,000 per year for two years to support the Center and its many activities.

            “FAU would like to extend sincere thanks to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and LEAH for their rapid response to the funding crisis affecting our Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education,” said FAU President Frank T. Brogan. “Thanks to their wonderful support, the mission of this very important center will continue.”

            The Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at FAU presents cutting-edge training and resources to teachers involved in Holocaust and genocide education.   The Center offers workshops, advanced seminars and summer institutes for K-12 teachers working in the fields of history, arts, languages, religion, science, technology, politics and social studies.

            The Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation of South Palm Beach County, Jack and Marilyn Pechter, and Meryl and Ron Gallatin provided the funding through and in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.  

“We are extremely proud and pleased to be able to continue the critical work of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, in partnership with FAU and LEAH,” said William S. Bernstein, the Federation’s president and CEO.   “Holocaust education is a high priority in our aim to prevent anti-Semitism by fostering understanding and tolerance, so this is a highly important investment for us.   The Center’s broad reach into both public and private schools throughout the area is invaluable.”

            “LEAH’s coordination of the successful search for the sustaining funding and providing direct support for the Center’s programs reflects the extraordinary degree of the LEAH/FAU partnership,” said Robert Alrod, LEAH’s president.   “Holocaust and human rights education is LEAH’s reason for being, and we are profoundly delighted with the support of the community and with the outstanding participation of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.”

            Additional support was provided by other members of the community, totaling more than $25,000.   All support will go towards programs, exhibits, teacher training and operational costs related to the Center.

            LEAH is a nonsectarian, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and funds to support and encourage educational efforts for children to help eliminate prejudice and hatred using lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides, including the Armenian massacre, Darfur, Rwanda, and Bosnia.

            The Jewish Federation serves the Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highlands Beach areas, raising and allocating more than $20 million per year to meet critical needs locally, in Israel and throughout the world.

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