A Yom Hashoa service on Monday, April 20th, at Temple Beth Israel in Plattsburgh, New York, opened the 16th annual SUNY Plattsburgh Week of Remembrance for Holocaust victims.
The commemoration continued last Thursday with the college's annual memorial ceremony in the campus's Holocaust Memorial Shrine located in Feinberg Library. Plattsburgh State Hillel President Rachel Lebeaux was among the commemoration speakers.
During the memorial, Dr. Jonathan Slater, associate professor in the Center for Communication and Journalism and faculty adviser to Plattsburgh State Hillel, announced plans to institute a creative competition for students next academic year that centers on the theme of Holocaust and genocide. Rules and submission guidelines will be announced in fall semester 2009. Prizes will be awarded.
Anna Gonshor of McGill University's Department of Jewish Studies provided a view of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the world wars in a Thursday evening talk, "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times." Ms. Gonshor's presentation was made possible by supporting grants from Plattsburgh State Hillel, The Center for the Study of Canada and College Auxiliary Services.
In addition, Library and Information Services throughout the week hosted a virtual and in-library exhibit of media and materials related to the Holocaust.