“Never Forget” is the tagline often associated with Holocaust remembrance events, and on March 22 starting at 1 p.m., the Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County will host the 6th Annual Screening with a Meaning event on NSU’s campus to ensure that the reason behind this phrase lives on. The main feature of the event is a screening of the movie, “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War,” with a question and answer session following the film.
The event benefits the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program run by the Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County, aiding Holocaust survivors in a variety of areas including reparations, consultations, person-centered trauma care, overall health and more. Jo Ann Arnowitz, chief program officer at Goodman Jewish Family Services, explained how the event benefits this program.
“[We] have over 2,000 Holocaust survivors living in this community and they’re a very important part of our care management program here at Jewish Family Services. We try to use this event to keep the Holocaust in front of people’s eyes, but also help raise funds for their care,” said Arnowitz.
The screening will begin with a tour of the Craig and Barbra Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center on the second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library. Arnowitz explained that the tour provides background to the movie and highlights a resource that students and staff may not be aware of.
“The tour provides context for [attendees]. I think it is definitely very helpful to do that first and then come to the movie. I’m sure there are many students on campus that aren’t aware of the center, it’s a wonderful resource there. I encourage them to come especially because we will be having tours of it at that time,” said Arnowitz.
The movie screening, which will begin at 2 p.m., is preceded by a 100 and 100+ birthday celebration of the Holocaust survivors who are a part of the assistance program, some of which will be in attendance sharing their experiences with other attendees.
The birthday celebration is new to the event. However, other than that, the event is keeping in tune with prior years. As such, the event will offer goodies, such as popcorn and other treats, to keep guests satisfied during the film.
The event requires attendees to purchase tickets prior to attending and register online at www.jfsbroward.org/events. For general admission, tickets are $54 and for students, age 26 or younger, tickets are $18 with the proceeds going toward the assistance program.
Photo: B. Guidry