About Remember Us

Remember Us
The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project | The Righteous Conversations Project | The Memoir Project

Remember Us seeks to foster intergenerational connection between Survivors and young people at this critical moment in time for the last Survivor generation. Remember Us recognizes the time-bound opportunity these connections offer young people and the ways in which these unique engagements give Survivors the opportunity to witness their narratives being heard and carried forward.

Remember Us programs have all grown from the core understanding that work during this precious time in Holocaust History must emanate through conversations of Survivors with young people and through remembrance engagements with artists, community leaders and educators, inspired to hear and carry forward the narratives shared by Survivors.

Remember Us fulfills its mission through two key programs:

Remember Us: The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project has, since 2007, been inviting students preparing for their Bat / Bar Mitzvah to connect with the memory of one child lost in the Holocaust. The Bnai Mitzvah Project provides the student and their families with the name of a lost child to remember, information about her or him, and suggestions for simple acts of remembrance. This program has grown to include deeper engagements and opportunities for remembrance of family members of local Survivors in the community as well as opportunities for deeper study and learning around this subject.

Remember Us: The Righteous Conversations Project offers opportunities for dialogue, social action and collaborative film, music and other creative work connecting young people with Holocaust Survivors. In workshops and engagements developed in partnership with schools, Hillels, and community organizations RC provides students with opportunities to carry on the work of Holocaust Remembrance and to speak up about issues of conscience in the world around them through film, new media, music and art.

RC PSAs and films are submitted to film festivals and used by non profit organizations to whom they are gifted to share with their communities and in their social media. RC student music compositions have been performed by professional musicians in a variety of venues including the California State Capitol and the Russel Rotunda in Washington D.C.

Eva Brettler, Co-President
Michele Rodri, Co-President
Rochel Blachman, Treasurer
Helen Jacobs-Lepor, Secretary

Eva Suissa, Teen Board President

Sara Aftergood
Michael Berenbaum, Ph.D.
Rabbi Sarah Bassin
Rabbi Sharon Brous
Lidia Budgor
Sophie Dornstreich
Cece Feiler
Lya Frank
Edith Frankie
Natalie Gold
Armin Goldstein
Rabbi Judy Greenfeld
Sharon Haims
Marie Kaufman
David Lenga
Debra Levine
Serena Levy
Rabbi Stan Levy
Rabbi Ron Li-Paz
Sarah Moskovitz
Molly Schaffer
Mariel Seta
Sheryl Sokoloff
Rabbi Boruch Sufrin
Dr. Steven Teitelbaum
Ashley Waterman
Rabbi David Wolpe
Amy Ziering
Harry Zimmerman

Gesher Calmenson, Founder

 
Samara Hutman, Director

Samara Hutman is Director of Remember Us: The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project and The Righteous Conversations Project. Her work in Holocaust remembrance and education began when her daughter Rebecca participated in the Remember Us Bnai Mitzvah Project, honoring the memory of Victoria Farhi, z”l, a young girl from Paris who was killed in Auschwitz at the age of 13. This experience led to Samara’s leadership role as the Executive Director of Remember Us, which eventually led to the creation of the Righteous Conversations Project, a collaborative venture of educators, scholars, artists and filmmakers working with teens and Survivors. In the last seven years, Samara has pioneered projects, partnerships and programs that have influenced and shaped the landscape of Holocaust Remembrance and Education in Los Angeles and in communities national and international. These programs have all grown from the core understanding that all work during this precious time in Holocaust History must emanate from dialogue with Survivors and conversations with teens, artists, community leaders and educators, inspired to hear and retell the narratives shared by Survivors.

Sam invites all who feel connected to the work of Holocaust remembrance and wish to help support young people in speaking up about injustice to join us in this work.

 

Leslie Heinz, Fulfillment and Design
Hanneke Hermsen, Outreach, Europe
Natan Freller, Outreach
The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project has received support from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, the Tauber Foundation, Dozor Foundation, Wolman Foundation, and other generous contributors. We welcome foundations and individual supporters to join us in establishing this act of remembrance.

The Righteous Conversations Project is supported by grants from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Cutting Edge Grant, the Righteous Persons Foundation, The Michael & Irene Ross Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, the Erwin Rautenberg Foundation, and other generous contributors. We welcome foundations and individual supporters to join us in establishing this act of remembrance and social action.