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New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education


The Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award 2009

Robert Holden
Marcia Krefetz-Levine
Meryl Lettire
Debra Natoli
Helen Rosen
Sandy Rubenstein
Jeanette Ruggiano
Jon Sinclair
Jill Tejeda
Ed Yarusinsky

Axelrod Award
Award Recipients (back row – left to right):  Jill Tejeda, Sandy Rubenstein, Jeanette Ruggiano, Debra Natoli, Helen Rosen, Robert Holden, Meryl Lettire, Jon Sinclair, Marcia Krefetz-Levine, Ed Yarusinsky

Front row:  Dr. Vera Goodkin – survivor – Associate Director New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, Susan Aguado – daughter of Honey & Maurice Axelrod, Paul Axelrod – son of Honey & Maurice Axelrod, Sandy Aguato – daughter-in-law of Susan Aguato, Dina Cohen – 2nd generation & Commission member.

Axelrod Award
Paul Axelrod

Axelrod Award
(left to right):  Peppy Margolis – Director Raritan Valley Holocaust Resource Center, Dr. Vera Goodkin, Dr. Joan Rivitz – Associate Director New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, Dr. Paul B. Winkler – Executive Director New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, Susan Aguato, Sandy Aguato, Paul Axelrod, Etzion Neur – Director New Jersey ADL, Richard Flaim – New Jersey Holocaust Commission Curriculum Coordinator, Dina Cohen


The core mission of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education is to promote Holocaust education in the State of New Jersey. On a continual basis, the Commission shall survey the status of Holocaust/Genocide Education; design, encourage and promote the implementation of Holocaust and genocide education and awareness; provide programs in New Jersey; and coordinate designated events that will provide appropriate memorialization of the Holocaust on a regular basis throughout the state. The Commission will provide assistance and advice to the public and private schools and will meet with county and local school officials, and other interested public and private organizations, to assist with the study of the Holocaust and genocide.

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Phil Kirschner, Esq.

Lawrence M. Glaser
Executive Director
(609) 376-3968 phone

State of New Jersey
Commission on Holocaust Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 633-8599 fax

The New Jersey Holocaust Commission is an autonomous body operating under its own policies and positions. It acts as a resource to the Department of Education to assist schools with various aspects of meeting the requirements of the mandate to provide Holocaust and genocide education. The commission provides curriculum outlines and suggested activities; identifies and publicizes demonstration sites for other districts to contact; and recommends informational resources and materials for teachers and students to use in the state.

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