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Creative Inspirations

By:  Mitchell Ruderman

Numbers are everything
Life and Death
Numbers help us think
Help us grow
Help us learn
Yet numbers are not always what they seem to be
You can count people in a room
But you can also count corpses on the ground
You can count heartbeats
But you can also count gunshots
Numbers can be used to help or to harm
Just like water or fire
Water can hydrate and water can drown
Fire can light but it can also burn
But what can numbers do?
Can numbers quench a dying thirst?
Can numbers light a dark cave?
Numbers were given
But couldn't be taken
They were a constant reminder
Of how cruel the world can be
So next time you look at a number
That although the numbers caused pain
Numbers are simply tools
The strength of numbers
Comes from he who uses them
And although they were a reminder
And although they brought back vicious memories
Don't forget
Maybe that is the most important thing of all
To remember



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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