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Holocaust Education Speaker's Bureau

Rita Melen with students

The IAUJC Holocaust Speaker's Bureau coordinates experienced speakers to meet the needs of local classrooms and the wider community.  We seek out members (Jewish and non-Jewish) of our local community who have a connection to the Holocaust and help potential speakers to develop their talks and presentations.  Our intent is to provide Ithaca-area educators with access to individuals who can speak from personal experience about the impact of the Holocaust on themselves, their family members or close friends.

By telling students our family stories, we try to bring a human face to tragedy, courage, survival and rescue during the Holocaust. Teachers and students have expressed great appreciation for our efforts and in every case, teachers have asked for our speakers to follow up in future years. 

To book a speaker for your school classroom,  


Holocaust Education Speaker's Bureau Committee

Ithaca Holocaust Education Committee

We are a group of first and second generation Holocaust survivors and refugees, in addition to current and retired educators, interested in providing high quality support for teachers of the Holocaust in the Ithaca area.  Several of our committee members are pictured here. 

With the aging of the first generation Holocaust speakers in schools in our community, we feel that there is a need for the Jewish community to be resourceful in providing qualified speakers for schools and community organizations in Ithaca and the surrounding areas.

If you would like to contact us to book a speaker, make an inquiry or find out more about us, you can email us at