TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - UJA Federation has received a $10 million gift
to build a new Holocaust Centre from Holocaust survivor Michael (Chaim)
Neuberger. The centre will be renamed the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust
Education Centre and will be part of the Sherman Campus, the community
services development currently under construction located on 27.5 acres
surrounded by the Don Valley ravine on Bathurst, north of Sheppard.
Mr. Neuberger will be honoured at a groundbreaking ceremony at the Lipa
Green Building today, Monday, June 16, at 4 pm (4600 Bathurst St. north of
Mr. Neuberger's entire family - his parents, four brothers and one sister
were all killed in the Holocaust. The 78 year old builder made the commitment
within a few days after hearing about the plans to include the Holocaust
Centre in the soon to be built National Centre for Jewish Heritage on the
The Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre will continue to
impact the 60,000 people, many of whom are students, who visit the centre or
attend its programs every year. The new centre will accommodate thousands of
additional visitors a year to teach tolerance and inspire visitors to learn
from the past, engage in the present and assume responsibility for the future.
In addition to expanding its current programs to include interactive, high
tech exhibits and a multi-media learning centre, the centre will provide
outreach and anti-racism training programs for community organizations and
redevelop its museum.
"Educating people of all faiths about the Holocaust is so important to
me," said Mr. Neuberger. "We want to build this centre so that all people, of
all ages and all nationalities, will learn the truth, and learn from the
lessons of the past."
"Mr. Neuberger's gift is a true inspiration. His personal journey from
the horrific experiences of the Holocaust to a man who gives so generously to
ensure that the past is never repeated will stand as a shining example for
generations to come," said UJA Federation chair David Koschitzky.
Holocaust Centre of Toronto Chair Lorraine Sandler said, "The generous,
visionary leadership displayed by Mr. Neuberger is nothing short of
phenomenal. Not only will the Jewish community in Toronto, and around the
world, benefit from what will be an unprecedented centre of learning,
engagement and culture, but so, too, will the community-at-large."
About the Holocaust Centre
Established in 1985, UJA Federation's Holocaust Centre is committed to
preserving the memories of the victims, honouring the legacies of those who
survived and educating the community so that the Holocaust will serve as a
warning to future generations about the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism,
intolerance and indifference. As part of its mandate, the centre reaches more
than 60,000 people from across Ontario every year - most of them non-Jews.
Students who participate in field trips to the centre or in programs offered
by the centre at schools across Ontario learn the lessons of the Holocaust and
meet with survivors. Among its myriad of public programs, the centre is
responsible for the world-renowned Holocaust Education Week, the community's
Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration and offers consulting services on
Holocaust education programs in the public, private and Jewish school systems
as well as training for educators.
About the Sherman Campus
With an anticipated completion date of Fall 2011, the Sherman Campus will
be home to Jewish organizations and agencies dedicated to building community
within a vibrant hub of cultural, educational, athletic and recreational
activities. However, the campus will serve all GTA residents who are attracted
to its facilities.
The campus is an initiative of the Tomorrow Campaign, sponsored by UJA
Federation of Greater Toronto, which is building three community services
complexes in the GTA.
The campus is being redeveloped by internationally renowned architects
Sol Wassermuhl and Mansoor Kazerouni of Page+Steele Architects. The
facilities, will be fully integrated and linked with each other by open
exhibition areas and gallery walkways, and was developed as an extension of
the ravine's lush environment.
For further information:
For further information: Sally Szuster, Public and Media Relations, UJA
Federation of Greater Toronto, 4600 Bathurst St., Toronto, M2R 3V2, Phone:
(416) 840-2988/Cell: (647) 280-6017, firstname.lastname@example.org,