Louise K. Freilich is the director of Face to Face. She holds a Master in City Planning degree from M.I.T and has been interested in the Holocaust for many years. Before becoming director of the program in 2003, she was a Face to Face docent for four years. She served a four-year term on the Ohio Council on Holocaust & Genocide Education and believes that there is a crucial need to learn about the Holocaust and to understand its current lessons.
Rabbi Scott B. Roland has served as Rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah since July of 2016. He was ordained in 2013 by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton, MA. Prior to and during rabbinical school, Rabbi Roland honed his skills as a Jewish educator and youth professional. He earned his BA from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.
Rabbi Roland is most passionate about Jewish pluralism and education. He strives to pass along a model of Jewish life that is alive, relevant, and walks the line between challenging and building confidence. Rabbi Roland strives to be an exemplar of Jewish life that is passionate and enthusiastic. He hopes to encourage living a Jewish life that is rooted just as much in one’s heart and soul as in our sacred rites and traditions.
Rabbi Roland was raised in a rural area of Northwest New Jersey. He is married to Aviva and together they are the proud parents of Tikvah (their puppy), Moriyah and Nili. As a serial hobbyist, when not in shul he is busying himself with a number of activities including birding, photography, reading, and writing.
A Face to Face field trip begins with a rabbi, cantor, or Jewish educator discussing Judaism and Synagogue Life with the students. We have a stellar team of Judaism Educators representing a full range of Jewish denominations. Clergy and Jewish educators who have filled this role on a volunteer basis include:
Our Survivor Speakers come from many different countries and had a range of experiences during the Holocaust. Some survived the concentration camps; others were in labor camps; some experienced Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) and saw their fathers arrested on that night; some escaped from Germany or Czechoslovakia without their parents on the Kindertransport to England; one hid with her family in the forest and a swamp in Poland; and still others were hidden by righteous non-Jews. They all have important and interesting stories to share with the students who attend a Face to Face field trip.
Our current or recent survivor speakers include:
Roni Berenson: Child in Germany during Kristallnacht
Stanley Bernath: Concentration camp survivor
Michael Blain: Concentration camp survivor
Richard Dutro: Liberator, Dachau
Gita Frankel: Concentration camp survivor
Nina Frankel: Concentration camp survivor
Roman Frayman: Hidden child, Poland
Art Gelbart: Concentration camp survivor
Rose Gelbart: Hidden child, Poland
Louise Gips: Siberian Labor Camp survivor
Erika Gold: Hidden child, Hungary
Albert Hersh: Concentration camp survivor
Olga Goldstein: Concentration camp survivor
Ted Hersh: Concentration camp survivor
Lissa Keller: Child in Germany during Kristallnacht
Harold Koppel: Child in Germany during Kristallnacht
George Kronenberg: On Kindertransport to England
Ellis Lewin: Concentration camp survivor
Sylvia Malcmacher: Concentration camp survivor
Judith Shamir: Hidden child, Hungary
Leo Silberman: Concentration camp survivor
Andrew Sternberg: Concentration camp survivor
Valerie Weitz: Hidden child, Czechoslovakia
Susan Kollin Wiegand: Daughter of survivors
Lynda Zielinski: Young child in Germany
Face to Face volunteers serve as docents in the Face to Face museum and help with various aspects of the program including fundraising, publicity, outreach to schools, curriculum development, and Congregation Shaarey Tikvah’s annual commemoration of Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass.
We educate middle and high school groups from all over Northeast Ohio, including public, Catholic and independent schools. Teachers use the Face to Face field trip as a supplement to History, English, Art, and Religion classes. Our program works well in conjunction with a Holocaust unit and fits in well with Ohio DOE standards. Many schools attend year after year. The following schools have attended the Face to Face program since 2004: