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 serves as a member of 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
For additional biographical information, please see the Our Leadership page of this site.
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.
Listen to online testimony by some of our former Survivor Speakers:
Order our DVD collection with recorded testimony by many of our Survivor Speakers. For more information, see our Order Video Collection page.
Front row left to right: Jack Kleinman(OBM), Sylvia Malcmacher, Betty Gold(OBM), Face to Face director, Louise Freilich, Max Edelman(OBM) with seeing eye dog Tovi, Erica Gold, Esther Frank (OBM)
Back row left to right: Alex Zelczer, Leo Silberman, Roman Frayman, George Kronenberg, Jacob Hennenberg(OBM), Harold Koppel, Walter Wertheim, Andrew Sternberg
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: