About Face to Face

Marianne Lax took over the reigns as Education DIrector for the Kol Israel Foundation in May, 2019. The Face to Face and Sharing Our Stories programs are her main focus yet she will be running various Holocaust education programs for adult groups as well. Marianne is a "2G" - a second generation survivor, with a passion for learning on all levels. She can be reached at (216) 831-3754 or mlax@kifcle.org

Most recently serving as Senior Director of Development for the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University, Marianne also held positions at Hospice of the Western Reserve, Jewish Federation of
Cleveland, and the Cleveland Municipal School District.

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 Survivor Videos, online testimony by some of our former survivor speakers..

Our current or recent survivor speakers include:

   Ziona Austrian: Daughter of a Schindler's List Jew

   Roni Berenson: Child in Germany during Kristallnacht

   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

   Olga Goldstein: Concentration camp survivor

   Albert Hersh: 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

   Helen Marks: Hidden child, Belgium

   Michael Pupa: Child survivor, Poland

   Judith Shamir: Hidden child, Hungary

   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. For more infoprmation on becoming a Face to Face volunteer, contact Marianne Lax at (216) 831-3754 or mlax@kifcle.org.


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. Since 2004, the following schools have participated in the Face to Face program:

  • A.B. Hart School (Cleveland)
  • Academy of St. Adalbert (Berea)
  • Academy of St. Bartholomew (Middleburg Heights)
  • All Saints of St. John Vianney (Wickliffe)
  • Andrews Osborne Academy High School (Willoughby)
  • Archbishop Hoban High School (Akron)
  • Archbishop Lyke - St. Timothy (Garfield Heights)
  • Avon High School (Avon)
  • Avon Lake High School (Avon Lake)
  • Bay Middle School (Bay Village)
  • Beaumont School (Cleveland Heights)
  • Bedford High School (Bedford)
  • Berkshire High School (Burton)
  • Birchwood Middle School (Cleveland)
  • Brecksville/Broadview Heights High School (Broadview Heights)
  • Canton Central Catholic High School (Canton)
  • Chagrin Falls Middle School (Chagrin Falls)
  • Chardon Middle School (Chardon)
  • Cleveland Heights High School (Cleveland Heights)
  • Cleveland State University (Cleveland)
  • Communion of Saints School (Cleveland Heights)
  • Copley High School (Copley)
  • Cuyahoga Heights Middle School (Cuyahoga Heights)
  • Durling Middle School (Lorain)
  • Eastern Heights Junior High (Elyria)
  • Eastlake Middle School (Eastlake)
  • Edwards Middle School (Brunswick)
  • Facing History New Tech (Cleveland)
  • Forest Park Middle School (Euclid)
  • Garfield Heights Middle School (Garfield Heights)
  • Garfield Middle School (Lakewood)
  • Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills)
  • Green High School (Uniontown)
  • Greenbriar Middle School (Parma)
  • Harding Middle School (Lakewood)
  • Hathaway Brown (Shaker Heights)
  • Hawken School (Gates Mills)
  • Heritage Middle School (East Cleveland)
  • Hershey Montessori School (Huntsburg)
  • Holy Family School (Parma)
  • Holy Name Elementary (Cleveland)
  • Holy Trinity School (Avon)
  • Immaculate Conception (Cleveland)
  • Immaculate Conception (Willoughby)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary (Cuyahoga Falls)
  • Incarnate Word Academy (Parma Heights)
  • James A. Garfield High School (Garrettsville)
  • John Paul II Academy   (Garfield Heights)
  • Kenston Middle School (Chagrin Falls)
  • Lake Catholic High School (Mentor)
  • Lakewood Catholic Academy (Lakewood)
  • Laurel School (Shaker Heights)
  • Lee Burneson Middle School (Westlake)
  • Lincoln West High School (Cleveland)
  • Lippman Day School (Akron)
  • Loudonville High School (Loudonville)
  • Luis Munoz Marin Elementary School (Cleveland)
  • Maplewood Middle School (Cortland)
  • Mary Queen of Peace School (Cleveland)
  • McGuffey School (Warren)
  • Mentor High School (Mentor)
  • Montessori High School (Cleveland)
  • New Tech East (Cleveland)
  • Newbury Junior High School (Newbury)
  • Nordonia High School (Macedonia)
  • North Akron Catholic School (Akron)
  • North Coast Academy (Richmond Heights)
  • North Olmsted High School (North Olmsted)
  • North Royalton Middle School (North Royalton
  • Notre Dame Cathedral Latin H.S (Chardon)
  • Olmsted Falls Middle School (Olmsted Falls)
  • Orange High School (Pepper Pike)
  • Our Lady of Angels (Cleveland)
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel School (Wickliffe)
  • Our Lady of Peace School (Cleveland)
  • Our Lady of the Lake (Euclid)
  • Our Shepherd Lutheran School (Painesville)
  • Pax Christi School (Avon)
  • Seton Catholic School  (Hudson)
  • Shaker Heights High School (Shaker Heights)
  • Shaker Heights Middle School (Shaker Heights)
  • Shiloh Middle School (Parma)
  • St. Ambrose School (Brunswick)
  • St. Angela Merici School (Fairview Park)
  • St. Anselm School (Chesterland)
  • St. Anthony of Padua (Parma)
  • St. Augustine School (Barberton)
  • St. Benedict School (Garfield Heights)
  • St. Bernadette School (Westlake)
  • St. Bridget of Kildare School (Parma)
  • St. Christopher School (Rocky River
  • St. Columbkille School (Parma)
  • St. Dominic School (Shaker Heights)
  • St. Francis de Sales (Parma)
  • St. Francis of Assisi (Gates Mills)
  • St. Francis Xavier School (Medina)
  • St. Gabriel School (Mentor)
  • St. Hilary School (Fairlawn)
  • St. Joan of Arc School (Chagrin Falls)
  • St. John of the Cross Jr. High    (Euclid)
  • St. Joseph Academy (Cleveland)
  • St. Joseph School (Avon Lake)
  • St. Joseph School (Cuyahoga Falls)
  • St. Jude School (Elyria)
  • St. Mark School (Cleveland)
  • St. Martin de Porres (Cleveland)
  • St. Mary of the Assumption (Mentor)
  • St. Mary of the Falls School (Olmsted Falls)
  • St. Mary School (Avon)
  • St. Mary School – Chardon (Chardon)
  • St. Mary School in Elyria (Elyria)
  • St. Michael School (Independence)
  • St. Peter School (Lorain)
  • St. Raphael School (Bay Village)
  • St. Richard School (North Olmsted)
  • St. Rita School (Solon)
  • St. Robert and William School (Euclid)
  • St. Rocco School (Cleveland)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas School (Cleveland)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Elementary (Akron)
  • St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron)
  • Struthers Middle School (Struthers)
  • Sts. Cosmas and Damian School (Twinsburg)
  • Sts. Cyril and Methodius (Lakewood)
  • The Ratner School (Pepper Pike)
  • Tuscarawas Valley High School (Zoarville)
  • Twinsburg High School (Twinsburg)
  • Urban Community School (Cleveland)
  • Valley Forge High School (Parma)
  • Villa Angela - St. Joseph High School (Cleveland)
  • Visintainer Middle School (Brunswick)
  • West Geauga Middle School (Chesterland)
  • Westpark Community Middle School (Cleveland)
  • Wickliffe High School (Wickliffe)
  • Willetts Middle School (Brunswick)