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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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: