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Date: March 3, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970 (Montgomery College); Tracey Dorfmann, 301-348-3845 (JCC)

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JCC of Greater Washington Hosts ‘Portraits of Life’ Exhibit
Photography Exhibit of Local Holocaust Survivors to Run March 19–April 9

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The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington will host “Portraits of Life,” Montgomery College’s traveling photography exhibit that honors the Holocaust survivors who live in and around Montgomery County, Md. The exhibit will be on display in the JCC’s Goldman Art Gallery, located at 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD, from March 19 through April 9. An opening reception will be held at the JCC of Greater Washington on Sunday, March 19 from 2–4 p.m.

“We are delighted to host the “Portraits of Life” exhibit,” said JCC Director of Cultural Arts and Jewish Education, Tracey Dorfmann. “It is an inspiring tribute to the brave men and women of our area whose meaningful stories can now be shared.”

To create the “Portraits of Life” exhibit, Montgomery College faculty and students—led by Professors Jon Goell and Brian Jones—photographed and interviewed more than 30 local survivors in their homes. The resulting black and white photographic panels and the survivors’ stories demonstrate the human spirit’s ability to survive, despite experiencing extreme hardship and cruelty at the hands of others.

“While we remember those who died in the Holocaust, we also celebrate the lives of those who survived,” remarked Montgomery College’s Director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, Judith Gaines, who conceived of the exhibit. “They are your neighbors—fellow community members. You pass them in the grocery store or at the post office—never would you imagine the unspeakable horror they endured.”

The JCC’s Goldman Art Gallery is open Sunday-Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call Tracey Dorfmann at 301-348-3845. 

This exhibit is sponsored by the Montgomery College Paul Peck Humanities Institute and supported by the Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Friends of Greater Washington, Joseph and Sonia Herson, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Montgomery College Arts Institute, and the Montgomery College Foundation.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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