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Date: March 28, 2003 (03-27)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Holocaust Commemoration
To Feature Musical Celebration of Life
Leading Area Musicians to Perform at Rockville Campus April 8 

            The annual Montgomery College Holocaust Commemoration will feature a musical celebration of life, with Cantor Joseph Ness of Beth El Temple of West Hartford, Ct., on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall of the Music Building on the Rockville Campus. The performance is free and open to public.

            Cantor Ness is a composer, conductor, and singer whose music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Israel. Cantor Ness will be joined by Montgomery College Music Professor Dawn Avery, an acclaimed cellist, vocalist and composer; violinist Clara Shaumann; recorder player Rachel Isaacson; and pianist Hazel von Maack, in performing original pieces written especially for the commemoration.

            The musical group, “Die Freyliche Knaidlach” will perform the joyous and emotionally powerful sound of Klezmer and other Yiddish music.

            Montgomery College’s Dr. Myrna Goldenberg originated the Holocaust Commemoration in 1994 and oversees the event each year. An outstanding lecturer and researcher, Dr. Goldenberg has received national and international recognition as both a Holocaust and feminist scholar. In addition to establishing the women’s studies program at the College, she also founded and serves as director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute.

Dr. Goldenberg is co-editor of the new book, Experience and Expression: Women, the Nazis, and the Holocaust, a collection that explores an array of topics: rescue and resistance; the treatment of Roma and Sinti women; the fate of female forced laborers, Holocaust politics; nurses at so-called euthanasia centers; women’s experiences of food and hunger in the camps; the uses and abuses of Anne Frank; and the representation of the Holocaust in art, film, and literature in the postwar era.

Dr. Goldenberg is active in numerous community and professional associations, and has chaired the Washington Jewish Women’s Project. She has served on many regional boards, including the Jewish Historical Council, the Jewish Women’s Coalition, and the Isaac Franck Jewish Public Library, among others.

            She has received many award and citations, including the American Jewish Archives Lowenstein Weiner Fellowship and the Montgomery County 2002 Excellence in Humanities Award, to name a few.

            For more information on the April 8 Holocaust Commemoration, please call 240-567-7417 or visit and click on Calendar.

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