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Thursday, 22 September, 2011 3:51 PM

Lauren & Sam Bienenstock honored at 27th Holocaust Memorial Center dinner

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Lauren Bienenstock, a founder of Bienenstock Court Reporting and Video, was congratulated in Southfield, Mich. on Sept. 17, 2011.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Two Commerce Township residents were congratulated at the 27th anniversary dinner for the Holocaust Memorial Center (HMC) Zekelman Family Campus. The evening began with a strolling dinner inside the Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Mich.

Jim Berk, the master of ceremonies, said that in December 1941, the Nazi's murdered millions of Jews.

"We are here to remember those who perished and survived the Holocaust," he said. "In a world faced with intolerance, we are here as a model to teach ethical conduct and to do the right thing. Over 1,200 men and women hid in the forests and survived. The HMC enables us to continue the mission of educating future generations."

Everyone stood as Neil Michaels sang the American and Israel national anthems. Rabbi Aaron Starr wished everyone a joy and a sweet new year and blessed the United States for our security and freedom.

HMC President Gary Karp welcomed everyone to the 27th anniversary dinner. The HMC has 50,000 square feet of space at its museum in Farmington Hills, Mich. More than 100,000 people visit the museum annually.

"We are so grateful to hear first-hand the personal stories of esteemed survivors of the Holocaust," Karp said. "We will never forget the atrocities of the past."

Karp named several exhibits being brought to the museum in the weeks ahead. An original boxcar, which was used to transport Jews to be murdered, will soon be displayed at the museum at 28123 Orchard Lake Road.

Lauren and Sam Bienenstock were honored that evening. Sam's parents were survivors. She said mission of the HMC must be continued for future generations.

"This is not about Lauren and me," Sam added. "It is about the survivors. We need to preserve the testimony and facts about the holocaust. This includes the horrors and the bravery of Jews and non-Jews alike. Their struggles continue. We must be vigilant, so this cannot happen again."

Lauren said, "Sam and I are dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust." She told everyone of her husband's family and her Aunt Eva's story after being captured by the Nazi's.

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) spoke about the survivor's courageous stories, which are human treasures of the community. "Through their many voices, it is a permanent reminder of our commitment to never forget," he said. "Hope is the ultimate message of the HMC. It stands up for injustice, intolerance and inhumanity."

The featured speaker was Sharon Rennert, an award- winning independent filmmaker and television editor. "Has anyone seen the movie Defiance?" she asked. "It is a story about Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied eastern Europe who escape into the forests, where they build a village in order to protect themselves. Daniel Craig plays my grandfather in the movie."

Currently, she is producing her own documentary called In Our Hands: A Personal Story of the Bielski Partisans. In the film, Rennert lectures about her family heritage to help teach generations the importance of tolerance and compassion.

After the presentation, everyone adjourned to the dessert afterglow.

For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, visit www.holocaustcenter.org.

 

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Sam Bienenstock, a founder of Bienenstock Court Reporting and Video, was also honored.

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Gary Karp, President of Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus

 

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Rabbi Aaron Starr

 

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Neil Michaels, soloist who sang the American and Israel national anthems

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Jim Berk, master of ceremonies

 

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