LIVINGSTON, NJ — Deborah and Wayne Zuckerman of Livingston have heard first-hand about the atrocities of the Holocaust, especially since Wayne’s father, Abraham, survived six concentration camps and was ultimately saved by famed German industrialist Oskar Schindler.
Thus, they’re aware of the heroism too.
Wayne’s mother, Mina Zuckerman, was hidden during World War II by compassionate non-Jews.
Deborah’s mother, Ruth Wolff Firsty, escaped Berlin, Germany in 1938. Deborah’s grandfather, a doctor, obtained fake papers that helped to pave their way to the United States. (Ruth is still alive and, at 90, living in Florida.)While living in Livingston, Deborah and Wayne Zuckerman have been active supporters of the Museum of Jewish Heritage for more than 30 years.
They and their family, including four sons, will be honored next Tuesday by the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust at the annual Generation to Generation dinner at the Museum in New York.
Lawrence O’Donnell, host of “The Last Word” on MSNBC, will present the family with the Rosa Strygler Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award was previously presented to Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Marion Wiesel.
For decades, the annual L’dor V’dor, Generation to Generation event has brought together survivors and their families and friends to commemorate those who were lost and to look toward a future of hope and renewal.
The benefit supports the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s timely mission to fight bigotry and antisemitism through lessons of the Holocaust.
Serving as event Co-Chairs are Elyse & Howard Butnick, Evelyn & Harry Goldfeier, Ruth & Steven Katz, Rita G. Lerner & Cliff Salm, Ann Oster, Marilyn Rosen, and Ann & Bernard Sklar. Holocaust survivor Max Lerner will lead the Ha Motzi.
Wayne Zuckerman is a Partner of Sterling Properties and a graduate of Boston University, where he serves on its Hillel Board. Wayne is also on the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation Board.
Deborah is a graduate of Georgetown University, a board member of Daughters of Israel and is on the Women’s Philanthropy Board at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest.
Wayne and Deborah both serve as board members for the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School and are active members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and of Congregation Etz Chaim. They have four children: Andrew, David, Michael, and Jacob.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The Museum is committed to the mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust.
The third largest Holocaust museum in the world and the second largest in North America, the Museum of Jewish Heritage anchors the southernmost tip of Manhattan, completing the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage maintains a collection of almost 40,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies, and contains classrooms, a theater, and more.
The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.
To RSVP and contribute to the event, visit https://mjhnyc.org/gentogen. Free virtual registration is also available to view the program. For more information, visit mjhnyc.org.