—Featuring Tova Friedman, interviewed by Fox 5 New York’s Stacey Delikat, and remarks from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney—
New York, NY — The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will host its Spring Women’s Luncheon virtually on Thursday, May 6 at 12 PM ET. The Women’s Luncheon, a charitable event benefitting the Museum, will feature Emmy-award-winning journalist Stacey Delikat in conversation with child survivor of Auschwitz Tova Friedman. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will give remarks on the importance of Holocaust education.
This year, attendees will gather virtually on Zoom for the annual event. This Luncheon’s co-chairs are Patti Kenner, Kathy Gantz, Ann Oster, Stacey Saiontz, and Minna Seitelman.
Tova Friedman was born on September 7, 1938, in Gdynia, Poland, a suburb of Danzig. As soon as the war broke out, her family returned to Tomaszow Mazowiecki, a small town near Lodz, Poland, where they originally came from. She is among the youngest people to survive the Holocaust and one of the few Jewish children to survive the nightmare of Auschwitz.
Tova lived in Israel for ten years where she taught at Hebrew University. She shared 60 loving years with her husband Maier Friedman, recently deceased. Tova and Maier have four children and eight grandchildren. She continues to share her story with students and audiences from around the country at public and private schools, colleges, and places of worship.
Stacey Delikat will interview Tova as she shares her story. Stacey is an Emmy-award-winning journalist and the granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors. Her paternal grandparents, Pearl and Otto Delikat, survived Auschwitz and saw many of their family members sent to their deaths. Both credit luck for their survival. Stacey has been on an on-air journalist for more than 14 years, most recently for Fox 5 New York. She is an active member of 3GNY, sharing her grandparents’ Holocaust survival stories with middle and high school students in the tri-state area.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will provide remarks on the importance of Holocaust education, including legislation she sponsored to improve and support Holocaust education in schools across the country. The Never Again Education Act, which was passed and signed into law in 2020, bolsters educational resources for teachers and schools.
This event will support the Museum’s mission educating diverse visitors about life before, during, and after the Holocaust. In addition to the event on May 6, the Museum will host an online silent auction.
To register by making a charitable contribution or purchasing a sponsorship, visit mjhnyc.org/swl2021.
Currently, the Museum is open three days per week—Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and with limited hours, from 10 AM to 5 PM. General admission, timed-entry tickets purchased online in advance allow access to all Museum galleries. On the other days, the Museum deep cleans all public spaces. For more information regarding the Museum’s safety and visitor guidelines, visit mjhnyc.org/visitor-information. The Museum also will provide detailed information on planning a visit and updates on its website at mjhnyc.org.
About the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
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 crucial 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 more than 40,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies and contains classrooms, a 375-seat theater (Edmond J. Safra Hall), special exhibition galleries, a resource center for educators, and a memorial art installation, Garden of Stones, designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. The Museum is the home of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.
Currently on view is the acclaimed exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. This is the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America, bringing together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world.
Also on view are Ordinary Treasures: Highlights from the Museum of Jewish Heritage Collection and Rendering Witness: Holocaust-Era Art as Testimony.
The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.