THE Jewish Holocaust Centre Foundation (JHCF) this week received its largest ever pledge in support of the Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC).
The endowment from Leon Goldman and his family will secure the ongoing delivery of programs aimed at inspiring students and others to confront hatred, prevent racism and promote human dignity.
In recognition of the pledge, the foundation will establish the Judy and Leon Goldman Centre for Holocaust Education as the pre-eminent centre for Shoah education in Australia.
Embracing all aspects of the JHC’s educational activities, the centre will ensure the JHC continues its role in advancing and disseminating knowledge about the Holocaust while encouraging visitors to reflect on the need for vigilance in preserving a democratic society. The ongoing development and delivery of a range of programs for a variety of visitor groups in order to confront hatred and prevent racism is central to that vision.
“On behalf of my late wife Judy (nee Rosenkranz), our daughter Terri, and her husband Jonathan Lazarus, I am pleased that our family will be associated with the current redevelopment and continued financial support, together with the wider Jewish community, in the Holocaust Centre’s vital ongoing educational programs,” said Leon Goldman.
Expressing the JHC’s gratitude for the “vision and foresight” of the Goldman family, JHCF chair Helen Mahemoff said, “This outstanding gift will enable us to continue to expand our educational agenda to ensure maximum output and reach across Victoria and beyond.”
She added, “The Judy and Leon Goldman Centre for Holocaust Education … will come to represent both the JHC and the Goldmans’ far-reaching contribution to learning, teaching, research and community engagement – all part of the JHC’s mission to ‘Keep the Survivors’ Voices Alive’ and extend programs to educate widely for acceptance of a culturally diverse and cohesive society.”