Every year for the past seven years the UJC in conjunction with the Tidewater Jewish Federation has participated in the Living Voices program,“Through the Eyes of a Friend”. Elizabeth Reiner, an actress from Brooklyn, New York comes to the Peninsula for two days and performs an interactive film/play at four middle or high schools in the area. The students get tosee the world of Anne Frank “Through the Eyes of a Friend.” The students witness the pain, loss and hope of young people during the Holocaust.This moving program is a poignant portrait of friendship and survival through the eyes of Anne Frank’s best friend, Sarah Weis. Sarah is a composite character inspired by the experiences and testimonies of many individuals who knew Anne Frank at certain points in her life.
This past year over 500 students were able to witness the one hour program at York Middle School (two days),Achievable Dream Middle and High School and Passage Middle School. The importance of this program is magnified by the fact that over the years more than 4000 students have heard about the atrocities of the WWII and the Holocaust,some for the first time. They are reminded year after year that we cannot be bystanders when we see injustices and that hate is a very dangerous emotion. If you are interested in seeing one of these programs, contact Leslie Needham for the 2015 showing in February.
The funding for this program is made possible with a very generous donation from the William and Lillian Diamonstein Scholarship Fund for Holocaust Studies.