Our mission

 

Through its museum and programs, the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre generates knowledge and understanding about the Holocaust and serves as a forum for dialogue about civil society for present and future generations.

Our programs

 

The Neuberger reaches 20,000 students annually through school visits to the museum and education programs, and an additional 30,000 members of the general community through its signature program, Holocaust Education Week. Cited by scholars as one of the most comprehensive vehicles for Holocaust education and remembrance in the world, it has been recognized as a “Best Practice” in the field by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Year-round programming - such as International Holocaust Remembrance DayRaoul Wallenberg Day, and Yom Hashoah - demonstrates the Centre’s commitment to dynamic and meaningful programming across the GTA.

Our people

 

Click here to learn about our dedicated survivor speakers.

Read about our Centre's patrons, Sarah & Chaim Neuberger, and those who have contributed to the Neuberger who have since passed away.

The Centre is led by Chair, Shael Rosenbaum, dedicated volunteers, and by the staff (see below). 

Chair
Shael Rosenbaum

Incoming Chair
Ruth Ekstein

Our History

The Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre was officially opened on September 22, 1985 as the Holocaust Centre of Toronto and grew out of the commemorative activities of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee of the Toronto Jewish Congress, a forerunner to the present UJA Federation of Greater Toronto (UJA Federation). The Centre is an entity of UJA Federation and receives an annual allocation from the Federation. We are also supported through contributions from individuals, corporations, government and public and private foundations.

The Centre comprises about 2200 square feet, of which about 1600 square feet includes a museum and small film theatre/auditorium, accommodating 50 persons. An additional 600 square feet houses the Centre’s offices and meeting space. The Centre also includes the Frank and Anita Ekstein Holocaust Resource Collection which occupies about 750 square feet and a classroom accommodating 50 persons for the New Dimensions in Testimony exhibit, both located in the library across the hall from the Centre.

About the Staff

Dara SolomonDara Solomon is the Director of UJA Federation’s Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre and the Executive Director of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. At the OJA, she has organized exhibitions around the GTA on various topics related to Ontario’s Jewish history; developed a new school partnership program; and grown access to the OJA collection in social media, print, and other online initiatives. Prior to joining the OJA, Solomon was the Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) in San Francisco, where she was responsible for curating the museum’s inaugural exhibitions for their Daniel Libeskind-designed museum in the heart of San Francisco’s cultural district. Solomon has worked on various curatorial and education projects at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She holds a M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in Religion and Art History from University of Toronto.

Rachel LibmanRachel Libman is Manager, Public Programs, at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Her role focuses on planning public programs, including the annual Holocaust Education Week, and includes web, curatorial and museum work. Keenly interested in museums, memorials and culture, Rachel has focused on programming for young professionals both in her career and as a volunteer. Rachel has a Masters in History and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and is on the Board of Governors at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation.

Bo Leiter

Bo Leiter is the ninth Holocaust memorial service intern sent by the Austrian Service Abroad. He is placed with the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre through June 2019. Bo was born and raised in Vienna and is a dual citizen of Austria and the UK. He grew up bilingual (English and German) and attended a language-based high school. After completing his memorial service, Bo will be studying Sinology at the University of Vienna. Bo is certified as a ski instructor and speaks 5 languages. Bo decided to do Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service (“Gedenkdienst”) to learn about his country’s past and its significance and is looking forward to sharing his perspective with students and young adults in Canada.

For more information, please contact Bo. https://www.auslandsdienst.at/auslandsdiener/bo-leiter/

Carson PhillipsCarson Phillips, PhD, is the Managing Director of the Neuberger and the recipient of scholarly awards including the 2013 BMW Canada Award from the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, York University. He completed his PhD in Humanities utilizing archival resources, memoirs and testimony exploring post-Holocaust conceptualizations of masculinity. Dr. Phillips is an editorial board member of PRISM— An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, and an expert on Holocaust education and pedagogy. From 2009-2014, he was a delegate to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and in 2016 completed a fellowship at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies. He is also adjunct faculty at Gratz College, USA, in the graduate program for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. See his blog Bildung for his latest posting on issues related to Holocaust education as well as his latest writings in the publication Interactions (2018, W. Dreier, A. Laumer and M.Weinand editors) and Remembering the Holocaust in Educational Settings (Routledge, 2018, A. Pearce editor).

Mary SiklosMary Siklos is Manager of Operations at the Neuberger Centre. She started as the Centre’s Administrative Assistant in September 2000 and has worked on such major projects as the annual Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah community commemoration and Holocaust Education Week. She developed and maintained the Centre’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah of Remembrance program, working with over 400 students over the span of 10 years.  Mary has completed her Masters in European Literature and Languages from Eotvos Lorand Humanities University of Budapest (Hungary) in 1981. She immigrated to Canada in 1986 and has worked in the Toronto Jewish community since.  

Dan PannetonDaniel Panneton is the Programs & Education Assistant at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. He has a Masters in History from Queen’s University and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the Neuberger he was the Historian of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario and co-curator of The Ward: Representations and Realities, 1890-1950. He is also currently the Project Lead on the Toronto Ward Museum’s Not Just Numbers: Representation in the Canadian Census, and one of the 2018 Heritage Toronto Emerging Historians. His work focuses on popular memory and nationalism, and has been published in academic and popular outlets.

Paula CarabeoPaula Carabeo is the Administrative Assistant at the Neuberger. She graduated from the Business Administration - Human Resource Management Program at Centennial College. Prior to working at the Neuberger, she was a Human Resource Coordinator at the Suncor Oilsands Mainsite in Fort McMurray Alberta, dealing with over 600 union and non-unionized employees. 

Michelle FishmanMichelle Fishman obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University and her Masters of Arts in History, specializing in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is the Manager of Education, Outreach and Communications at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto where she works with Holocaust survivors on a daily basis and assists with programming that educates subsequent generations on Holocaust history, its lessons and legacy.

Anna SkorupskyAnna Skorupsky is the librarian of the Frank and Anita Ekstein Holocaust Resource Library.  She completed her Master of Library Science (MLS) from the Kiev State University of Culture, graduating with first-class honours. She completed a second Masters degree from the Moscow Government University of Patent Research & Service and received a diploma in On-line Information Retrieval Systems from the National Centre for Scientific and Technological Information, Tel Aviv, Israel. Anna has managed the Holocaust Resource Library since 2007 and ensures it is active in public programming. She is currently president of the AJL-Ontario Chapter – Association of Jewish Libraries.