Remembering the Holocaust

Sunday, April 28, 2024

In our commitment to fostering understanding, we are honored to announce two insightful events centered around remembering the Holocaust. While Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a significant reminder, our dedication to education and remembrance extends beyond specific dates, ensuring that the lessons of the past remain relevant for generations to come.

On Sunday, April 28, First Pres is pleased to present two opportunities that will serve as poignant reminders of our shared humanity and the responsibility we bear to honor the past, learn from its lessons, and strive toward a future of peace, understanding, and justice.


Exploring the Lived Impact of the Holocaust on the Second Generation

11:00 AM | Lewis Room

From the compelling collection of their recently published and award-winning book, The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust, Rita Benn and Natalie Iglewitz will read excerpts highlighting the gifts and challenges growing up in the shadow of this history. The authors will encourage a Q and A and discussion. The first 10 attendees will receive the gift of the highlighted book, The Ones Who Remember!

This event will be live-streamed and recorded.


An Evening with Irene Butter

5:00 PM Dinner | Social Hall

6:00 PM Presentation | Sanctuary


Join us for a family-friendly presentation by Holocaust survivor, Irene Butter, as she shares her powerful story of resilience, courage, and hope. This presentation is recommended for 5th grade and older. 

Born in Berlin, Germany, Irene Butter grew up as a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied Europe. A survivor of two concentration camps she came to the U.S. in 1945.

Since the late 80’s Butter has been teaching students about the Holocaust and the lessons she learned during those traumatic years.

She is a co-founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Medal & Lecture series at the University of Michigan, and one of the founders of Zeitouna, an Arab/Jewish Women's Dialogue group in Ann Arbor.

Join us for a special presentation and a light supper. Childcare is available for 4th grade and younger. Please let us know that you will attend by registering below.