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The 4th Annual Margot Jeremias Memorial Kristallnacht Commemoration Lecture

Sunday, November 14, 2021 10 Kislev 5782

7:30 PM - 9:00 PMYoung Israel of West Hartford

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About This Year's Lecture
This year's lecture will be a hybrid event -- both in person at the Young Israel of West Hartford (2240 Albany Ave) and on Zoom at

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About This Annual Event
The Margot Jeremias Memorial Kristallnacht Commemoration Lecture is an annual lecture planned to coincide with Kristallnacht (November 9-10) dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust, in general, and the events of Kristallnacht, in particular. This annual lecture is dedicated in loving memory of Margot Jeremias by her family, Helen & Les Loew.

Margot Jeremias was only 12 years old on that infamous November night. Kristallnacht, for her, represented the moments that would irrevocably alter the course of her life. Born in 1926, Margot Jeremias survived the Holocaust, came to America and raised two daughters, seven grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She devoted her life to telling her story as a Holocaust survivor and teaching the next generation about peace, tolerance, and standing up in the face of evil.

Past speakers include Holocaust historian and Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff, UConn Judaics Chair Dr. Avi Patt and Rabbi Brahm Weinberg. An archive of past lectures and personal testimony from Margot Jeremias z’l are available at
About Our Speaker
Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University. From 2000-2005 Rabbi Schacter served as Dean of the Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute in Boston.  He was the first Rabbi of the Young Israel of Sharon, MA, from 1977-1981, creating a new, vibrant and committed community.  From 1981-2000, he served as the Rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City, moving the congregation from 180 to over 600 members over the course of his tenure.

Dr. Schacter holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages from Harvard University and received rabbinic ordination from Mesivta Torah Vodaath.  He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1973, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with the Abraham S. Goodhartz Award for Excellence in Judaic Studies. In 1995, he was awarded the prestigious Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University and in 2014 he was awarded the Chelst Grant for Publication Assistance from Yeshiva University. 
Dr. Schacter is a prolific writer, author of the award-winning A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy, and American JudaismThe Lord is Righteous in All His Ways: Reflections on the Tish‘ah be-Av Kinot by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik(2006) and close to one hundred articles and reviews in Hebrew and English. 
Rabbi Schacter holds a number of prominent Jewish communal positions.  He served as Founding President of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations (COJO) of the Upper West Side from 1994-2000, is a member of the Board of Governors of the Orthodox Union and is on the Editorial Boards of Tradition, Jewish ActionBDD (Bechal Derachecha Da’ehu) and Jewish Educational Leadership.  He was awarded several fellowships and grants to further his scholarly research.  In November, 2007, Rabbi Schacter was the Scholar-in-Residence at the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities in Nashville, TN. In March, 2016, he was invited to address the opening plenary of the Jewish Funder’s Network Conference in La Jolla, CA and he was invited to open the 2020 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington. From 1991-2018 he served as a member of the faculty of The Wexner Foundation
Dr. Schacter is presently completing a new Hebrew edition of the autobiography of Rabbi Jacob Emden, an eighteenth century Jewish figure.




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Covid- 19 Policies:

All attendees must be in good health regardless of vaccination status! If anyone is feeling under the weather or have a new loss of taste or smell, please do not come to event. 

Masks will be optional for all those fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19. Masks are required for children under the age of 12 or those who are unvaccinated and have not recently recovered from COVID-19.
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