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What We Do

Holocaust Education


The mission of the Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Committee is to educate the community on the causes and events of the Holocaust so that its lessons may prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

In May 1978, Halina Wind Preston and Dorothy Finger organized the Holocaust Education Committee. Both Polish Jews who had survived the Nazi Holocaust, they met in Wilmington, where they raised families in freedom. Upon Preston’s death, the Holocaust Education Committee was named in her memory.

The Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Committee is an interfaith volunteer group comprised of Holocaust survivors and their families, Holocaust scholars, teachers, clergy, and community advocates. Committee members are responsible for the development and implementation of programs. HWPEC is a component of the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Delaware.

Chair: Robin Karol-Eng
JFD Staff: Rabbi Ellen Bernhardt,

Garden of the Righteous Gentiles

The first of its kind in the United States, the Garden of the Righteous Gentiles honors non-Jews who placed their own lives and those of their families in jeopardy to save Jews during the Holocaust. Those remembered in the Garden are the rescuers of Jews who eventually settled in Delaware.

The sculpture in the garden was created by Israeli artist Aharon Bezalel and dedicated to the memory of more than 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust.

The Garden is located at the Siegel Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Wilmington and open to the public. Programs and self-guided tours for students and adults are available upon request.

Yom Ha'Shoah - Holocaust Day of Remembrance

Each spring, the Delaware and Brandywine Valley community, like other communities around the world, gathers to remember the victims of the Holocaust. The Delaware Rabbinical and Cantors Association, along with interfaith leaders and community members, reflect on the millions of innocent people killed by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. It is also a time to invoke acceptance for all peoples and pledge vigilance against hatred and discrimination.

Education and Support

  • Resource Website (for educators)
  • No Denying DVD
  • Schedule a Speaker
  • Preston Holocaust Collection at the Brandywine Hundred Library


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