2018 Serve 2 Unite Peace Summit

On April 25th, 2018, Serve 2 Unite Peacemakers from Lloyd Barbee Montessori, Fernwood Montessori, and Messmer Catholic High School gathered at the Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center to learn how the Jewish community of Milwaukee transformed the horror of The Holocaust into an inspiration for peace and togetherness. We were immensely honored to partner with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC), Hours Against Hate, and the JCC to make this wonderful and powerful day happen.

Our experience began with a talk from Shay Pilnik, Executive Director of HERC, explaining the history and symbolism of The Corner of Hope Holocaust Memorial outside the JCC. Shay then gave us a tour of the JCC facility, explaining how 40% of the people who come to the JCC for health and kinship aren’t Jewish. We met in the Ritz Theater for a delicious lunch of authentic Israeli fare. During lunch our young peacemakers got to know each other using an Hours Against Hate program where they sat and talked with someone they hadn’t met. Everyone loved the delicious food and refreshing conversation!

As Holocaust survivors age and pass on, the opportunity to hear from people who witnessed it first hand becomes more and more precious. Listening to Howard Melton share his experience of surviving concentration camps as a boy about the same age as many of our students was life-changing. We all went home with a new dedication to bringing peace to the world.



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