Holocaust Memorial and Education Center
Survivor Registry, and Descendant's Registry
The mission of the SSBJCC Holocaust Education Center is to ensure that the individual experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are recorded and preserved for the education of future generations. The Center honors as survivors and victims those who were displaced, persecuted, or discriminated against due to the racial, religious, and ethnic policies of the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945. This includes people in the camps, ghettos, prisons, refugees, and those in hiding from the Nazis.
Be included in our registry by downloading and completing this form.
Let Us Remember...
Our Holocaust Center honors the Survivors of our community of Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren and surrounding counties, all who perished in the Holocaust, and all the Righteous and Liberators.
Our Holocaust Center recognizes the Descendants, the Second Generation and all to come, in our community, so they may continue to tell the story in the Voices of the Descendants Registry.
The Memorial and Education Center is located in the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, 775 Talamini Rd, Bridgewater NJ 08807
Design by: Evelyn Rauch, Local Artist and Second Generation
Mosaic Artist, Sandra Bryant
From Generation To Generation.
Our Education Center...
- Provide Extensive Information on Holocaust History.
- Establishes a Survivor Registry and Database for our Community
- Archives in the Registry Family Photos, Videos and Memorabilia
- Gives Voice in the Registry to the Survivors’ Descendants
- Provides Programs and Speakers
- Provides Student Scholarships For March of the Living
Join Us in Establishing our Holocaust Memorial and Education Center.
Major Gifts and Naming Opportunities
- Holocaust Memorial and Education Center $ 100,000
- Holocaust Programming Endowment $ 50,000
- March of the Living Endowment (4) $ 25,000
- Education Centers (2) $ 25,000
Donations in Memory or Honor of Loved Ones or Others
- Cornerstone $18,000 Patron $ 5,400
- Benefactor $ 9,000 Sponsor $ 3,600
- Partner $ 7,200 Supporter $ 1,800
Become a Friend of the Center
- All Donations Below $1,800
Our Center in the News
- On MyCentralNJ.com: Never again: Holocaust Memorial and Education Center opens at JCC in Bridgewater
- On NJ.com: Jewish Community Center marks opening of Holocaust Memorial and Education Center
Frequently Asked Questions about our Registry.
Q: I was not in any camp. I am a Holocaust Survivor?
A: Our Registry honors as survivors and victims any person or persons who were displaced, persecuted or discriminated against due to the racial, religious, ethnic and political policies of the Nazi’s and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945. In addition to inmates of concentration camps, ghettos and prisons, this definition includes people who were refugees, partisans and those in hiding.
Q: I am a survivor living in New Jersey, but I don’t live in your county. Can I register?
A: Yes. Although we were focusing our efforts on registering survivors and their Descendants from our three counties (Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren), any Survivor in New Jersey or Descendant may now register.
Q: I am a 2nd Generation Descendant living in New Jersey. My survivor parents are deceased. May I tell their story?
A: Yes. That is what makes our Registry unique. We are Registering 2nd, 3rd and 4th Generation Descendants in our “Voices from the Descendants” Registry so that they may continue to tell their families’ survivor stories. In this way, we are building our local survivor community. Use the same application form and follow the instructions on the back page.
Q: I don’t like forms. Is the information on the form confidential?
A: Yes. All the personal information on the form is confidential. No personal facts are placed on our computers in the Center (like address, email, phone # etc). You can mark as confidential any fact you do not want to disclose or leave it blank.
Q: What about my family story? Is that confidential?
A: Yes. We follow all confidentiality protocols of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Our Survivor Registry is private; that is, it can only be accessed on site in our Center. It is not on the internet. We do not give out your information to any other source.
Q: Is there any financial obligation with Registration?
A: No. All registries are free.
Q: What happens after I fill out and Mail in the Application Form?
A: We will contact you by email or phone to set up a personal Interview listen to your story if you have never registered before, or to gather materials if you have told your story before and want to submit testimony.
Q: I have never told my story before. I don’t like to fill out forms. Is there help?
A: Yes. Call (908.725.6994) and ask for Nancy Gorrell for help or questions or email email@example.com.
Q: I am a 2nd Generation survivor. I have family photographs. Can I donate them?
A: Yes. We welcome donations of family photographs, but we are not a museum, and therefore, do not have the space to archive or display originals. But we do encourage you to donate electronic photographs or originals and we will copy and return them to you.
Q: I am a 2nd Generation survivor. I have family artifacts, memorabilia and medals. Can I donate them?
A: Yes. But we are not a museum, and therefore, we do not have the space to archive, or display original artifacts. We do encourage you to donate photographs of the artifacts, memorabilia and medals explaining their significance.