The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College held their annual Testimonial Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge.
More than 230 people attended the program, which paid homage to special guests Marion, Mimi, Annie, and Elisa Werbler; Dr. Paul Winkler; and WeiserMazars LLP.
The Werbler women – Marion, Mimi, Annie and Elisa – represent three generations of a survivor’s family. Marion is a Holocaust survivor and the matriarch of the family. Annie and Elisa are the granddaughters of four Holocaust survivors, and Mimi is the daughter of survivors, a Chhange board member, and an active volunteer at Chhange.
Each woman supports Chhange in her own way, each were honored for their “significant and lasting impacts” on Chhange, Holocaust education, and the greater community.
Dr. Paul Winkler, Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work as New Jersey’s leader in Holocaust/Genocide Education.
Winkler has made New Jersey’s Holocaust Education system the prototype for the nation, and has worked with Holocaust survivors, educators, and students for over 40 years combating hatred and discrimination.
The accounting firm WeiserMazars LLP was recognized for its visionary leadership and its commitment to Chhange and the community at large. WeiserMazars is one of the first accounting firms to develop global standards for human rights reporting and assurance and have become global leaders in this process.
The firm remains dedicated to diversity in their workplaces, and has established an “Annual Day of Service” calling on staff to assist charitable organizations across the country.
Dale Daniels, Executive Director of Chhange, thanked the attendees and the honorees at the dinner for their presence and support.
“The theme tonight – Legacy & Leadership – speaks to our survivors and our honorees, but it also speaks to each of you,” she said. “You are our leaders. We thank you and we hope that you will embrace the legacy of the survivors and ensure the urgent work of Chhange continues.”
Chhange educates about the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights issues. Each year, Chhange reaches over 25,000 students, educators, and community members with programs and services. Chhange also produces award-winning books, films, traveling and museum exhibits. Currently, Chhange is finalizing its permanent Holocaust/Genocide/Human Rights exhibit, the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey.
The dinner was co-chaired by JoAnn Abraham, Lynn Fried, and Susan Yellin.
To learn more about Chhange and the center’s upcoming events visit www.chhange.org or call 732-224-1889.
Article by Chhange. Photos by Alan Ross. Feature photo caption: Dale Daniels, Mimi Werbler and Susan Yellin stand together at the annual Chhange Testimonial Dinner in Old Bridge on Nov. 19.