On Tuesday, May 28, more than 350 people attended the film premiere of Golda Och Academy's Names, Not Numbers Holocaust documentary film project held at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston. The event was the culmination of the year-long, intergenerational project in which students in grades 10-12 learned interviewing, filmmaking and editing skills to document the courageous stories of Dr. Stephen Felton, Morris Gliklich, Gina Lanceter, Mark Schonwetter and Hanna Wechsler. 

Prior to the film premiere, Names, Not Numbers students and their families attended a private dinner with the survivors and their guests. It was a unique opportunity for the students and survivors to reunite and further strengthen the bonds between the generations. 

The event was attended by Mayor Robert D. Parisi, Township of West Orange, NJ and photographed by Jodi Rothfeld Photography (https://www.instagram.com/jodirothfeld_photography/), who donated photography services to capture special moments from the evening.

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Names, Not Numbers is run under the direction of Erin Sternthal, Golda Och Academy’s Marketing and Communications Associate (Names, Not Numbers Coordinator), and Upper School Social Studies teacher Michael Stern (Names, Not Numbers Advisor). The program was created by educator Tova Fish-Rosenberg 15 years ago and since then, more than 200 projects have been completed through Names, Not Numbers, documenting stories of more than 1,800 survivors and WWII veterans by more than 6,000 students in the US, Canada and Israel. The films have been accepted into the archives of the Jewish National and University Library of Israel in Jerusalem and are being archived at Yad Vashem and the Gottesman Library at Yeshiva University. The Names, Not Numbers program is generously supported by a prominent national foundation.

For more information or to support future programming, please visit www.goldaochacademy.org/nnn or contact Stephanie Bash-Soudry, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at sbashsoudry@goldaochacademy.org or 973-602-3612.