Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee to receive State of Indiana Never Again Ambassador Award

November 1, 2021

The Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee will be recognized by the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), for its commitment to Holocaust education by being awarded the State of Indiana's Never Again Ambassador Award at the State's 23rd Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at the Capitol in Indianapolis. This will be the second year that awards will be given to individuals and organizations working to preserve the memory and lessons of the Holocaust for Hoosiers.

The Never Again Ambassador Award is for an individual or organization that has shown a commitment to Holocaust education and creates meaningful spaces for both the memories and lessons of the Holocaust to never be forgotten, so that such atrocities never again happen.

The goals of the Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee are to continue awareness of the Nazis' War against the Jews from 1933-1945, to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, and to promote individual, community, and media responsibility for combating the forces of prejudice, hatred, and discrimination today. The GLHRC was founded in 1981 by Rabbi Gedalyah Engel, Director of Hillel at Purdue, and the then Mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette, Jim Rhiele and Sonya Margerum. The first planned event was a Conference in 1982. Over the years, the Conferences have grown to include presentations by scholars, educators, authors, and representatives from many Greater Lafayette community organizations. Art exhibits, films, and theatrical and musical performances have been held in conjunction with the Conferences. During the past year, GLHRC events have been held remotely.

The Mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette have annually proclaimed the week of the Conference Holocaust Remembrance Week, and they have attended and spoken at our events.

The Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University partners with the GLHRC to conduct workshops for local educators, and the GLHRC annually offers grants to local educators for classroom projects.

Since its inception, the Committee has included Purdue professors and staff, local educators, religious leaders, students, and members of the Greater Lafayette community. Membership is open to anyone interested in the organization's mission. "For the past 40 years, scores of volunteers have worked to advance the mission of the GLHRC. This award is a tribute to their dedication and hard work," said Sarah Powley, the organization?s chairperson.

For more information:

The Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee
Chair: Sarah Powley

Link to event details
Social media channels for ICRC & JCRC, and event website