Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus to Honor Dr. Richard K. Stoler at 30th Anniversary Dinner, Nov. 9

Prominent attorney, author and TV analyst Alan Dershowitz will deliver the keynote address at the Holocaust Memorial Center's 30th Anniversary Dinner.

Farmington Hills, MI, October 25, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus is hosting its 30th Anniversary Dinner, Sunday, Nov. 9 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (27375 Bell Rd.) in Southfield.

The annual fundraising event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will honor Dr. Richard K. Stoler of Bloomfield Township for his dedication and commitment to the center. Attorney, activist and TV analyst Alan Dershowitz will deliver the keynote address and discuss anti-Semitism and racism in the world today.

Stoler, an ear, nose and throat doctor with offices in Livonia and Garden City, is dedicated to preserving the past so that future generations can learn from it by connecting members of the community to its Eastern European roots. His main area of focus centers within a 60-mile radius of Bereznitz in the Ukraine.

Through the guidance and assistance of Holocaust Memorial Center Head Librarian Feiga Weiss and Temple Beth El Historical Society Archivist Jan Durecki, Stoler estimates he has helped approximately 300 people over the past decade find distant relatives, their places of birth and learn their families’ history.

Stoler expects that number to continue to increase in the years to come. As he puts it, “In two generations, people might want to figure out where they came from. I hope that my work helps them answer that question.” Stoler is a strong advocate of preserving documents, photos and treasures as a means to keep tangible memories of the past. The Holocaust Memorial Center has offered space to those wishing to store such artifacts.

Alan Dershowitz is a prolific lawyer, author and political commentator. He also is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he has been part of the faculty since age 25.

Professor Dershowitz has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights.” He has been involved in several high profile legal cases, including his role in overturning the conviction of Claus von Bülow for the attempted murder of his wife, Sunny.

In addition to publishing more than 1,000 articles in magazines, newspapers, journals and blogs, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Law Review and Yale Law Journal, Professor Dershowitz is the author of 30 fiction and non-fiction works including The New York Times #1 bestseller Chutzpah and five other national bestsellers.

Some of his earlier titles included The Trials of Zion, Rights From Wrong; The Case For Israel, The Case For Peace; Blasphemy; Preemption; Finding Jefferson; and Shouting Fire. In October, Crown, a division of Random House, published his autobiography, Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law.

The chairpersons for the 30th Anniversary Dinner are Jackie and Joel Smith. Lori and Steven Weisberg are the dinner advisors.

Reservations for the dinner are required. For tickets or more information, contact Jackie Yashinsky at 248-553-2400 (ext. 29), or jackie.yashinsky@holocaustcenter.org.

About The Holocaust Memorial Center
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus opened in 1984. It was founded by local Holocaust survivors with community support, to teach about the senseless murder of millions, and why each of us must respect and stand up for the rights of others if we are to prevent future discrimination, hate crime and genocide. As Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, we touch the lives of more than 85,000 individuals each year who leave here profoundly affected with a newly acquired sense of history, social responsibility and morality. Our exhibits create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking our guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism, intolerance, bullying and prejudice.

The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.

For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center, visit www.holocaustcenter.org, or call 248-553-2400.
Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
Mike Ingberg