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Names Not Numbers 2023

Names, Not Numbers©

We are proud of our 8th grade students who interviewed six Holocaust survivors this year as part of the international Names, Not Numbers© film documentary project. Through these interviews, students are given the opportunity to interact with survivors, capture their important testimonies, commit them to film, and ensure their messages will never be forgotten. This year’s survivors included Mrs. Doris Fogel, Mrs. Ruth Gilbert, Mrs. Erna Gorman, Mrs. Ellie Merar, Mrs. Gdalina Novitsky, Mr. Lane Rubinstein.

The 2023 Program was generously sponsored by grandparents Linda and Stanley Weissbrot.

We feel blessed to be able to give our students this chance to hear such important history straight from the source.

Dedications from Our Society of Patrons

We thank the members of the Society of Patrons for their commitment to the future of Hillel Torah, and for their support of our Names, Not Numbers© program.


The Rothner Family In memory of Sala Garncaz Kirschner A”H and Raizel Garncaz Langa A”H, survivors of the Shoah, and in honor of the bravery of Sidney Kirschner.


Tanya and Chaim Lubin In memory of those no longer with us. May we cherish and honor them always.

Linda and Stanley Weissbrot In loving memory of our parents, Fay and Morris Weiss z”l and Riva and Joe Weissbrot z”l. We thank Hillel Torah for promoting the Names, Not Numbers program for its students, thus ensuring the messages of Holocaust Survivors will not be forgotten


Dani and Lior Geft In honor of and reverence to the family we never knew and our parents who ensured we would never forget. Thank you for deepening our roots and knowledge of our past so we can continue to grow stronger and taller far into the future.

Laurie and Bernard Hasten In honor of our heroic survivors who courageously told their stories of survival. In honor of our 8th grade students who so diligently listened and learned from our survivors so that they can retell these amazing stories to future generations.

Aviva, Ami, Kiki, Dini & Tani Robinson In memory of Doris and Fred Goldsmith of blessed memory, and in honor of our last child Solomon (Solly) Zeke Robinson’s graduation from Hillel Torah. Thank you HT for a wonderful 18 years of educating and nurturing our children.


Miriam and Jon Friedman In honor of our daughter, Iyla Friedman, and this year’s 8th grade class for their hard work on this important documentary, and in memory of those who perished in the Shoah. The commitment to “Never Forget” is a critical part of our history and our future. Thank you to Mrs. Pinchot and Mrs. Hasten for providing our children with this incredible opportunity to help memorialize our history for generations to come.

Sima and Jeff Neiger In loving memory of Judith Schwarz z”l and Jakob Neiger z”l, and all other survivors of the Shoah who found the strength to carry on the traditions of the past into the  future, ensuring the survival of future generations of Am Yisrael.


Vivian and Nathan Bloch In honor of the Courageous Israeli Soldiers, past and present, whose heroism allows us to confidently say “Never Again”.

Barbara and Steve Geller In memory of Miriam Spanier Herzberg, z”l, mother of Alida Harris.  She was born in Tarnow, Poland, and survived Auschwitz. She was a brave enough woman to share details of her life and the horrors she went through, in a time when so many people weren’t talking about it.

Neeli and Lyle Sudin In memory of the 30th yahrzeit of our grandfather and great grandfather, Saba Eliyahu Yavor. We would not be here today if he didn’t do everything he could to survive the atrocities of the Shoah.

Julie and Nathan Thomas In honor of Jacob Thomas’s maternal great grandparents, Tibor and Sara Hartman. From the horrors and destruction of the Holocaust, they found strength and emunah to rebuild their lives and create a beautiful and Torah observant family.

Rifka and Daniel Weiss Thank you to all of our teachers, staff and administrators for another amazing year! Laurie and Lori we are so grateful for all your hard work, sensitivity, and compassion that you pass on to our children with the NNN program. May you be able to continue for many more years.


Orah and Lev Katz Thank you to Hillel Torah and its teachers, staff, and administration, for providing this special opportunity for our children.


Leah and Etan Finkel In memory of all of those who perished in the Holocaust and in honor of those who ensure the continuity of everything they lived and died for.

Joel and Rebecca Gorenstein In honor of the survivors of the Gorenstein and Kliger families and in memory of those who perished during the Shoah. May their memories be for a blessing.

Nora and Matthew Koenig In honor of our Hillel Torah graduates, Dana, Adam, Abigail and Aaron and in memory of their great grandparents, Louis and Vera Mayers, who were survivors.

Aviva and Nathan Lichtenstein In loving memory of their parents, Holocaust survivors, and in memory of their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who perished in the Shoah.

Devora and Rabbi Menachem Linzer In honor of all of the NNN Survivors, the entire HT graduating class of 5783 – 2023, and in memory of our grandmother, Ruth Linzer’s family (Goldstein) who perished in the Shoah.

Margo and David StrahlbergIn honor of the survivors who have shared their personal stories with the Hillel Torah community: Mrs. Doris Fogel, Mrs. Ruth Gilbert, Mrs. Erna Gorman, Mrs. Ellie Merar, Mrs. Gdalina Novitsky, Mr. Lane Rubinstein. Thank you to Mrs. Laurie Pinchot for leading this important project and to the amazing filmmakers.


The Baronofsky Family In memory of our grandparents/great grandparents Miriam and Aron Chen z”l, survivors of Auschwitz and Czestechowa labor camps.

Becca, Bin, Ari, and Maya Dauber In honor of all those who perished in the Holocaust, in honor of Louis Dauber who was fortunate enough to escape and may he live in good health, and in honor of the Hillel Torah students who have invested time and effort in this program to show generations to come that we must never forget.

Alison, Eytan, Eli, Erin and Dylan Fox In loving memory of our grandparents and great grandparents Mary Cherny, z’l and Max Cherny, z’l, and our dear friend Dr. Joseph Weinberg, z’l. Their heroism during and after the Shoah will never be forgotten and continues to be an inspiration.

Rachael and Asher Gelman In honor of our parents Paula and David Gelman and Marsha and Rick Arons.

Alyssa and Ross Gordon In memory of our beloved sister and aunt, and Hillel Torah student, Shana Block, z”l.

Debbie and Robert Hartman In honor of our Grandson, Jacob Thomas – great grandson of Holocaust Survivors Sarah and Tibor Hartman.

Judy and Albert Milstein In memory of Ruth and Sam Milstein.

Aviva and Aryeh Needle In memory of all whose lives were taken but live on through the education and stories our children are so fortunate to have through this incredible program.

Michelle and Joshua Prince In memory of Wanda Rotbart, z”l.

Annie and Jared Rubenstein In honor of the members of the Silbernik, Nortman, Gayer and Raykher families that survived as well as all the other survivors of the Holocaust and the incredible legacy they have created.  We also dedicate in memory of all those who perished in the  Holocaust.  May their memory be a blessing.

Amy and Howard Rosenburg In honor of Amy’s grandmother EIaine Lefkowitz, who survived the worst of humanity and perseveres as our role model of the best of humanity.

Dedications from Our Community

We appreciate our community’s support of our Names, Not Numbers© program.


Ronni and Elliott Robinson In honor of Solly Z Robinson.


Michelle and Joseph Hasten In memory of the Victims, and in honor of the Survivors of the    Holocaust.


Adam Saltzman and Ilana Gonik In memory of Sam and Yetta Gonik, great grandparents of Mia Saltzman, who survived the Holocaust and whose legacy includes 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren. In memory of all of the Gonik and Guz family that perished and  survived the Holocaust.

Judy and Norm Litz In memory of our beloved parents Bernice and Gershon Young and Pauline and Bernard Litz.


Shana and Steve Erenberg In honor of our granddaughter, Iyla Phoebe Friedman, for your hard work on this important project.

Lisa and Allan GoldenbergIn memory of Martin Korman, Morry and Jean Korman, and Menashe and Molly Rohtbart, who survived the Holocaust and rebuilt their lives.

Cookie and Bernard Gonik In memory of Yetta and Sam Gonik who survived the Shoah. The great grandparents of Mia, Eli and Liam Saltzman.

Gayle and Ira Kopin In honor of all our survivors.

Michael Nussbaum In memory of our grandparents a”h, Rabbi Dr. Bernard & Eugenie Hamburger.


Robyn and Daniel Ackerman In honor of Jakey’s great grandparents, Andrew and Rose Phillips z’l, who both survived Auschwitz and their enduring love for Judaism became the cornerstone of a remarkable family legacy spanning generations.

Ilene and Mitchell Cutler In memory of Myrtle and David Figman who worked tirelessly to promote the necessity of Holocaust Education. From their Children and Grandchildren.

Deborah Leonard In memory of Holocaust survivors Moshe and Sonia Borg, Sarah Leonard’s great grandparents who would be extremely proud of her.

The Leonard Family In memory of the victims and survivors of the Shoah in our family and in honor of the 8th graders, including Sarah Leonard, for preserving the memory of those survivors who remain.

Hessie and Barry Needle In honor of Ariana Needle and the graduating class.

Susan Stein In memory of Isidore Heisler, who was one of the six million, and in memory of Ben Heisler, our father and Zaiyde.

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