Author is Guest Speaker at Eliezer: the Jewish Society at Yale

Having a great conversation with Professor Eugene Fidell, Senior Research Scholar in Law & Florence Rogatz Visisiting Lecuturer in Law at Yale University and Rabbi Shmully Hecht, one of the founders of Eliezer: the Jewish Society at Yale One of the highlights of 2014 was  the privilege and honor to be a guest speaker at a dinner hosted by Eliezer: the Jewish… (more…)

Photos of book club presentations


“Izzy’s Fire” goes to Brazil

Camila Shiffl, a history teacher in Brazil, was so interested in studying Holocaust history that she paid her own way to Richmond to participate in the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute held each year at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond. Since I was also taking the class, I met Camila, who was staying in Williamsburg housing where other international students… (more…)

Bryan Parkway Book Club

My dear friend, Carla Davis, invited me recently to speak to the Bryan Parkway Book Club. Look what a lovely bouquet and card they sent as a special thanks for the program. Did I tell you that I love flowers?

Abigail “Abby” Reasor earns her GSA Silver Award – Starts Holocaust Education Program in Virginia

Abigail “Abby” Reasor (pictured on the right) recently earned her Girl Scouts of America Silver Award by developing the first-of-its-kind Holocaust education patch in Virginia. Abby is a member of Troop 793, which is led by her mother, Erin. Abby was assisted by her best friend, Kaitlyn Sorensen (pictured on the left), member of Troop #280 whose mother, Anne, is troop leader… (more…)

Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute

  The Virginia Holocaust Museum (VHM) in Richmond, VA, holds two week-long seminars each summer that are generally attended by about 30, or more, teachers and individuals interested in enlarging their knowledge of Holocaust education. Three graduate credits can be earned. The tuition is free, including room and board at the University of Richmond, which partners with the museum to… (more…)

St. James Episcopal Church


Girl Scouts Making a Difference

  When Kaitlyn Sorensen and Abigail “Abby” Reasor  became friends at the age of 3, they couldn’t have imagined their friendship might eventually have national significance.  Their Sunday School class at Fairfield Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsville, VA, became a touchstone for their early lives, along with their decision to join a Daisy troop, the beginning level of Girl Scouts. In 2013, during… (more…)

Recent Happenings

  Several events have taken place since I last posted on this site. I’ve been traveling a great deal, which makes it difficult to post consistently. However, I want to thank three different groups who have been kind enough to invite me to speak. The first one is St Michael’s Episcopal School, which is near Richmond. The students were so… (more…)

Looking Back on 2012

Several notable events took place in 2012 that I need to update. A book trailer for “Izzy’s Fire” was finalized and added to the banner of this website. Please have a look and be sure to share with your friends. The Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburg provided a scholarship so I could take a second course in Lithuanian, while a friend supported my… (more…)