Help Noah raise money for the JFR

$9,731 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 18 months
Debra Frankel Goldstein
for The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Inc
 Garnet Valley, PA
"WHOEVER SAVES A SINGLE LIFE IS AS IF ONE SAVES THE ENTIRE WORLD" - TALMUD

My Bar Mitzvah Project has taught me that we are defined by our choices, and that we must always do the right thing.

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) seeks to identify, honor, and support Righteous non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Currently, the Foundation provides ongoing financial assistance to more than 600 Christian rescuers in 21 countries. The Foundation teaches that, in the midst of the worst evil in recorded history, there were people with the courage to care who made a difference.

To learn more about The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, please visit its website at: www.jfr.org

For my Bar Mitzvah Project, please help me raise $18,000 in support of The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. I chose this amount as my goal, because the number 18 signifies life in Judaism.

I became involved with the Foundation when I joined its Twinning Program in October 2016. On the occasion of my assuming the responsibilities of a Bar Mitzvah, my family chose to join The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in its mission of assisting those who rescued Jews, and enabled our community to continue and flourish. My family's gift, made in honor of our family and friends, will enable the Foundation to support Wladyslawa Dudziak. The Dudziak family saved Rozia (Rose) Beiman from Lublin, Poland in 1942.

I am hopeful that Rose, her children, and grandchildren, who live in Israel, will join me for my Bar Mitzvah in Israel this June.

I was honored when I was contacted by Stanlee Stahl, The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous' Executive Vice President, asking me to recite the Ha'Motzi (blessing over the bread) at its annual New York dinner on November 28, 2016 at the New York Public Library. I attended this dinner with my parents.

There, I had the honor of sitting with Roman Kent, President of the The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. Mr. Kent is a holocaust survivor who was liberated by the U.S. Army while on a death march in April 1945 from Flossenburg to Dachau. I also had the privilege of sitting with The Honorable Edward Korman, a Federal Judge who is the son of Jewish immigrants from the shtetls of Ukraine and Poland.

I further had the great honor and privilege of sitting with Mr. and Mrs. Jules Berman. Mr. Berman is the Chairman of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference). The Claims Conference negotiates on behalf of Holocaust survivors with Germany. Mr. Roman Kent is the Treasurer of the Claims Conference.

Finally, I had the opportunity to meet Pastor Chris Edmonds whose father, Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, saved hundreds of Jews in December 1944 during The Battle of the Bulge. Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds' Infantry Division was captured by the Germans.

Master Sgt. Edmonds from Knoxville, Tennessee was the highest ranking non-commissioned officer in his group. Upon his arrival in Ziegenhain, the commandant of Stalag IXA ,Major Siegman, ordered all Jewish POWs to present themselves the next morning. Master Sgt. Edmonds ordered all 1,292 American POWs to stand in formation outside of their barracks.

The next day, when Major Siegman saw that all 1,292 GIs were standing in front of their barracks, enraged he turned to Edmonds and said: "They cannot all be Jews!" To this, Master Sgt .Edmonds said, "We are all Jews here." Siegmann immediately drew his pistol and pressed it into Edmond's forehead. Roddie Edmonds did not back down and replied: "According to the Geneva Convention, we only have to give our name, rank and serial number. If you shoot me, you will have to shoot all of us, and when we win this war you will be tried for war crimes." Siegmann turned around and left. There were 200 Jewish GIs among the 1,292 American POWs. This act by Master Sgt. Edmonds saved the lives of these 200 Jewish GIs. Roddie Edmonds died in 1985, and was the fifth American to be recognized by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Among the Nations. It was chilling to see the descendants of the 200 Jewish GIs saved by Master Edmonds, and their children and grandchildren at the annual dinner.

In the wake of recent anti-Semitism plaguing our nation, bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers and Jewish cemeteries being vandalized, my Bar Mitzvah project in support of The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous is even more relevant. We must honor the Righteous, those men and women who refused to be passive in the face of the evil they witnessed by rescuing Jews, often at risk to their own lives and the lives of their family. Please join me to support this very important cause.

While in Israel this June for my Bar Mitzvah, I intend on paying my respects to my grandfather (Pop-Pop), Herschel Frankel, who is buried on Mount Olives. I also intend on visiting Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, as well as the grave of Oskar Schindler.

I look forward to meeting Rose Beiman and her children who were saved by Wladyslawa Dudziak, truly a righteous individual.

You can have an impact on the daily lives of the rescuers. All of the rescuers supported by the Foundation, regardless of where they live, are in need of our help. They are elderly, many are in poor health, and most of them are living in poverty.

You further enable the Foundation to continue its education program which preserves the legacy of the rescuers.

It is too late to thank the thousands of non-Jews tortured and murdered by the Germans and their collaborators, because they helped Jews. It is also too late to help the Christian and Muslim resucers who have since died. But we can, and should, help the Foundation to help the remarkable rescuers, the Righteous, still alive today who are elderly and in need.

Kindly help me in my mission of supporting the JFR, and please share this page with any and all family and friends whom you feel may be interested in this cause.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Noah Ethan Goldstein
Age 12


Above is a photo of my parents and I at the annual dinner for The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous at The New York Public Library.


Above is a photo of me and Harvey Shulweis, Chairman, The Jewish Foundation For the Righteous.

Above is a photo of me and Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of Master Sgt .Roddie Edmonds, a Righteus individual who saved 200 Jewish GIs in December 1944.

Above is a photo of Harvey Shulweis and I immediately following my Ha' Motzi.
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Thank you Paul Newman for your very generous direct donation to the JFR in honor of Noah's Bar Mitzvah campaign. To date, two families have made direct donations to the JFR for Noah's campaign bringing the total amount raised to Ten Thousand Fifty Two ($10,052.00) Dollars. Thank you again to everyone who has contributed, and for standing with our family in support of this most important cause. Your contributions will enable the Righteous men and women who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust to live out their remaining days with dignity. Many of these rescuers are living in poverty, and are in poor health. Your donations further enable the JFR to continue its educational programming to ensure the atrocities of the Holocaust never occur again. Have a happy Thanksgiving. With gratitude, the Goldstein Family
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On June 26, 2017, we had the honor and privilege of watching our son, Noah, become a Bar Mitzvah. Adding to our joy was the fact that Shoshana (Rose) Bieman-Golan and her wonderful husband, Micha, joined in the festivities. It was delightful to meet Rose, Micha, and one of their four children, Ronen. It was emotional for both of our families to meet and get to know each other. Rose shared with Noah that for years she only ate potato peels. She further shared that for seven (7) years she only owned and wore one pair of shoes. The Dudziak family who hid and saved Rose Bieman were living in poverty. Nonetheless, they provided her with food, shelter, and love. They prayed together. We learned that Wladyslawa Dudziak's health is failing. Thank you to all our friends and family who donated to the JFR in honor of Noah's Bar Mitzvah. Your donations will enable Wladyslawa to live out her remaining days with dignity. Moreover, the JFR just completed its educational programming for teachers at Columbia University which will ensure that the legacy of the Righteous continues, and that the atrocities of the Holocaust never occur again. Please consider helping the JFR.
Noah and Shoshana (Rose) Bieman-Golan
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Help Noah raise money for the JFR has reached 51% of its goal. Thanks to all of the incredibly generous donations of our family, friends, and even the random acts of kindness of anonymous donors. You have all had an impact on the daily lives of the rescuers. All of the rescuers supported by the Foundation are elderly, in poor health, and many are living in poverty. Your generous donations enable the Foundation's educational program which preserves the legacy of the Rescuers to continue. Please consider sharing Noah's page to your own Facebook page, or with your e-mail contacts. Please help spread the word.
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$9,731 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 18 months
Created March 19, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Inc
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DB
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Diana Butchko
10 months ago

Thank you for making the world a better place with your fundraiser!

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Janice Gross
12 months ago

Congratulations.

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