20 Adar 5780 / March 16, 2020

 

Dear Friends of the HMMSA,

 

The Jewish Federation and Community Campus agency leadership has been actively monitoring the ongoing developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) in conjunction with local and state public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

 

Because of the continuously evolving nature of this situation and out of an abundance of caution, the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio (HMMSA) is joining other San Antonio area places of public gathering and temporarily suspending its visitors’ hours for the next two weeks to prevent exposure to visitors and staff. The current plan is to reopen Monday, March 30, 2020. However, please note, that when we reopen and return to our “normal” schedule, we expect that our in-person Holocaust survivors’ stories will still be delayed for a number of weeks beyond this date.

 

This temporary suspension of museum hours will provide the staff time to evaluate the ongoing situation and gain more information in order to continue to make the safest and most conscientious decisions during this unprecedented time. HMMSA staff will be available by email should you have any specific questions. Information regarding previously scheduled tours will be sent to the lead contacts on file.

 

The steps we collectively take will help prevent the spread of the virus across the community. Please stay safe and continue to monitor the HMMSA communications via email, website, and social media for access to the most up-to-date information. We look forward to sharing the news of our return to our regular schedule as soon as possible.

 

With greatest appreciation for your ongoing support and commitment to the museum,

 

Nehemia “Nammie” Ichilov, Museum Director

 

P.S. Extensive online resources, including the HMMSA virtual tour, are available at HMMSA.org

2018 HMMSA Benefit

In 2018 the Jewish Federation hosted it's second benefit for the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio. Honorary event chairs were Renee and Marty Wender and Linda and Phil Hardberger. It was a special evening that highlighted the great work our Holocaust Memorial Museum does in educating our community and the next generation of the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Guest speaker Jennifer Teege, author of bestselling novel, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me shared her struggles, and eventual triumph, in accepting the knowledge that she is Austrian Nazi concentration camp commander and war criminal Amon Göth's granddaughter. The event was a great success in raising the funds that will allow the museum to expand its hours of operation, as well as raising awareness of our museum in San Antonio and the important role it plays in fostering speaking out for justice.

 

CLICK HERE to be redirected to the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio's Website

 

For more information or to get involved, contact Kate McCloud, Programs Manager, at (210) 302-6857 or mccloudk@jfsatx.org