Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Of Blessed Memory: Honoring the LGBTQ Lives Lost to the Holocaust
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Of Blessed Memory: Honoring the LGBT Lives Lost to the Holoc

In addition to millions of Jews, thousands of LGBTQ people are said to have died in the Holocaust. For the Jewish community, it has been a tradition to commemorate the Shoah (Holocaust) for decades; within the LGBTQ world, rituals are still emerging.

GLOE is honored to observe Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) this year with a private tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, guided by USHMM curatorial assistant Jonathan Edelman and gay Holocaust survivor Dr. Alfred Münzer.  Following the tour – which will take place before the museum opens to the public on Sunday, April 8 – participants will join an in-depth discussion with Dr. W. Jake Newsome, a program officer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum with a Ph.D. in the LGBTQ history of the Holocaust.  Openly gay Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser of Temple Sinai will also lead a reflective moment of liturgy and ritual, including a recitation of the Mourner's Kaddish.

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Jonathan Edelman

Curatorial Assistant,
National Institute for Holocaust Documentation,
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Mr. Jonathan Edelman

Jonathan Edelman works in the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. In his work, Jonathan focuses on historical film footage, testimonies from survivors and witnesses, and the museum's recorded sound archive. A graduate of Clark University, Jonathan majored in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and has been at the museum since 2016. This Fall, he will be pursuing a Masters in Museum Studies at George Washington University.


Alfred Münzer, M.D.

Holocaust survivor 

Dr. Alfred Münzer

Dr. Alfred Münzer was born in the Netherlands during WWII and lost many members of his family in the Holocaust. He spent the first four years of his life hidden from the Nazi occupiers with a Dutch-Indonesian family. He came to the United States in 1958.

Al has been a longtime supporter of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. For the past six years has been a volunteer at the museum translating diaries from Dutch into English for a five-volume series called Jewish Responses to Persecution and serving as docent for the museum’s permanent and special exhibitions. Because of his relationship with the Indonesian family that rescued him during the Holocaust, Al is deeply engaged in an outreach program directed to Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.


W. Jake Newsome, Ph.D.

Campus Outreach Program Officer,
Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies,
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. W. Jake Newsome

Dr. Jake Newsome is the Campus Outreach Program Officer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he is responsible for developing the Museum’s enhanced, strategic outreach program for institutions of higher education throughout the United States. These programs take the lessons of the Holocaust beyond the Museum’s walls and inspire new generations of scholars, students, and leaders to engage with the history and contemporary relevance of the Holocaust. Dr. Newsome’s research focuses on Holocaust history, gender and sexuality, and memory studies. His current book project, Pink Triangle Legacies: Holocaust Memory and Modern Gay Identity, explores how various actors in the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America transformed collective memories of the Nazis’ persecution of gays and lesbians into transnational discourses that shaped contemporary understandings of sexual identity, human rights, and citizenship in modern democratic societies.


Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser

Associate Rabbi,
Temple Sinai
Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser

Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser joined the Temple Sinai team in July 2014 as Associate Rabbi. He was ordained in 2009 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Adam grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and received a BA in History from the University of Michigan. Before working at Temple Sinai, Rabbi Adam spent five years as Assistant then Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California.

Rabbi Adam works closely with congregants in the realms of pastoral care and adult education. He is passionate about creating meaningful Jewish experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. Rabbi Adam is married to Shalom Rosenberg. They live in Cleveland Park with their daughter, Eliza, and their dog, Phaedra.

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
Washington, DC 20024

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