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The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous provides financial support to more than 600 non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and preserves their legacy through a national education program.


On Monday, December 1, 2014, the JFR will honor Iris and Saul Katz with the Foundation’s Recognition of Goodness award. The JFR will also be reuniting Helena Weglowska Szachniewicz, a Righteous Gentile from Poland, with Mira Gutfilen, the the Jewish woman she saved. The last time they saw each other was in 1945, almost 70 years ago. The dinner will be held at the Waldorf Astoria.

Iris and Saul Katz have been supporters of the JFR for more than twenty years. Iris is a valued board member and chairs the JFR’s Development Committee. Over the years, Iris and Saul have worked to further the mission of the JFR. They have provided financial assistance to our rescuer support program and have expanded the JFR's education program. We are pleased that we are able to honor Mr. and Mrs. Katz and thank them for their commitment to Tikun Olam – repairing the world.

For more information please call the JFR office and speak with Dara Zadikow at 212-727-9955. 


The 2013 JFR dinner, which was held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City honored Peter A. Lefkin, Senior Vice President, Government & External Affairs, Allianz Corporation of America with the Recognition of Goodness award.  Peter has a deep commitment to the JFR and to helping Holocaust survivors. The dinner was an enormous success with more than 600 people attended the dinner.

At the dinner, the JFR reunited Czeslaw Polziec, a Righteous Gentile from Poland, with Leon Gersten, and the Jewish boy he and his family saved.  Czelaw and Leon had not seen each other since 1945.   Their story was told in the JFR-produced documentary, “Reunion 2013: The Quiet Heroes” and was shown at the dinner.   The documentary received three Telly awards -- Silver in Education, Bronze in Non-Profit, and Bronze in History/Biography. 

Another highlight of the evening was recognizing an outstanding teacher.  JFR Executive Vice President Stanlee J. Stahl presented the Robert I. Goldman Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education to Alfred Lerner Fellow (2012) Amy McDonald, a high school history teacher at Shades Valley High School in Birmingham, Alabama. 

It was a very special evening.  We are grateful to all the supporters of the JFR for making the dinner such a huge success.

Visit our facebook page to see photos from the dinner.


Iris and Saul KatzIris and Saul Katz

Closing ceremony





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