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5:30 p.m. | Online

Join us for a lively evening celebrating history and community, and marking the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center’s first decade at New England Historic Genealogical Society

Schedule of Events

5:30 pm EDT Reception

6:00 pm EDT Program

Margot Stern Strom, Founder of Facing History and Ourselves,
with the Tzedakah Lifetime Achievement Award


In Conversation with
Adam Strom, Co-Founder of Re-Imagining Migration

Herbert Selesnick with the Volunteer Leadership Award


Tzedakah Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Margot Strom

The founder of the international organization Facing History and Ourselves, Margot Stern Strom has inspired millions of students and teachers around the world to investigate the root causes of racism, antisemitism, and prejudice, and to understand the obligations of civic participation. Raised in Memphis, TN, during the Jim Crow era, Margot learned from her family to question the racial segregation and discrimination that she saw around her in the Deep South. As a young middle-school history teacher in Brookline, MA, she applied her understanding of moral development and identity formation in adolescents to develop a teaching style that recognized students as moral philosophers. In 1976, Margot developed a course, “Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior,” which engaged students in understanding the events that led to the Holocaust. Out of that first program, she grew Facing History over the next four decades into a global nonprofit working with tens of thousands of teachers to engage students in making connections between past and present, thinking deeply about human choices and actions, and becoming compassionate, responsible citizens.

Margot Strom will be in conversation with her son,Adam Strom, about her career and their family history. Adam carries on the family’s commitment to education and social justice as the founder and Executive Director of Re-Imagining Migration, an organization whose mission is to advance the education and well-being of immigrant-origin youth, decrease bias and hatred against young people of diverse origins, and help rising generations develop the understanding to build and sustain welcoming and inclusive communities. At Re-Imagining Migration and in his previous content development role at Facing History and Ourselves, Adam has developed educational resources that have been used to teach millions of students around the world, including numerous resource books, study guides, and films on identity and prejudice, Holocaust and Genocide, and Civil and Human Rights.  

Herbert Selesnick

We will honor Herbert "Herb" Selesnick for his outstanding volunteer leadership. During a career spanning more than five decades, Herb founded an organizational consultancy, with his wife, Hinda Sterling, that helped more than 200 public, private and non-profit enterprises make strategic and self-directed change. He has applied this professional expertise in a pro-bono capacity while serving on nonprofit boards. As a board member of the North Shore Jewish Historical Society, he facilitated the Society's 2016 merger with the Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) at New England Historic Genealogical Society. An active member of the JHC’s Advisory Council since then, Herb has recently led the Council in an invaluable strategic planning process that resulted in a five-year plan​ for the JHC. Herb holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree from MIT’s Sloan School, and a Ph.D. from the MIT Center for International Studies. Herb and Hinda's family collection, the Sterling and Selesnick Family Papers, is preserved in the JHC archives.




*All proceeds from this event are fully tax deductible and will support the ​Jewish Heritage Center's Tenth Anniversary Campaign​. ​Guests at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Sponsor levels will be recognized on the JHC's website; Silver and Gold Sponsors will be acknowledged in the event presentation, and Gold Sponsors will be thanked in live remarks during the event. 



This program will be shared over Zoom Video Conferencing 
Access to a personal device and internet connection is required to take full advantage of  the live broadcast.   

One ticket required per household

If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Reardon, Events Manager, at or 617-226-1215.

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