Jewish Holocaust Centre Foundation receives unprecedented gift to establish a “Centre for Holocaust Education”

The Jewish Holocaust Centre Foundation (JHCF) is excited to announce that it has received an unprecedented pledge to support Holocaust education at the Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC). In recognition of this gift, the JHC will establish The Judy & Leon Goldman Centre for Holocaust Education. This transformational commitment, in the form of an endowment to the Foundation from Leon Goldman and his family, will secure the ongoing delivery of educational programs designed to inspire students and others to confront hatred, prevent racism and promote human dignity.
The prestigious naming of the “Judy & Leon Goldman Centre for Holocaust Education” is in recognition of the largest gift ever received by either the JHC or the Foundation.

The Judy & Leon Goldman Centre for Holocaust Education will be the pre-eminent Centre for Holocaust education in Australia, embracing all aspects of the JHC’s educational activities, including the ongoing development and delivery of a range of programs for a variety of visitor groups, including students, educators, public servants and professionals. It will ensure that the JHC continues its role in advancing and disseminating knowledge about the tragedy of the Holocaust while encouraging visitors to reflect on the need for vigilance in preserving a democratic society.

Mr Leon Goldman said, “On behalf of my late wife Judy (nee Rosenkranz), our daughter Terri, and her husband Jonathan Lazarus, I am pleased that our family will be associated with the current redevelopment and continued financial support, together with the wider Jewish community, in the Holocaust Centre’s vital ongoing educational programs.”

“We are overwhelmed and so grateful for the vision and foresight of the Goldman family. This outstanding gift will enable us to continue to expand our educational agenda to ensure maximum output and reach across Victoria and beyond. It will support the further development of both museum and outreach programs through educational initiatives.” said Helen Mahemoff, Chair of the JHCF.
“The Judy & Leon Goldman Centre for Holocaust Education, as a sub-brand of the JHC, will be used in JHC communications, and will come to represent both the JHC and the Goldman’s far-reaching contribution to learning, teaching, research and community engagement – all part of the JHC’s mission to ‘Keep the Survivors’ Voices Alive’ and extend programs to educate widely for acceptance of a culturally diverse and cohesive society” she said.

Established in 2003 by Helen Mahemoff, the Jewish Holocaust Centre Foundation provides the opportunity for donors to support the Centre in a significant and enduring manner. The JHCF is a stand-alone entity with the sole purpose of providing for the long-term future financial security and sustainability of the JHC. The Foundation’s charter is to raise funds from donors in order to build a substantial permanent endowment fund.

An independent Board of Trustees governs the Foundation corpus, which together with the Goldman commitment will exceed $19M. Every gift to the Foundation is applied in full to the endowment and a portion of the income is granted annually to the JHC. In this way, the fund maintains its real value and every gift has a growing and everlasting impact on the vital work of the JHC.
“The JHCF currently covers almost 50 percent of the Centre’s running costs and is a rare asset in the Jewish communal landscape. Helen’s tireless work has created a strong sense of security for the future needs of the JHC” said Jayne Josem, Museum Director.

“We are greatly indebted to the Goldman family for this extraordinary gift and extend our heartfelt thanks to Leon, Terri and Jonathan for their exceptional support of the JHC” she said.


Image: Pauline Rockman OAM, Co -President JHC, Leon Goldman, Terri Lazarus, Johnathan Lazarus, Helen Mahemoff, Chair JHC Foundation and Jayne Josem, Museum Director