Holocaust Museum LA will hold its 15th annual gala on November 6, raising awareness of the need for education at a time when antisemitism, racism, and hate are on the rise.
America's oldest Holocaust museum will give its new Award of Courage to Hollywood actor/former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his campaign to "terminate hate." In addition, GRoW founder Gregory Annenberg Weingarten will receive the Jona Goldrich Visionary Award for his longtime support of the museum's mission and expansion. Gregory is funding the GRoW @ Annenberg Rooftop Garden, an outdoor space that can be used for art-reflection projects and special events.
Sandra Gerson Kanengiser, whose parents were Holocaust survivors, also will be honored for her support of the museum's student tours. During the ceremony, survivors will light the Eternal Flame of Courage that will permanently reside in the museum's renovated Jona Goldrich Campus, which is set to reopen in 2025.
Proceeds from the gala, which will be hosted by Melissa Rivers, support the museum's campaign to educate the public about the Holocaust and all forms of modern-day persecution and discrimination. Founded in 1961, the museum encourages visitors to connect with Holocaust survivors, invites students to learn about the children who perished in World War II, and offers teachers the necessary resources to discuss the Holocaust in their classrooms.