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Holocaust Survivor Rabbi Lazowski Speaks at Holocaust Remembrance Day

Release Date:
3/18/2015 12:00 AM

Mar. 18, 2015

Phillip Lazowsky, features Phillip Lazowski

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – Rabbi Philip Lazowski, a Holocaust survivor, will speak on Tuesday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at the University of New Haven.

The event is part of UNH’s 12th annual Holocaust Remembrance Event, and will take place at Bucknall Theater in Dodds Hall on UNH’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.

The ceremony will feature the reading of the names of relatives of UNH faculty and staff who perished in the Holocaust.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

This year’s keynote speaker is a West Hartford resident who was born in 1930 near Vilna in Bielice, Poland (now Belarus) and survived the Holocaust by hiding for almost three years in White Russian forests.

After immigrating to the United States in 1947, Lazowski earned numerous degrees, including a master of  science degree from Yeshiva University’s Graduate School of Education, ordination as a rabbi by the Academy of Higher Jewish Learning, and a Doctorate in Jewish literature from Jewish Teacher’s Seminary and People’s University.

Lazowski is the author of several books including, Faith and Destiny, describing his Holocaust experience.

He has served as a Hartford police chaplain, as a member of a West Hartford commission on aging, and is a past president of both the Educators' Council of Connecticut and the Jewish Education Council of Hartford. He is rabbi emeritus at Beth Hillel Synagogue in Bloomfield, Conn.

For more information about the ceremony, contact Ira Kleinfeld at

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