Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information (CHAI)

The Federation's Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information (CHAI) works to ensure that the Holocaust and its lessons are not forgotten. Its acronym, CHAI, meaning "life" in Hebrew, reflects the mission of The Center, to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust through the life stories of local survivors and their families. 
The Center is located on site at the Jewish Federation and can be reached by phone at 585.461.0490.
Through our award winning "Survivors in the Classroom" program, these important witnesses address thousands of students yearly, ranging from 6th graders through college students. Books, videos and archival materials based on survivors' experiences are also available.
New York State has mandated the teaching of the Holocaust; the Center trains teachers and provides them with the necessary resources to do that job effectively.

CHAI offers: 

  • We now have funding available for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to be used for purposes of education to raise awareness about the Holocaust. Click here to submit a grant request by May 3, 2019 or contact Amy Libenson for more information

  • On-site library and media center including 1,200 books, 400 videos and 70 survivor testimonies

  • Publications including the website, a web version of the book Perilous Journeys, stories of peril and rescue as told by ten area Holocaust survivors

  • Annual teacher and student interschool conferences

  • CHAI Update. To register to receive a copy via email, contact

  • Community programming on the Holocaust

  • Speakers' Bureau

  • Poster series and photography exhibit available for loan​

  • CHAI helps lead the teen Journey for Identity from Rochester to Poland and Israel.




Yom HaShoah 2019 Holocaust Remembrance

Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center 1200 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618



Lunch & Learn With Dr Nurit Fischer-Shemer

Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center 1200 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618



Holocaust Remembrance Concert

University of Rochester Eastman School Of Music 26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY



Music From Terezin Surviving Spirits

Lutheran Church Of The Incarnate Word 597 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607



Music From Terezin Surviving Spirits

First Presbyterian Church Of Pittsford 21 Church Street
Pittsford, NY 14534