Community Synagogue of Rye will hold its third annual Sel Hubert speaker series Friday, April 20 at 7:30 in the Chapel at Rye Presbyterian Church. Hubert, a beloved past president of the Synagogue and Holocaust survivor, was a frequent speaker and teacher on the Holocaust and human rights.
Speaker Ellen Kaidanow, the daughter-in-law of two Holocaust survivors, will share the story of how her mother-in-law become the sole survivor of her family at age 6. She was saved by a Christian woman, who risked her life by hiding her for two years.
Kaidanow feels that part of her fate and purpose is to be a witness of her mother-in-law’s inspirational story, to have a personal connection to the Holocaust, and to help others to do the same.
A Harrison resident, she and her husband Joseph have two daughters and one son. Ellen worked in commercial real estate and executive recruiting before becoming a full-time mother, active community organizer, and volunteer for her children’s schools. She continues her volunteer work with her synagogue, UJA, and several other local nonprofit organizations.
She also enjoys being a member of Generations Forward, a group of second- and third-generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains Through the Center, she took an 18-week Holocaust Memories Preservation Workshop, Safekeeping Stories, which is designed to create effective Holocaust speakers. It is her great honor to tell her mother-in-law’s story: “The Girl with Four Names”.