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The Butterflies of Hope and Remembrance Project commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.


The Butterflies of Hope and Remembrance project is working with community partners, schools, teachers, libraries, universities and faith-based organizations to support and participate in programming for this year-long initiative.


There will be a variety of educational programs to promote Holocaust and genocide education. Programming will include speakers, films, musical programs, displays and art exhibits.


Please join us in remembering throughout the year as we pay tribute to and honor those and their families who endured the atrocities of the Holocaust; to the Righteous Among the Nations who, at great risk, helped to rescue them; and, to those who liberated them.

Let’s stand up together to say, “Never Again” and to resist all expressions of discrimination, persecution and hatred, with the hope of making this world a better place for generations to come.

We'll be back soon with our website!



  • JAN 30 – Lecture: Holocaust Denial/Importance of Holocaust Education

            Dr. Andre Krauss- 11am-12pm--Temple Beth Sholom

  • FEB11 — Movie: DENIAL 

            1:30 Selby Library- Sarasota

  • FEB18 — Lecture-: Holocaust Denial

            Dr. Andre Krauss- 2pm-3pm Selby Library- Sarasota

  • FEB 19 – US Holocaust Memorial Museum Event
            How Did American Women Act? Heroism on the Homefront Panel Discussion
          7:00-9:00pm--Temple Beth Sholom. Download Flyer. To register click:

  • FEB 25 – Deborah Lipstadt Community Lecture
          Professor Deborah Lipstadt—Emory University
          7:00-9:00pm—Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
          Sponsored by The Jewish Federation Sarasota-Manatee

  • MAR & APR-- Travelling Exhibits
           Selby Library---Sarasota

  • MAR 2— Movie: DEFIANCE
           4--6pm—Temple Beth Israel-Long Boat Key

  • MAR 3— Lecture: Inside Hitler’s Head
            Dr Andre Krauss
           2pm—Temple Beth Israel

  • MAR 5--- Lecture: Rescuers of the Holocaust
           Dr. Andre Krauss—Sponsored by OLLI
           2:30-4:00pm—Ringling College Museum Campus

  • MAR 10 — Lecture: Rescuers of the Holocaust
           Dr. Andre Krauss—2pm Selby Library-Sarasota

  • MAR 10 — Lecture: Ruth Bielski Ehrreich 
           Daughter of Tuvia Bielski, partisan in Belarus
           7-9pm—Temple Beth Sholom

  • MAR 17— Lecture: Holocaust Denial 
           Dr. Andre Krauss
           2pm—Temple Beth Israel

  • APR 20-- Yom HaShoah Event
           Sarasota Rabbinical Association 
           7:30pm- Temple Emanuel-Sarasota

  • APR 21— Lecture: The Holocaust in Cinema
          Dr. Andre Krauss
           4:30-6:30-Braden River Branch Library, Bradenton

  • APR 26 -- Yom HaShoah Event
            Diocese of Venice
           2:30pm -Epiphany Cathedral- Venice

  • MAY 7--- VE Day – Tribute to the Righteous
            Stanlee Stahl and Pastor Chris Edmonds
            6:30pm –Florida Holocaust Museum- St. Petersburg

  • NOV 8--- Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht)                
           4:00pm-6:00pm-Church of the Palms
           Sponsored by The Jewish Federation Sarasota—Manatee

  • DEC 13--- Celebration of Life & Light 
            Chanukah in the Park Event 
           3pm- Philippi Estate Park -Sponsored by Chabad

  • A year-long commemoration of special events and Holocaust and genocide educational programming honoring the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps


  • Our goal is to elevate the awareness of the Holocaust and the lessons we can learn from this moment in history. We encourage our community to stand up and resist all expressions of discrimination, persecution, and hatred--helping to make our world a kinder, safer, and better place now and for generations to come.


Inspired by The Butterfly poem by Pavel Friedmann,

prisoner of Theresienstadt Concentration Camp - June 1942


Around the world, butterflies are viewed as deep, powerful symbols of life and rebirth—representing endurance, transformation, and hope.


  • Our educational programming is offered to schools, community organizations, and places of worship. It is age-appropriate, instructive, and inclusive.  Included are teacher trainings, school curricula, traveling exhibits, guest speakers and lectures, films and book readings, art and music projects, and Hands Against Hate™ Community Gatherings.


  • We are grateful to work with our many wonderful community partners including The Jewish Federation-Sarasota-Manatee, Temple Beth Israel, Temple Beth Sholom, Embracing our Differences, Sarasota and Manatee County School Systems & Libraries, Diocese of Venice, Sarasota Ministerial Association, Cross-College Alliance, Selby Botanical Gardens, New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, Osher Life Long Learning Institute at Ringling College, the Florida Holocaust Museum, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, JFCS, PJ Library, International Diplomatic Corps of Florida, and many other community organizations, schools, teachers, libraries, universities, faith-based organizations, and places of worship