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Holocaust Survivor Presents Lecture Series At Congregation B'nai Yisrael

Al Linder, a Holocaust survivor, will lead a multi-part lecture series in Armonk.
Al Linder, a Holocaust survivor, will lead a multi-part lecture series in Armonk. Photo Credit: contributed

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Holocaust survivor Albert Linder will teach a four-part lecture series at Congregation B’nai Yisrael of Armonk, starting on Tuesday, March 8, titled "What is Judaism and What Does it Mean to be a Jew in the 21st Century?"

Linder was born in Chernowitz, Romania, in 1936. In 1941, he and his family were deported to a concentration camp in the Ukraine, where they spent three years. In 1945 they made their way to Italy with help from the Jewish Underground, aiming to go to Palestine.

Unable to get there because of the British blockade, the Linders made contact with their family in the United States and in arrived here in 1949.

During his four years in Italy, Linder went to schools in the displaced persons camps that were run by former Jewish Brigade volunteers from Palestine. The curriculum was taught in Hebrew and identical to what Jewish kids in Palestine studied. By the time Al arrived in the U.S., he had a very detailed knowledge of Palestinian history and geography, and Hebrew culture.

Linder has made it his life's goal to share his experiences and love for Judaism to as many people as possible, and while he is still healthy enough to do so.

The classes are as follows:

  • March 8, session 1 -- Linder's own story as a Holocaust survivor and the 20th century history of the Jewish people
  • March 15, session 2 -- the story of the Hebrew people in the Bible, starting with God's call to Abram
  • March 22, session 3 -- the history of the Jews of Spain in setting the context for Judaism in the Middle Ages
  • April 5, session 4 -- Jews are learners: a focus on the Talmud, what it is, and methods of study for which Judaism is famous

Everyone is invited to come to one or all of the sessions, which are independent of each other. The cost is $10 per session for CBY members and $18 for nonmembers. Sign up at

The sessions are at 7 p.m., at Congregation B’nai Yisrael, 2 Banksville Rd., in Armonk.

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