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Sacramento dedicates first Holocaust Library

On October 23, 2016 CVHEN (Central Valley Holocaust Educator’s Network)Library and Resource Center opened its doors. This is Liz Igra’s dream to provide a single place for Holocaust education.

I attended as a Second Generation member, a retired librarian, and the photographer for the event. I wanted to capture the day’s story as it unfolded. When I know that I am going to photograph an event I usually check for lighting and backgrounds. I can then decide what camera set up I need. This time my family needed me, and I didn’t have the time. I looked at some past events, and made my decision. I ended up using my Nikon dslr with a 18-200mm lens with a flash. This would allow for flexible composition.

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This event brought out many from throughout the Sacramento valley. The guest book is signed, and programs distributed.

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Friends Zelda and Diane

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In the last minute I decided to bring my Olympus OMD-5 mirrorless camera. I brought all my lenses, and ended up using my 75mm 1.8 lens. Great gear for use during the keynote speech. I had a seat up close, and I didn’t need a flash.

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Rabbi Reuven Taff of Mosaic Law

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Liz Igra, president of CVHEN

Keynote speaker Rabbi Michael Berenbaum spoke to the continuous need for educating everyone about the Holocaust and its implications for today.

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Second Gen member Muriel B.

 

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Liz Igra displays her warmth and charm with Rabbi Reuven Taff of Mosaic Law

With each photograph I tried to see a story. I rarely asked for someone to pose. This resulted in more than a few blurry pictures. Overall, I think I captured the participant’s emotion.

Such a spread for all the share. Plenty of food. Delicious kugel, bagels, and all kosher too.

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Zelda, a Second Generation member.

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I am proud to know Liz with her endless energy,

Group is invited to witness the affixing of the Mezuzah.

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Rabbi Taff provides explanation about the placement of the Mezuzah. For additonal information I have provided a link here.

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People who helped make this library possible is asked to step forward and help place the Mezuzah on the door post.

 

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Six Butterflys symbolize the Six Million.

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Susan S. and Tammy T. witness and celebrate

One thing that I need to think about when photographing an event is to carry a pad. I know that this is a group of people important for the CVHEN Library and Resource Center, but I don’t have this information.

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Henry Gorden provides an inservice on how to use the Library resources.

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This powerpoint provides a bit of humor to the task of moving 1,700 books from Liz’s personal library found in her home. It was a huge task for a part-time volunteer.

This brought me back to my days as the Rio Americano High School Librarian. I started working there in 1985. I remember typing and filing catalog cards. Keeping them up to date, changing the keywords to reflect changing social norms, teaching students how to make the most from the information. Then came computers. First to keep up with circulation records. Later to bring the collection into the digital age.

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This powerpoint shows a library card catalog moving to a computerized system.

The CVHEN Library catalog can be accessed by computer. CVHEN Library. It is user friendly, and the resources are extensive. Most books are available since circulation hasn’t been established yet.  If I am interested in obtaining the books for check-out, I can go to Sacramento Public Library right from my computer.  Having worked at the Sac Public Library I know that if the book is not in the collection it may be obtained through LINK services, or possibly as a digital e-version.

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Tammy T.another Second Gen learns how the collection is organized.

An English teacher at El Camino Fundamental High School teaches her students about the Holocaust. She explains how the resources in this library helps support this education.

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Someone in the audience asked, “Can I go back to high school?”

Six weeks ago my father Arthur (Anschel) Rubinstein died. At almost 98 years old he leaves this world with one less witness to the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust. Living in Krakow he shared experiences with Liz Igra’s uncle, a classmate in high school. Small world. Later he was interned in Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp, worked for Oskar Schindler and deported to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. There my Dad was liberated by American troops.

In his passing, I asked that donations be made in his name to the CVHEN Library Resource Center. I want to thank those who honored my request. I am touched.

Now I can go and learn more about my parent’s story. My Second Generation group plans our next meeting at the library.

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Puppy Time Is Happy Time

My friend Jan has been raising CCI puppies for 18 years. Last week I again enjoyed some puppy time with my granddaughter.

Resistance is futile! I'm adorable.

Resistance is futile! I’m adorable.

Granddaughter enjoys puppy time!

Granddaughter enjoys puppy time!

These 4 Yellow Labs, “Litter D” are 6 weeks old.  Grandmother Keala, Aunt Sheba and Mom Emerald all live here and took turns playing with Dave, Delia, Dennis, and Damian.

Grandmom Keala playing with grandpup

Grandmom Keala playing with grandpup

I grabbed a couple of shots while they each went in their own direction.

Investigating

Investigating

Along with being a  perfect Lab puppy retriever, Alyssa also enjoyed the photo shoot. There is no better way to relax than to play with puppies.

Siblings Play

Siblings Play

Puppies are drawn to sticks

Puppies are drawn to sticks

Is this all I have to play with?

Is this all I have to play with?

One of the boys from Litter D

One of the boys from Litter D

Relaxing in the Pup Cave

Relaxing in the Pup Cave

Jan cradles a 6 week old pup

Jan cradles a 6 week old pup

Settling down for a nap

Settling down for a nap

Sweet Dreaming

Sweet Dreaming

Under or Over? Doesn't matter.

Under or Over? Doesn’t matter.

No Worries!

No Worries!

Next week the D’s are going to their puppy raisers. Jan always has a group picture taken. This is a relatively small litter, but it still took many hands to capture them all looking in the same direction.

Site of puppy photo shoot

Site of puppy photo shoot

Let's look in different directions!

Let’s look in different directions!

Sibling Rivelry

Sibling Rivalry

Let's Chat.

Let’s Chat.

Getting bored.

Getting bored.

There is always one. You said,

There is always one. You said, “Tongues out.”

Enough! I'm out of here.

Enough! I’m out of here.

Where did she go?

Where did she go?

I knew she would be back.

I knew she would be back.

Looking in the same direction.

Looking in the same direction.

Now I'm hungry

Now I’m hungry

Finally we are all ready for our group shot!

Presenting Litter D: Delia, Damien, Dave and Dennis

Presenting Litter D: Delia, Damien, Dave and Dennis

Group photo with all the props.

Litter D ready for our group photo

Litter D ready for our group photo

I remember my first time taking group photo for the S litter of 8 pups. Trouble getting all pups together in one photograph.

Half of Keala's first litter

Half of Keala’s first litter “S”.

Other half of Litter S

Other half of Litter S

I always enjoy combining my favorite things. Puppies and photography!

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Exploring the Island of Maui

North of Ka’anapali the road narrows, and ends up as one lane. There are rules to take care of the situation when two vehicles meet: the car heading uphill has the right of passage, and the other car or SUV needs to back up. This gets pretty tricky on these curvy roads along the cliffs. Faith in the driver is a must, and the views are worth it.

Tiny Baby Pineapple. So Cute!

Tiny Baby Pineapple. So Cute!

Kapalua Coast

Kapalua Coast

Powerful waves along the Kapalua Coast

Powerful waves along the Kapalua Coast

Kapalua Coast provides good snorkling opportunities

Kapalua Coast provides good snorkling opportunities

I see a face. Do you?

I see a face. Do you?

Lone Pine Tree

Lone Pine Tree

Stopping along the way I could see tourists snorkeling, and traveling on mopeds. Julia’s, a vendor located along the northern coast is mentioned in my tourbook as a “must see” experience. The best banana bread in the world, coconut candy that is very addictive. I hope I didn’t lose her card because the tourbook is right. I am not fond of coconut, but this dried and sweetened candy is hard to pass up.

Tourists on mopeds. May be a better way to manuever on narrow road.

Tourists on mopeds. May be a better way to manuever on narrow road.

Worth the trip! Coconut candy. Yum!

Worth the trip! Coconut candy. Yum!

Julia has been serving travelers for many years!

Julia has served travelers for many years!

Throughout my travel on the Island I want to include people in my photos. In Lahaina there is a Banyan tree that takes up the entire plaza. Here is a great place to people watch, and I did just that.

Banyan Tree in Lahaina takes up the entire plaza.

Banyan Tree in Lahaina takes up the entire plaza.

Some left their mark on the roots of the Banyan Tree.

Some left their mark on the roots of the Banyan Tree.

Walking along the touristy street I want to see art work created here. I didn’t want any souvenirs made overseas. I saw a turtule made locally, but I passed up the opportunity, and later could not find it. So tee shirts it would be.

Trinket shops for tourists.

Trinket shops for tourists.

Local street artist at work

Local street artist at work

Lahaina

Lahaina

Iao Valley is beautiful and peaceful now, but it is the scene of a violent past.

Approaching the Iao Needle

Approaching the Iao Needle

Going up to get a closer look at the Iao Needle

Going up to get a closer look at the Iao Needle

Higher and higher

Higher and higher

Iao Needle

Iao Needle

Cooling off in Iao Valley

Cooling off in Iao Valley

Luau entertainment provides a look into Hawaiian history and some good images as well.

Royal Lahaina Luau Master of Ceremonies

Royal Lahaina Luau Master of Ceremonies

Royal Lahaina Luau capture on cell.

Royal Lahaina Luau

Luau Entertainers

Luau Entertainers

Entertainers

Entertainers

Entertainer

Entertainer

Don’t know if you can call it street photography if the locale is the beach, but I do.

Enjoying the warm water

Enjoying the warm water

Beautiful Ka'anapali Beach goes on and on

Beautiful Ka’anapali Beach goes on and on

My footprints in the sand!

My footprints in the sand!

Water Shadow. Proof I was in the water!

Water Shadow. Proof I was in the water!

Enjoying the beach. Love the color. Love the clouds.

Enjoying the beach. Love the color. Love the clouds.

A Look at the Beach

A Look at the Beach

A sunset cruise complete with whale sighting ends our vacation.

Sunset Cruise on cattamoran.

Sunset Cruise on catamaran.

 I captured a whale in this photograph. You need to look closely. It's there swimming with some buddies.

I captured a whale in this photograph. You need to look closely. It’s there swimming with some buddies.

Sunset Cruise complete with sunset!

Sunset Cruise complete with sunset!

 

Many ways to get around Maui

Many ways to get around Maui

Always remember to appreciate what you have in life!

Always remember to appreciate what you have in life!

Vacation over, homeward bound!

Vacation over, homeward bound!

Arrive home, and Sacramento happy with my dog Libby!