Contrast and Comparison: The Holocaust and The Simchat Torah War

International March of the Living hosted “Contrast and Comparison: The Holocaust and The Simchat Torah War“, a conversation with Dr. Michael Berenbaum on Thursday, October 26, 2023, moderated by Richard D. Heideman.


Michael Berenbaum is a Rabbi, writer, lecturer and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and development of historical films. He is the Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust and a Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University and the author and editor of 20 books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces. Michael was also the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. He was Project Director overseeing the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the first Director of its Research Institute and later served as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which took the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivors in 32 languages and 57 countries. His work in film has won Emmy Awards and Academy Awards. Michael has guided many MOTL Adult and Young Adult Delegations over the years.


Richard D. Heideman, Esq. is Senior Counsel for the Washington, DC-based law firm Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC, where he serves as Counsel to Victims of Terrorism, Antisemitism and Human Rights Violations. He also serves as Honorary President for Bnai Brith International, is the immediate past president of the American Zionist Movement, and was the founding chair of the Washington Lawyers Committee at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also the founder and co-chair of the Israel Forever Foundation, and the author of the recently published book, The Bloody Price of Freedom.