Support the Holocaust Memorial in McHenry County


To Benefit The Lisa Derman Holocaust Memorial, “Storytelling on the Square,” and Illinois Storytelling, Inc., a non-profit Educational Corporation


SATURDAY, DEC 21   7:00 – 9:00 pm

The Lisa Derman Holocaust Memorial

The Lisa Derman Holocaust Memorial has many connections to MCJC. Conceived by Jim May of the Illinois Storytelling, Inc. and a good friend of MCJC, this is the only Holocaust memorial in McHenry County.

The beautiful bronze bas relief was created by MCJC’s own Nancy Wicker, and Al Gimpel’s dad, Max, created the Hebrew inscription. Many synagogue members contributed financially to help realize the dedication of the memorial, and Leo Schlosberg oversaw the engineering aspect. The memorial is in Spring Grove Park, site of Mrs. Derman’s final speaking engagement. She succumbed to a heart attack as she was concluding her remarks of caring and love for all.

A Holocaust survivor who spoke regularly at Ellen Levy’s middle school in Buffalo Grove, Lisa Derman testified in Springfield to help pass the Illinois mandate to teach students about the Holocaust. As President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, she helped to build the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.

This summer, a meditation bench is going to be installed at the monument.  This welcome addition to the site will enable visitors to relax and enjoy the beauty and meaning of this only Holocaust memorial in McHenry County.

Please consider attending this heartwarming evening On the Square at Stage Left, attached to the Opera House.


Jim May–emcee, and “Child’s Christmas in Wales”
Ed Collin–a Winter Solstice Story
Carol Kerman–a story from the Jewish Tradition
Rich Tobiasz–the real story of “The Night Before…”

No coverbut your donations will keep storytelling alive in Woodstock and Illinois.

Mail in donation to: Illinois Storytelling, Inc., P.O. Box 1022, Woodstock, IL 60098. You will receive a receipt for taxes.

Stage Left Café is located on the historic Woodstock Square, 125 Van Buren St., Woodstock, IL 60098.

For more info and weather updates, contact Jim May at, 815-382-5264.

Sponsored by Illinois Storytelling, Inc. and the Woodstock Opera House.

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