The annual fundraising event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will be honoring Commerce Township residents Lauren and Sam Bienenstock of Bienenstock Court Reporting & Video for their dedication and commitment to the center. Award-
Additionally, four Holocaust Memorial Center staff members will be recognized for their more than 25 years of dedicated service: Membership Director Helen Rosenzveig, Group Scheduler Gail Susan Cohen, Administrator Selma Lahr Silverman and Head Librarian Feiga Weiss.
Lauren and Sam Bienenstock founded Bienenstock Court Reporting & Video in 1995. The business now has eight offices throughout Michigan and provides services to clients in all 50 states. They have presented at several local and national conferences, including the American Bar Association Tech Road Show, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, Michigan Association of Justice, Oakland County Bar Association and American Inns of Court.
The Bienenstocks are members of the Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting, where Lauren has served as a board member and past president, National Network of Reporting Companies, National Court Reporters Association and Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters. Lauren and Sam also own Commerce Park Properties I and II, real estate investment companies located in Bingham Farms.
The family’s connection to the Holocaust is on Sam’s side. Soon after the outbreak of WWII, Sam’s father, Abraham, as well as Abraham’s father and brother, were sent to Siberia. Although they found their way back home, the Nazis took them again with Abraham spending time in various concentration camps. At the last camp, which was Bergen-Belsen, he found his only surviving sibling, Helena. Following his liberation, Abraham was sent to Sweden, which also is where he met his wife and Sam’s mother, Bajla Lewkowicz.
Bajla and her four sisters survived Auschwitz but kept their relationship a secret from their captors. In fact, the siblings were in line on their way to the gas chamber before being abruptly pulled out of line and sent to a Krupp munitions factory. Krupp is where they made guns, ironically, to kill Jews and others. From Krupp, they went to Ravensbruck Concentration Camp where they were eventually liberated. The five sisters were then reunited with their one surviving brother in Sweden.
Rennert is the granddaughter of the famed partisan Tuvia Bielski, who, along with brothers Zus and Asael, refused to succumb to the hopeless circumstances of the Holocaust, took their fate into their own hands and kindled a flame of hope in the hearts of Jews searching for sense and meaning during one of their darkest times in history. Their story also is told in the 2008 movie, “Defiance,”
The Rochester, NY native has been editing and producing documentary series and television specials for nearly 20 years. She is an active member of the Editor's Guild, and is currently working on “The Bachelor” for ABC and "The Real World" for MTV. Currently, Rennert is working on an unnamed documentary of the exploits of the Bielskis along with an exhibit entitled, In Our Hands: A Personal Story of the Bielski Partisans, scheduled to be displayed at the Holocaust Memorial Center from July 8, 2012, through Nov. 4, 2012.
The 27th Anniversary Dinner will include a raffle featuring opportunities to win one of two mini vacations. The “Grand” prize is a two-night stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The second prize winner earns a two-night stay at the Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham. The recipient of the third prize collects a 16-inch strand of pearls. Monies raised at the event will benefit the Holocaust Memorial Center’s programming and operations.
Dinner tickets can be purchased for $200.00 each and $2,500 for a table of ten. Tables will be reserved for purchasers of ten or more tickets. Additional designated open seating will be available for all attendees.
The event will begin with the President’s Reception at 4:30 p.m. for purchasers of Scroll of Honor tickets ($360.00 each) followed by the strolling dinner to officially kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. The program will follow at 7 p.m. A scrumptious dessert afterglow concludes the evening’s festivities.
Reservations for the dinner are required and complimentary valet parking will be provided. For tickets or more information, contact Selma Silverman at either 248-553-2400 (ext. 12), or selma.silverman@
It is the mission of the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus to remember those who perished and those who survived the Holocaust and, in a world increasingly faced with sectarian strife and intolerance, to set forth the lessons of Holocaust as a model for teaching ethical conduct and responsible decision-making. By highlighting those individuals who, in the midst of evil, stood for the best, rather than the worst of human nature, the Holocaust Memorial Center seeks to contribute to maintaining an open and free society.
The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.
For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center, visit www.holocaustcenter.org, or call 248-553-2400.