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Survivors Toast Life at Café Europa Gathering

August 9, 2012
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Alus Warszawski (left) and Abram Shnaper appear happy to see one another. Photos by Jordan Cassway

More than 275 Holocaust Survivors enjoyed a festive lunch, dancing to the music of the Bobby Block Orchestra and a chance to schmooze with one another during a May Café Europa event at the Buck Hotel in Feasterville.

This much-anticipated annual event was made possible by Jewish Family and Children's Service in partnership with the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Café Europa is reminiscent of the cabarets and coffee houses that were popular meeting places for Eastern Europeans during the years prior to the start of World War II. In this convivial atmosphere, survivors reunite with friends and forge closer connections with the Philadelphia Jewish community.

During the event, Jewish Federation President Sherrie R. Savett chatted with survivors and discovered that many of them did not receive the Jewish Exponent. Savett intervened and those survivors who have agreed to receive this paper will soon be enjoying it.

Café Europa is one of a series of social services for survivors of the darkest chapter in modern Jewish history.

The Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Philadelphia and the JFCS Holocaust Survivors Support Program will be recognized, along with Kal Rudman and the law firm of Cozen ­O'Connor, during JFCS' 29th annual benefit on Nov. 8. The chairs of this year's event at the National Museum of American Jewish History are Sheree and Wayne Bloch and Jamie and Warren Klein. Vice chairs are Alyson and Jonathan Bell and Kelly and Larry Dalsemer.

For more information, call Julie Ratner at 267-256-2255.

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