Belle Jarniewski has chaired the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada since 2008. Since 2013, she has served on Canada’s delegation to the IHRA—the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. She is also the current President of the Manitoba Multifaith Council. As a child of two Shoah survivors, Belle has felt compelled to educate students of all ages about the Shoah and other genocides. Her book, Voices of Winnipeg Holocaust Survivors (2010), documents the stories of 73 local survivors. Belle’s passion for tikkun olam has led her to pursue a graduate degree in Dialogue Theology at the University of Winnipeg. Believing that actions speak louder than mere words, she co-founded a Muslim-Jewish interfaith dialogue group in 2015. She is also one of the founders of Operation Ezra, an initiative to sponsor Yazidi refugees to Canada and to focus world awareness on this genocide occurring “in broad daylight.”
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