Simon Konover Recognition for Excellence in Holocaust Teaching

The Simon Konover Recognition for Excellence in Holocaust Teaching

This recognition in honor of Simon Konover, z”l, is given to dedicated educators who passionately teach the lessons of the Shoah. Simon was born in the small shtetl of Makow Mazowieki in Poland. He survived the unthinkable during the Holocaust and has since lived his life “minute to minute, not hour to hour”. Simon’s lifelong passion and generosity has been instrumental in

our community. The Konover legacy is felt throughout, from his work with Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children in Ashford, Connecticut and an affiliated camp in Israel, campus housing and the Konover Campus Center at the University of Hartford, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut, the University Libraries, the Thomas J. Dodd Center, the Kosher Dining Center and UCONN Health Center, the Hebrew High School of New England, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford and Hebrew University in Israel. Simon, a founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., served as President and Campaign Chairman for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, where he was also honored as a Life Director. JFACT Fund was honored to recognize Simon in 2008 with the Community Builder Award.

The Simon Konover recognition is given annually at our Evening of Hope. If you are an educator or know an educator that you would like to nominate for this recognition, please contact

2019 recipients:

Amy Miller and Colleen Simon

Past recipients:

Dr. Avinoam Patt and Dr. Joseph Olzacki (2018)

Beth Krasemann and Lorie Zackin (2017)

Melissa Torrente, Stu Abrams and Marji Lipshez-Shapiro (2016)