featured events


Keynote Address

Father Patrick Desbois, founder of Yahad-in Unum, will discuss his experiences, research and current work on Holocaust by Bullets as well as recent genocides. All are welcome to hear Father Desbois speak about his work and the implications for today's world. His keynote address is the capstone event for Scottsdale Community College's Genocide Awareness Week.

April 20, 2020

5pm reception ; 6pm program

Franciscan Renewal Center,  5802 E. Lincoln Road, Scottsdale

No cost to attend. Seating is limited.


Exhibition Opening and Lecture Featuring Dr. Wendy Lower

Atrocity Photography in the Holocaust by Bullets: The Ravine and Resistance

Professor Lower is an American historian, a member of the Yahad-in Unum scientific community and a widely published author on the Holocaust and World War II. Since 2012, she holds the John K. Roth Chair at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, and in 2014 was named the director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont. As of 2016, she serves as the interim director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

January 26, 2020, Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-262-4636.

Check out her book from Burton Barr Library:


Hitler's Furies - eBook on Hoopla

Hitler's Furies - eAudiobook on Hoopla

Hitler's Furies - eBook on Greater Phoenix Digital Library

Hitler's Furies - eAudiobook on Greater Phoenix Digital Library

Hitler's Furies - physical MP3 

Hitler's Furies - physical book


SCC's 8th Annual Genocide Awareness Week

SCC's Genocide Awareness Week has grown to become one of the largest conferences of genocide studies in the nation. This event brings together a vast array of speakers, survivors, activists, artists, humanitarians and members of law enforcement to discuss how we confront collective violent actions as a global society and address ongoing threats and past periods of genocide.

April 20-24, 9AM-8PM, SCC, 9000 East Chaparral Road, Scottsdale.

Free Event; Check schedule for details.

Adult Programs



Free lectures by guest speakers as well as professors from ASU and NAU, will take place at Burton Barr Library and other locations throughout the Valley.  Click the button below to see topics and dates in the Calendar of Events.


The Road to Babi Yar

“The Road to Babi Yar” is devoted to the first months of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine in 1941, and the events of the Holocaust that took place during that time. It is the eighth and final part of the documentary series “Searching for the Unknown Holocaust”, which was filmed in Belarus, Latvia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

February 4, 7PM, Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 Culver Street, Phoenix, 602-241-7870

Free Admission; Registration Required


The Ghosts of Babi Yar

Writer and Artist, Barbara Mark-Dreyfuss created this sculpture and poem in tribute to those who were lost during this horrific time.

The Ghosts of Babi Yar

"From the ground beneath my feet,

 I hear their voices cry out, 

“Why?  What was our crime?” 

Their ashes, their crumbled bones 

feed the earth below, providing green 

to cover their murdered bodies, 

their murdered families. 

Their plight the model 

for the monument

 honoring their death,

 memorializing their execution."


BJE Passages: "A Beautiful Place"

Craig Bohmler's original play, "A Beautiful Place,"   is based on the life of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, the teacher who taught art to the children of Theresienstadt. Attendees at this special Passages event will have the chance to be one of the first audiences to experience this amazing show.

February 23, 2:30pm, Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale

Registration Required.


Book Talks

Book Talks will be scheduled around the Valley. Schedule and locations TBD.