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Karen Borger Holocaust Education Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 20, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

Karen Borger remembers when she was about 10 years old and her mother came home from a synagogue meeting where she had heard Gerda Weissmann Klein, the author of “All But My Life,” speak about her years in a German concentration camp. “I read the book, which I could not put down, and it made such an impression on me,” Karen shares.

Hearing her childhood cantor’s story of losing his entire family in the gas chambers, including witnessing a Nazi shoot his young son because he was too tired to walk between camps, left her mesmerized. “Hearing these stories firsthand really affects you,” Karen says.

Growing up in the small town of York, PA, Karen explains, “We were part of a very close-knit Jewish community. My parents brought us up with a real awareness of involvement and charitable giving.”

Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from American University and has extensive marketing experience. She moved to Rhode Island in 1980 to join then East Providence-based Fram as manager of public relations. She currently is an independent sales representative for The Jewish Voice.

“I knew I wanted to do something philanthropic, and I started thinking about what really matters to me. The Holocaust has always captured my attention as something that was so incredibly horrible, but we must continue to tell the story,” Karen says.

This fund will support the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center, deepening Rhode Islanders’ knowledge of the Holocaust by sponsoring travels such as a student trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. or to the annual “March for the Living” in Poland and Israel.

In establishing her fund at the Foundation, Karen states, “I’m grateful that the Rhode Island Foundation will shepherd my fund, giving me complete confidence and trust that my legacy will be handled in a professional and thoughtful way. I’m also grateful to have had parents who taught me the privilege of giving back. It’s thrilling to me and would make them so proud.”

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