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Scholarships will support Holocaust studies

BOONE—The Miriam and Abe Brenner Holocaust Education Scholarship Fund of the Greensboro Jewish Federation will award study-abroad scholarships to college students participating in Appalachian State University’s summer study-abroad program that focuses on the Holocaust.

The Greensboro Jewish Federation will offer up to five scholarships of up to $2,000 to assist with travel expenses.

The scholarship was established by the Brenners family to foster greater understanding by non-Jewish students of Jewish issues, particularly the Holocaust by providing scholarships for educational programs.

Marilyn Chandler, executive director of the Greensboro Jewish Federation, said, “We are very excited about making this opportunity available to college students who are interested in furthering their understanding of the Holocaust.”

The study-abroad program sponsored by Appalachian’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies is led by Dr. Rennie Brantz from the Department of History and co-director of the center. The program takes students to Austria, France and Germany where they tour sites related to the Holocaust.

Chandler believes the program and the scholarship will help students “have an exceptional overseas experience pertaining to the Holocaust.”

Appalachian has offered a Holocaust study-abroad experience for more than a dozen years. This year’s program runs from May 11 to June 6, during which students earn six hours of academic credit. The application for the scholarship is available online at

The late Abraham “Abe” Brenner was a life-long resident of Winston-Salem. He and his brothers established an iron and metal company that evolved into a conglomerate known as the Brenner Companies. The brothers also established The Brenner Foundation which supports Brenner Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Miriam Prystowsky Brenner, who resides in Winston-Salem, is active with Temple Emanuel as well as the Jewish Federations of North America campaign for Israel.

The Greensboro Jewish Federation is dedicated to strengthening, supporting and enriching Greensboro Jewish communal life and the lives of Jews in need throughout the world. The federation, established in 1940, is one of the leading federations in North America. It provides leadership, financial and programming resources for the local Jewish community. The federation also funds Greensboro community organizations and coordinates interfaith programming. For more information about the federation, visit

Appalachian’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop educational opportunities for students, teachers and the community. The center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding, and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and using these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of future genocides. It annually sponsors the Martin & Doris Rosen Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust: A Summer Symposium for Educators and the Community.