Friday, May 23, 2008


FAU, working with the Boca Raton-based League for the Educational Awareness of the Holocaust (LEAH) is working to try to save the Center. The budget is about $200,000 a year, with half coming from the state through the university. LEAH picks up the other $100,000. State funding is from general revenue which has now been cut, so other funding sources are being pursued to prevent the Center closing. The Center provides curriculum for seven county school districts in the state, including Palm Beach and Broward. along with a lending library and professional development. According to US Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, the center “has been an invaluable resource for Holocaust survivors… it is essential that FAU keep this prestigious center open at a time when the scourge of genocide as well as anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial continues globally.” Wexler said the area’s congressional delegation is “ready to work…to ensure that this center remains open.” Other representatives signing the letter to FAU President Frank Brogan included Representatives Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, Alice Hastings, D-Miramar, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Miami and Kendrick Meek D-Miami. Brogan is expected to address a number of budget cuts at the next full meeting of the FAU Board of Trustees.

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