The Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs
This course is a literary journey into the world of Jewish communities and individuals as the events of the Holocaust unfold around them: It offers a profound and extensive record of first-person accounts in diaries and memoirs uncovered throughout the years until today. A remarkable insight into the struggle for survival, the unforgettable images help us understand the real events of the Holocaust and its legacy for us in the present day.

Day: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Pacific
Runs: June 8 - August 10, 2021 via Zoom
Number of Lessons: 10 via Zoom
Faculty: Rabbi Janet Madden


Director: Rabbi Karen Strok

Rabbi Karen StrokKaren Strok has been the founding director of the award-winning Stephen Wise Temple Melton School since 2010. This role allows Karen to combine her gift for helping create and foster caring communities with her passion for adult Jewish education. Always seeking opportunities for personal learning and growth, Karen found spiritual fulfillment through Mussar study and practice. Many members of the Wise Melton School have joined Karen on this journey as she facilitates Mussar learning-communities in her home through the Wise Center for Jewish Life. For the past 20 years, Karen has shown gratitude for her education at the Hebrew Union College by staying connected to both the rabbinic and education programs – working with the alumni and professional associations, teaching, and mentoring the next generation of Jewish professionals. She is a proud banana slug, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Religious Studies from UCSC. But Karen’s greatest joy is sharing life with her partner Joshua for the past 25 years and helping prepare Micah (19) and Avi (17) to successfully launch (baruch hashem) into the next phase of their lives as young adults.

Assistant Director: Karen Goldenstein, Melton Project Manager

I was born in Mexico City where I lived until 1995. I received a BA in Business Administration from Universidad Anahuac and I received my MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA in 1997. For most of my life in Los Angeles, I have been a full time mom to my four kids. I have been an active participant and serious volunteer at our kids' schools (Milken Community Middle School and High School, WISE School and VBS elementary school). In addition, I have volunteered in a leadership position at Children’s Hospital L.A. for the Holidays from the Heart program. I graduated from the West Valley Melton School 8 years ago and I am honored to be working with Rabbi Karen Strok for our WISE Melton School.

Sponsoring Agency

Los Angeles Stephen Wise Temple logoStephen Wise Temple
15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Advisory Board


Contact Details

Karen Strok (Melton Director)
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