Celina Karp Event

Events and Programs

As part of our mission, the Iowa Jewish Historical Society (IJHS) builds community understanding of Jewish history and culture through educational programming. Check back often to find upcoming events and programs for children, school groups and adults!

“With the museum staff’s help, our students were comfortable in asking questions and finding an empathy they might not have had before going to the museum. We are grateful for the generous welcome to the Iowa Jewish Historical Society each year and for having the opportunity to visit!”
— Colleen Tendall, Van Meter High School

Upcoming Events

We don’t have any upcoming events at this time, but please check back and join us at one of our events in the future.

Past Events

To get an idea of the types of gatherings that we offer, the following are some of our past events in the Greater Des Moines area.

Celina Karp Biniaz, A Schindler Juden, Returns to Des Moines

From September 10-13, 2017, the Iowa Jewish Historical Society had the distinct honor of presenting a series of programs featuring Celina Karp Biniaz, one of the last survivors from Schindler’s List—and the only one to graduate from an Iowa high school and college. Celina captivated students and the general public alike with her story of surviving the Holocaust and her message of hope and forgiveness. Hear Celina’s presentations.

Three Israelis of Vision

From April 3-6, 2017, the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines hosted three Israeli educators who shared their personal stories and innovative approaches to education with educators and general audiences at a luncheon sponsored by the Iowa Jewish Historical Society.

A Taste of Jewish Cooking

With the publication of our cookbook in 2015, Beyond Matzo Balls: Celebrating 100 Years of Jewish Cooking, we launched the Food in Jewish Life exhibit and held a sold-out event, A Taste of Jewish Cooking. The evening featured recipes from the book and preceded a Windsor Heights “Music in the Park” concert by the Java Jews playing Klezmer music.

Memories and Melodies of Auschwitz

On April 1, 2009, the “Memories and Melodies of Auschwitz” event at Tifereth Israel Synagogue featured Celina Karp Biniaz, one of the last living survivors from Schindler’s List, and Alex Biniaz-Harris and Ambrose Soehn, pianists and composers of Melodies of Auschwitz.