Initiative for an Endowed Annual Rosemary Horowitz Memorial Lecture in Israel, Yiddish, Jewish and Holocaust Studies Launched

Initiative for an Endowed Annual Rosemary Horowitz Memorial Lecture in Israel, Yiddish, Jewish and Holocaust Studies Launched


The passing of our dear colleague, friend, and former Center director Prof. Rosemary Horowitz z’’l has everyone associated with the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies as well as those in the Appalachian State and broader Boone communities who knew her reeling. And as noted many times, Prof. Horowitz cannot be replaced. Her contributions to the building and running the Center are tremendous and always went far beyond what anyone could reasonably expect. Her scholarly contributions and publications in the fields of Yiddish, Jewish and Holocaust Studies will resonate and inspire many others for years and decades to come. As one prominent colleague up north emphasized, Rosemary’s research truly “was ahead of her times.” Her devotion and role in teaching the Holocaust, fighting antisemitism and anti-Zionism, and supporting research and learning endeavors at institutions, museums, centers, and archives across the country and world were unmatched and, undoubtedly, grounded in her being the daughter of survivors of the Shoah and growing up among survivors in New York.

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies will honor and preserve Prof. Horowitz’s work and legacy in many ways. One critical means, in which universities can honor an esteemed colleague, who has given so much to the institution and field, is by establishing an endowed lecture. The Center, therefore, has launched an initiative to introduce the Annual Rosemary Horowitz Memorial Lecture in Israel, Yiddish, Jewish and Holocaust Studies. Once a year, this endowed lecture will enable a committee of Appalachian State faculty and community members to bring a different scholar and teacher in the fields she was so active in to the campus in Boone. They would stay for two days, give the annual public lecture, meet with students, faculty, staff, and community members and participate in an informal Lunch and Learn conversation. So many students, colleagues and community members will stand to benefit in the process! We firmly believe that this initiative would have found the ardent support of our deceased friend, colleague and mentor!

We have begun to raise funds for this endowment and are calling on Rosemary’s colleagues and friends along with supporters of the Center, of Holocaust education, of Yiddish learning, and many more to help us to get to our goal of reaching a minimum of $25,000, which would give us enough funds to make this lecture a reality. Please consider giving and contributing to this initiative in whatever amount To make a donation in support of this endowment, please send a check to the Appalachian State Foundation; Appalachian State Box 32014; Boone, NC 28608 (Please note that this is for the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies: Rosemary Horowitz Lecture) or contact CAS Director of Development Carey Fissel at 828.262.7622 or


Thank you so much for your support.

On behalf of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies,

Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, Ph.D., Director

Published: Sep 15, 2021 9:06am



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