Jewish Hall of Fame

Check out this list of things to do in the Jewish Hall of FameTorah Scroll

  • The Ancient Hebrew Scroll Project
  • Welcome to Israel
  • Holocaust Exhibit, including survivors telling their stories
  • Speakers and More. . .

Schedule of Speakers inside The Casements

Speakers scheduled to appear:


Bea Schemer, Refugee – From Cronheim, Germany to Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, Bea Schemer’s story is an inspiration.  Able to flee Germany in 1937, Bea and her family were among the lucky ones, although even today the rising hatred of Nazism and the implementation of the Nuremberg Laws in the 1930’s still leaves an indelible mark.  We invite you to hear Bea’s story of what it was like to experience first hand the cultural changes that impacted every day people and forever changed the world.

Steve Barber, Pirate – Jewish pirates? It’s not a joke. Turns out, some of the most well-known and respected buccaneers in previous centuries were Jews. These captains were not the dreaded pirates of popular imagination; many worked in the employ of Britain, the Netherlands, and other maritime powers, protecting those nations’ coasts and seas.  While many of the details of these captains’ lives are mysterious, historians have pieced together some details of their lives, giving us a glimpse into the little-known world of Jewish pirates. This fun an interactive presentation will trace the history of Jewish buccaneers on the high seas.  Our speaker, “Captain” Steve Barber, may even descend from the Barbary pirates themselves!

Claire Soria – Holocaust Survivor.  In 1940, Claire Soria was only 5 years old when the Germans invaded Belgium.  Her parents, Nathan and Sara Mytnowiecki moved the family  from Poland to Belgium.  At some point, Claire’s mother found a Christian couple, Lambert and Lea Sabaux to take Claire in and hide her from the Nazis.  Soria was so afraid of being captured that she never attended school.  Claire Soria spent the whole time in hiding after seeing so many Jews taken by the Nazis and shipped off to concentration camps. Soria’s mother, father, aunt, and uncle were discovered and transported to Auschwitz where they all perished. After the war was over, Soria’s aunt was able to get her. All Claire Soria has left from her family is a wicker basket which was a gift from her father on her sixth birthday.  Inside the basket were photos of childhood photos of her family taken before the war.