CANDLES executive director steps down

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Dorothy Chambers, executive director of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, announced that she will be stepping down, effective Monday.

“One of my priorities as executive director has been to professionalize the museum, and to make sure there are sound processes in place that will support its continued growth and future plans,” Chambers said. “We have made great strides, so I feel it’s an appropriate time for me to step aside and allow for new leadership to take CANDLES to the next stage.”

During her five-year tenure, Dorothy co-created the museum’s permanent exhibit, “Choices: The Holocaust Through Eva’s Story” and new exhibit, “Dimensions in Testimony/My Story Matters.”

Together with her colleagues, she oversaw a dramatic increase in museum attendance and programming. She founded CANDLES’ youth board of directors, which provides Vigo County middle school and high school students the opportunity to learn about human rights and create programs for their peers. And she helped build a lasting partnership with Indiana State University as well as other collaborations locally and around the world. Most recently, she helped establish CANDLES’ formal presence in Indianapolis in partnership with theJewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.

All of these initiatives help CANDLES work toward its mission to shine a light on the story of the Holocaust and Eva Kor to create an empowered community of critical thinkers who will illuminate the world with hope, healing, respect and responsibility.

“Dorothy has accomplished an extraordinary amount in the five years that she has devoted to CANDLES,” said CANDLES’ board chair Gianfranco Grande. “Her vision for the museum’s future, her professionalism and dedication and her passion for Holocaust education are evident in every aspect of the museum. She has been the driving force behind our initiatives for years, and she’ll be sorely missed.”

“It has been an honor working with Eva Kor and the staff and board at CANDLES. How fortunate I’ve been to be a part of an organization that works each day to make our world a better place for everyone. I’m looking forward to hearing about its continued growth and the interesting opportunities the future holds for it.”

CANDLES’ current deputy director, Leah Simpson, will serve as interim executive director while the board conducts a search to fill the position. All queries can be directed to Simpson at or at (812) 234-7881.

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