Yad Vashem Summer Seminar for Educators in Jewish Day Schools

Jul. 12, 2017

Source: Yad Vashem


The Yad Vashem seminar for educators in Jewish Day Schools is a twelve day, July 12-24, 2017, intensive program focusing on helping teachers develop the skills needed to create curriculum and content for Shoah studies and to deliver that content in the most compelling way possible. The seminar is historically based, with interdisciplinary approaches to enable the educators to understand the Shoah in its complexity. Using the unique Yad Vashem pedagogical approach, modeled lessons, and collegial interaction, participants will be empowered to create individual Shoah Study programs tailored to their respective schools.

This program is highly subsidized and space is very limited. In order to be considered eligible for this seminar you must currently be a teacher in a Jewish Day School teaching in grades 7 and above. Yad Vashem will cover all tuition costs associated with the seminar; including Hotel accommodations, (double occupancy / Half board), for the duration of the program, food, transportation from the hotel to the seminar and back, and all extracurricular activities.

Among the topics studied, under the guidance of world famous professors and teachers, are; The History of Antisemitism, The Jewish Life Between the two World Wars, The Roles of Political and Youth Movements in the Jewish Community Before and During the War, Germany and Its Jews 1933-38, What is Unique About Nazi Antisemitism? The Final Solution, The Ghettos, The Camps, Life After the Holocaust, and Theological Approaches to Understanding the Shoah.

We will discuss topics that educators need to consider when developing a Shoah curriculum including; Embedded versus Designated Shoah Studies, Age Appropriate Shoah Studies, and Goals Oriented Shoah Studies.

Topics in Pedagogy include; Safely In Safely Out, The Goal of an Educator, Is There a Place for Simulation in Shoah Studies? The Use of Dilemmas in Shoah Studies, Creating Empathy as Goal Shoah Studies.

The educators will encounter modeled classes such as Circles, The Legend of the Children of the Lodz Ghetto, A Street in Warsaw, Tommy, Resistance, Mishnah and Shoah, Women in the Shoah, The Daughter We Always Wanted, The Auschwitz Album, A Day in the Life of the Ghetto. These and other education Units for the classroom will be available for purchase.

Get more information and register here.

Updated: Feb. 01, 2017