Yad Vashem Seminar: Teaching The Holocaust – For Middle and High School Educators in Jewish Day Schools

Yad Vashem Holocaust Educators' Seminar

Yad Vashem Holocaust Educators' Seminar:

Teaching The Holocaust - for middle school educators in Jewish day schools


Classrooms Without Borders is working in conjunction with Yad Vashem to bring local educators in Jewish schools to Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.

The seminar will be offered July 20th -28th, 2017

Apply early! Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.

Teaching The Holocaust -for teachers in supplemental Jewish schools

The seminar for educators in Jewish Day Schools is a twelve day, 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.

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 It's Jews 1933-38,
  • What is Unique About Nazi Antisemitism?,
  • The Final Solution,
  • The Ghettos,
  • The Camps,
  • Life After the Holocaust,
  • 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.

In order to be considered eligible for this seminar you must currently be involved in delivering educational programming in a Synagogue, Jewish Educational Program, Jewish Youth Movement, or Jewish Community Resource Center.

Learn more about Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies:



This program is highly subsidized and space is very limited. 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.

Plane fare and travelers insurance are NOT covered in the Yad Vashem subsidy. Participants pay airfare, transportation to and from the airport, travel insurance and some meals. (Additional need-based scholarships available from Classrooms Without Borders)

All other costs subsidized by Yad Vashem.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.



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