Worldwide Friends of Yad Vashem
Christian Friends of Yad Vashem
Christian Leadership Seminar in Jerusalem
Dates: April 12 – April 20, 2015
April 12 is the date of arrival. Participants are free to fly home on April 20. Your hotel stay is provided by Yad
Vashem between April 12 (check-in) – April 20 (check-out), 2015.
Place: Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, German Branch
The Museum of the Bible, Washington DC
The Holocaust is a defining event in human history, which generated a credibility crisis of major proportions in our most basic assumptions about the nature of mankind, of society, of the modern state, and of our responsibility as individuals to take a stand against unjust suffering of innocent people everywhere. These universal questions, and many others, touch upon the very foundations of civilization and even now, over sixty years since the end of World War II, we have not yet come to terms with the implications of this event. The Holocaust has therefore become a compelling challenge for concerned individuals all over the world.
Yad Vashem is best placed to help these committed individuals to meet this challenge in an open, honest, and professional environment. Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies is offering senior pastors and ministry leaders a unique educational experience. During a weeklong seminar in Israel the select group of about 20 participants only will experience world-class lectures, moving Holocaust survivor testimonies and an introduction to Israel through trips to key sites and monuments. (See appendix 1). Special emphasis will be placed on Christian theology as background to modern anti-Semitism. The language of instruction will be English.
The week of the seminar includes Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Memorial Day, which enables the participants to experience this unique event at Yad Vashem.
Applicants are invited to send in their application form including required attachment. A Committee will select the participants according to established procedures.
January 15, 2015
Notification of acceptance:
January 31, 2015
Participants are expected to be Christian leaders (pastors, Ministry leaders, prayer group hosts etc.), who will be using the knowledge gained during the seminar to connect their communities and ministries with Holocaust remembrance and education. Course participants are expected to attend all the sessions and to actively participate in the exercises and discussions. Following the course, it is anticipated that participants will host a Christian Friends of Yad Vashem event at their church or community. This is not a seminar for educators. The seminar is not open to spouses nor is it offered for auditing.
Upon receiving the letter of acceptance the participants are expected to pay a non-refundable fee of $ 500 to
confirm their participation.
The selected participants will receive a scholarship covering course materials, field trips, hotel and meals. The scholarship does not cover round-trip travel from the participants' country of origin, travel to/from airports nor medical insurance.
Attached, kindly find the application form including further instructions.
Mail application to the contact address below:
Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem
International Relations Division
91034 Jerusalem Israel
Fax. +972 2 644 3429
Appendix 1 – Seminars at Yad Vashem
The seminars consist of several components:
1. Academic lectures by leading scholars and researchers, enabling educators to expand their knowledge of the history of the Holocaust. Special emphasis is given to broadening the participants' knowledge of Judaism and to the discussion about Jewish responses under Nazi rule. The program focuses on the implications of the Holocaust on the Christian world and on western society. Time will be devoted to a discussion and analysis of the shaping of Holocaust memory especially within the Christian context. Enhancing awareness to the impact of each society's identity and self-understanding on its interpretation of the past will facilitate genuine dialogue and a mutual understanding of other society's narratives.
2. Survivor testimonies: The seminars include meetings with Holocaust survivors and discussions about the use of testimonies in Holocaust teaching. These meetings lend an experiential dimension to the seminars, and contribute to enhance the educators' commitment to teaching the Holocaust.
3. Israel and Israeli society: The participants also go on some tours of Jerusalem and Israel, including visits to other Holocaust Centers and museums. Meetings with Israeli teachers and local Christian leaders are held to establish a dialogue.
The fourth international Christian Leadership Seminar
The fourth international Christian Leadership Seminar was held at the International School for Holocaust Studies between the dates April 6 - 13, 2013. The funding for the seminar was made available by the ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem) in Jerusalem as well as its German Branch under the leadership of Gottfried Buehler. This seminar presented the ongoing cooperation between the Department for International Seminars led by Ephraim Kaye of the International School for Holocaust Studies and the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem directed by Dr. Susanna Kokkonen of the International Relations Division.