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The International School for Holocaust Studies

Teaching the Legacy: e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
(September, 2007)


Between the months of June and August the department planned and carried out 8 international seminars for over 250 educators from around the world. This has been the most intensive summer ever in the history of this department.

Seminar for Jewish educators from Hungary; June 24, 2007 - July 3, 2007 (10 days)
This was only the second time that we hosted a seminar for Jewish educators from Hungary. 26 educators from Jewish day schools and other Jewish institutes came to study at Yad Vashem in order to enrich their knowledge and gain important pedagogical experience. We hope to be able to bring such a group every summer.

The International Summer Seminar; July 1, 2007 - July 19, 2007 (20 days)
This summer 40 participants from 7 different countries (USA, Canada, Slovakia, Poland, Serbia, Lithuania, and Latvia) attended this seminar. They represented a wide spectrum of educators – schoolteachers, university professors, and Holocaust museum personnel. Most of the participants were not Jewish and for the majority this was their first visit to Israel.

The Seminar for Educators from South America; July 4, 2007 - July 17, 2007 (15 days)
For the first time we hosted a summer seminar for participants from 8 different countries from South America (Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay) with 34 participants. Two-thirds of the participants were Jewish, representing Jewish educational institutes, both formal and informal, and a third were non-Jews who represented different institutes, both academic and Holocaust memorial centers.

The Vladka Meed Summer Institute for Teachers; July 12, 2007 - July 17, 2007 (6 days)
After a lapse of 6 years (since 2001) this important seminar for American teachers returned to Yad Vashem. This summer, 47 American middle and high school teachers attended. This program includes a 5-day trip to Poland, 6 days at Yad Vashem, and another 4 days at the Ghetto Fighters Kibbutz in the north.

Seminar for Jewish Educators from France; July 18, 2007 - July 30, 2007 (13 days)
For a number of years we have encountered difficulties in recruiting Jewish teachers from France. This summer 17 Jewish educators participated in this important seminar, which provided them with the tools to help them combat antisemitism in France and to deepen their Jewish identity through the study of the Shoah.

Summer Seminar for Jewish Educators from North America; July 22, 2007 - August 9, 2007 (20 days)
This summer 26 Jewish educators from North America (we had one participant from Austria and one from Australia) representing the entire gamut of Jewish observance – from ultra-orthodox to reform – came together for 20 days to learn how to implement the study of the Shoah in order to deepen and enrich a positive Jewish identity.

Seminar for Jewish Educators from the FSU (the former Soviet Union); July 30, 2007 - August 5, 2007 (7 days)
This summer, 32 participants came from the FSU to take part in a seminar developed in conjunction with the Jewish Agency and the Ghetto Fighters House. These educators came from both formal and informal Jewish educational institutes. They spent 7 days at Yad Vashem and another 7 days at the Ghetto Fighters House.

Seminar for Jewish Educators from Italy; August 27, 2007 - September 2, 2007 (7 days)
For the first time ever we hosted a special seminar for 24 Jewish teachers from Italy for a 7-day seminar at Yad Vashem. This attempt to reach Jewish educators in Italy we hope will continue on an annual basis. The teachers come from both elementary, middle and high school frameworks.