21 July 2002
Despite the precarious security situation, Jewish educators from the Diaspora will participate in a three-week Holocaust seminar at Yad Vashem, beginning Tuesday, July 23. The opening ceremony will take place on Monday, July 22 at 20:00 at the Four Points hotel on Hertzl Boulevard in Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem in cooperation with the Joint Program for Jewish Education at the Jewish Agency, the Israel Ministry of Education and Culture and the Asper International Holocaust Studies Program are sponsoring travel, accommodations and seminar expenses for close to 30 educators from the United States, Canada, England and South Africa. The decision to provide financial assistance was due to the political situation and a concern that participation would be low; despite concerns, 60 candidates applied for the available spots.
The seminar—which will be conducted in English—will include academic lectures by leading scholars and educational experts from Yad Vashem and Israeli universities. The seminar aims to provide participants with historical and pedagogical knowledge about the Holocaust and to create Jewish educators in the Diaspora who are leaders in the field of Holocaust education.
Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies is responsible for education in Israel and abroad. Activities provided by the School include study seminars, teacher training programs, curricula development, overseas programming and publications. Seminars for educators are offered in over 10 different languages.