30 June 2016
The 10th Annual International Holocaust Education Conference under the auspices of the Ultra-Orthodox Section of the International School for Holocaust Studies will be held at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on 6-7 July 2016 (30 Sivan 5776). Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Rabbi Israel Meir Lau will deliver the keynote address at the conference. In addition, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Rabbi Yitzchak Pindrus, Director of the Jerusalem Municipality's Torah Culture Division Rabbi Gavriel Stauber and Rabbi Tzvika Cohen from the Office of Relgious Education in the Jerusalem Municipality and, will attend the conference. Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev and Director General Dorit Novak will both officially open the Educators' Conference in the presence of Chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee and United Torah Judaism Party leader Rabbi Moshe Gafni.
Entitled "Continuity During Crisis," the conference – now in its tenth year – will consist of a variety of lectures, pedagogical workshops, meetings with survivors and musical performances from artists participating in the program "Melodies Rising from the Ashes."
The annual conference is the outcome of close cooperative activities between the Ultra-Orthodox Section at the International School for Holocaust Studies and educational institutions of the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel and abroad. "The conference will examine various aspects of the ways in which Jews maintained their commitment to the core values of Torah observance during the events of the Holocaust," explains Nava Weiss, Head of the Ultra-Orthodox Section. "We view it as an impressive accomplishment as well as a springboard for future endeavors. The response from educators in the Ultra-Orthodox sector has already far exceeded our expectations."
The Ultra-Orthodox Section of the International School for Holocaust Studies offers educators from this segment of society the pedagogical tools and innovations in the field of Holocaust education and research that Yad Vashem has developed over the years. Special attention and emphasis is given to the unique dilemmas and questions that the Torah observant community dealt with during the Holocaust.
The conference session will be conducted all in Hebrew.