Educators in Jewish Supplemental Programs, June 18th – 26th

The seminar for Educators in Jewish Supplemental Programs is an eight day, creative program for educators who teach in Jewish study programs that are NOT their students main schooling experience, (for example, the students attend Public School and the Jewish Supplemental program in the afternoons or weekends). The seminar focuses on helping educators develop the skills needed to create programs and content for Shoah studies that can be used in a variety of settings and time constraints and to deliver those programs 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.  By using the unique Yad Vashem pedagogical approach to history, modeled lessons, and workshops plus the ongoing collegial interaction during the seminar, participants will be engaged and empowered to create individual Shoah Study programs tailored to their specific supplemental program.

Included in the topics studied, under the guidance of world famous professors, teachers, and educators are; The History of Antisemitism, The Jewish Community Between the Wars, The Roles of Political and Youth Movements in the Jewish Community of Poland Before and During the War, What is Unique About Nazi Antisemitism?, The Jewish Response to the Rise of Nazism in Germany 1933 -38,  The Ghettos, Family Rupture in Ghettos, The Unique Role of Women During the Holocaust, Using the Shoah to Understand the Jewish Life Cycle, Prayer During the Shoah,  The Camps, Life After the Holocaust, Educating Without Survivors, and Theological Approaches to Understanding the Shoah.

We will discuss important pedagogical 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 in Shoah Studies. 

The educators will encounter age appropriate 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.

This program is highly subsidized and space is very limited.  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 Center, or Camp.  There is a $100 registration fee for the seminar.  Aside from the Registration fee, 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.

For more information please contact Rabbi Moshe Cohn at