Educators throughout Tidewater are grasping the idea that Holocaust education can be an essential part of any classroom, and they’re increasingly turning to the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater for its reputation as a provider of top-shelf Holocaust educational offerings.
Regular Holocaust resources include the What We Carry documentary and presentation, Through the Eyes of a Friend performances, and the Elie Wiesel Writing & Visual Arts Competitions. A less regular offering is the Holocaust Commission’s Educators’ Conference, which only occurs every two years.
Fortunately, for those who want to expand their understanding of the Holocaust and share lessons learned with students, 2013 is a scheduled year for the biennial conference.
The conference provides educators with tools, strategies and techniques for promoting respect, empathy, and accountability in their classrooms, and uses the study of the Holocaust to provide a platform for the teaching of tolerance.
Underwriting by generous donors has allowed the Holocaust Commission to offer the conference at an affordable cost to educators. Registration before July 1 is $75 for the two-day conference; after July 1 the cost is $100.
Features of the conference on Aug. 5 include keynote speakers Jud Newborn and Linda Hurwitz, lunch, breakout sessions, and a special presentation of the Holocaust Commission’s What We Carry program at the Tidewater Community College—Norfolk Student Center. On Aug. 6, conference attendees will travel to the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond where, along with a tour, they’ll attend a screening of the award-winning documentary Misa’s Fugue and speak with the film’s producer.
While the conference is designed for educators, administrators, and those who work closely with students, those who want to further their understanding of the Holocaust may also attend. Space is limited, however, so early registration is recommended.
Registration includes all materials, meals, transportation, museum admission, classroom resources, and parking (available in the MacArthur Mall lot on Monday). Continuing education hours will be awarded to attendees. Conference hours are 7:45 am–3 pm on Aug. 5 and 7:45 am–5 pm on Aug. 6.