Holocaust Commission invites all educators to attend conference – Monday, August 5–Tuesday, August 6

by | Jun 7, 2013 | What’s Happening

The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater will present the 11th Biennial Educators’ Conference, Why Care? Human Rights: Past, Present & Future, in August.

The highly praised conference provides educators with tools, strategies and techniques to use for promoting respect, empathy, and accountability in their classrooms. Studying the lessons of the Holocaust provides educators with a platform for the teaching of tolerance, justice and moral courage.

This year’s two-day conference includes an “in-school” segment on Monday, Aug. 5, at the Tidewater Community College Student Center in Norfolk, and a “field trip” on Tuesday, Aug. 6, to the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond.

Keynote speakers on Monday will be Jud Newborn, the founding historian for New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, and Linda Hurwitz, child of survivors and 17-year veteran of the Holocaust Center of the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, and 10-year veteran of the Solomon Schechter Middle School in Pittsburgh.

The day’s schedule includes the speakers, breakout sessions, and a special presentation of the Holocaust Commission’s What We Carry program. Meals, educational materials, and professional educational credits are provided as well. Complimentary parking will be available in the McArthur Center North Garage, or a Tide station is one block away.

Tuesday’s group trip to the Virginia Holocaust Museum includes the presentation of an award-winning film and a conversation with its producer about how to incorporate the movie into classroom curriculum. Bus transportation, museum admission and meals are included.

While the conference is designed for educators, school administrators, social workers, counselors, and education majors, members of the community who want to increase their own Holocaust education are also invited to register. Space is limited; early registration is recommended.

Registration before July 1 is $75; after July 1 it is $100. Call 757-321-2323, email info@holocaustcommission.org or visit www.jewishva.org/holocaust-educator-conferences for more information, to download a brochure, and to register.