Statewide recognition for the Holocaust Commission

by | Oct 5, 2016 | Other News

The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater has been named the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Council for the Social Studies Friend of Education Award.

Awarded annually to “a non-profit organization that exemplifies a commitment to teachers and an advocacy of social studies,” the award will be presented at the National Conference for the Social Studies in Washington, DC in December.

“Both teachers and students rave about the resources you provide, and your ability to reach teachers throughout the state and beyond is commendable,” the committee noted in announcing the award.

Previous winners have included Encyclopedia Virginia, the MacArthur Memorial, and the Virginia Historical Society.

Representatives of the Holocaust Commission will accept the award at the President’s Breakfast at the National Conference, where they will also present their groundbreaking What We Carry program for educators from across the nation.

“The Holocaust Commission has worked hard for a long time on behalf of teachers and students, because it’s the right thing to do,” says Elena Barr Baum, director, UJFT Holocaust Commission.

“We are always so gratified when we have educators, students and sometimes parents tell us we are providing something of value. To be recognized by the VCSS in this way is remarkable and will make our all-volunteer corps even more proud of what we do,” says Wendy Juren Auerbach, Holocaust Commission chair.