Elaine Culbertson

Elaine Culbertson,
HAJRTP Program Director,
is a former high school English teacher and school administrator. She is the Chair of the Pennsylvania Holocaust Education Council.


Meryl Menashe

Meryl Menashe (2008)
HAJRTP Program Liaison,
is a middle school social studies teacher on Long Island.


Neil Garfinkle

Neil Garfinkle (1999)
HAJRTP Program Liaison,
teaches history at the High School for Law and Public Service in New York City.


News & Notes

New Jewish Museum Opens in Warsaw

2015 Summer Seminar Applications are available

The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking

World War II-Era Records Now Online

USHMM's Call to Action

French President Confronts Past


The 2015 Summer Seminar

Summer SunThe Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program provides an intensive two week summer learning and living experience in Washington, DC, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic for U.S. secondary school teachers who are committed to teaching about the Holocaust and Jewish resistance in their classes upon completion of the program. Our next Summer Seminar is scheduled for July, 2015. The exact dates and itinerary will be finalized soon. Summer Seminar applications are avalable HERE. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 20, 2015.

The 2014 Summer Seminar

2012 Alumni in WarsawThe members of the Class of 2014 are seen above in front of the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial. They are, in alphabetical order: Amy Allaire, Robert Biehle, Alice Carolus, Louise Taylor Culjan, Ellen Curran, Eugene Davis, Michael Ellis, Larry Grimes, Bettina Hoffman, Jeff Jarkow, Yolayne Lapis, Michael Lemon, Susan Locklear, Carol Manley, Jennifer Mastrangelo, Robert McCormac, Rebecca Novalis, Michael Park, Emily Rodriquez, Stacey Savin, Christiane Schmidt, Marilyn Shimon, Kathryn Smith, Karen Sparkowski, Sivonne Stone, Gary Taft, Paula Tate, Maria Lacy Watson, Rachel Westgate, Kyle Wylie, Reggie Wynn. 

The 2014 Summer Seminar itinerary began with a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. For the fourth time, the Summer Seminar included Germany enabling us to visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Bergen Belsen, Sachsenhausen, and Ravensbrueck concentration camps. In Poland, the teachers saw a number of the death camps—including Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, Majdanek and Belzec—as well as the site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

2016 National Alumni Conference Postponed

Mayflower Marque

2014 National Alumni Conference scheduled for the 2014 Presidents' Day weekend was postponed until 2016. We regret doing this, but the rising costs of hotels, catering, and stipends for speakers have made this decision inevitable.  

As the number of donors to the American Gathering shrinks due to age, the program is faced with a financial crisis. The choice always must be on the side of bringing new teachers into the program. The Summer Program remains, but the Reunion will have to wait.  

Our next Alumni Conference will be held on the Presidents' Day weekend—February 13–15, 2016. Alumni of the program will meet at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. for a celebration of the 32nd anniversary of our seminar. We hope to greet as many alumni as possible and to share an exciting program that will focus on the multiple forms of telling the story of the Holocaust: eye witness testimony, diaries and memoirs, art, film, and artifacts. Please mark your calendars for this important event.