The 2015 Summer Seminar
The 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
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.
Vladka Meed's Yahrtzeit
The 9th of the Jewish Month of Kislev is the anniversary of the death (Yahrtzeit) of our beloved teacher, Vladka Meed (Feige Peltel Miedzyrzecki) ז"ל. The observance of the Yahrtzeit begins at sundown of the previous day. Vladka was a heroic member of the Warsaw Ghetto resistance and a dedicated eye-witness and teacher to thousands about the lives of those who perished in the Shoah.
This year, the 9th of Kislev corresponds to December 1, 2014.
2014 National Alumni Conference Postponed
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.