The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in West Orange selected 23 middle and high school teachers and Holocaust center staff from six states, who participated in its advanced seminar. This year it was online only, on January 15 and 16. Jill Tejeda of Livingston High School and Susan Kenney of Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township were among the five New Jersey teachers participating.
The two-day intensive graduate-level seminar addresses the history of the Holocaust. It is made possible through a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
During the program, the select group of educators, who already were well-versed in Holocaust history, examined focused topics relating to the Holocaust from world-renowned lecturers. Speakers included Professor Lawrence R. Douglas of Amherst College, Professor Avinoam J. Patt of the University of Connecticut, Professor Edward B. Westermann of Texas A&M University, and Robert Williams, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s deputy director for international affairs.
The program is open to JFR Alfred Lerner Fellows, middle- and high-school educators who already have attended the JFR Summer Institute for Teachers, which was held at Columbia University until the pandemic hit. Both programs are meant for educators who teach the Holocaust either in classrooms or through Holocaust centers, have taught for at least five years, and are at least five years from retirement.
The JFR continues its work providing monthly financial assistance to more than 150 aged and needy Righteous Gentiles, living in 14 countries. For more information, go to jfr.org.