5th Annual Wally and Lutz Hammerschlag Summer Educator Seminar

5th Annual Wally and Lutz Hammerschlag Summer Educator Seminar

QUESTIONS: 609-652-4699

Tuesday, July 26th – Thursday, July 28, 2022

9:00 am – 12:00 noon – There are no afternoon sessions. The cost is free and open to all educators.

Educators can register for one, two, or for all three days of the seminar.

Each session is a total of three hours (3 PDH per day).

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous – “Shining a Light on the Human Spirit in the News from Ukraine”
Updates and inspiring stories of rescue and resistance in Ukraine now and in the past. The information presented can assist educators in developing lesson plans appropriate for classroom use, grades 4-12, about the power of how one person can make a difference.

Robert “Bob” Holden, author of Visas to Shanghai: The Story of Feng-Shan Ho

Bob Holden, a retired educator, wrote the book, Visas to Shanghai: The Story of Feng-Shan Ho. The book focuses on the successful rescue efforts of Feng-Shan Ho who was the Chinese Consul-General in Vienna during the Holocaust. The book is appropriate for use in grades 4-12, and will be distributed to each educator participant, funded by Maddy & Harvey Rovinsky, “Adopt A Classroom Project.”

Betty Grebenschikoff, Holocaust survivor and author of Once My Name Was Sara

Betty Grebenschikoff was a witness in Berlin, Germany to Kristallnacht on November 9-10, 1938. Soon after, Betty and her family escaped to Shanghai, China. Each educator participant will receive the memoir, Once My Name Was Sara, funded by Maddy & Harvey Rovinsky, “Adopt A Classroom Project.”

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Liz Elsby, Art Educator, “Art as Resistance During the Holocaust”

Art is a powerful tool to use across the curriculum in order to teach about the theme of the human spirit. Artists resisted through their art, and art gave them the strength to keep fighting. Liz will share lesson plans and other resource information for students grades 4-12.

Sheryl Ochayon, Echoes & Reflections Project Director, International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, “Liberation and Return to Life”

Stories of liberation may be the most powerful stories of resilience in the Holocaust. Survivors had to make the choice to “return to life,” after all they had been through, and to face the physical and emotional obstacles they still had to overcome. Sheryl will share brand new resources and lesson plans from Echoes & Reflections.

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Lori Gerson, Educational Coordinator, Yad Vashem Overseas Education and Training Department, “They Fought Back: Armed and Spiritual Resistance during the Holocaust”

Contrary to popular belief, throughout the Holocaust Jews fought back, whether by taking up arms or by teaching, writing and holding on to their faith. Using digital resources developed by Yad Vashem for educators, Lori Gerson will discuss different methods and examples of resistance during the Holocaust and will introduce educators to the brand new resources from Echoes & Reflections.

Yoni Berrous, International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, “Teaching the Holocaust Through Film Animation”

How can animations be used to safely teach younger students about the Holocaust? How can they be used to explain difficult historical concepts? Yoni will guide us through the effective approaches as well as the limitations of using animations in the classroom. 

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