Teacher Symposium on the Holocaust

13 Jun @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A symposium to help support Indiana teachers at all levels in educating students on the Holocaust and Holocaust-related events will be held on Tuesday evening and Wednesday, June 13-14 at the Temple. 

The effort is a collaboration between the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the PFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Congregation Achduth Vesholom is the lead sponsor and generous supporter of this initiative. Find the application 

Now more than ever, this education needs to take place in Indiana classrooms. 

Workshop hosts are Steven Alan Carr, director of IHGS at Purdue Fort Wayne, and Stella Schafter, USHMM Teacher Fellow 2016-2017 and Tippecanoe School Corporation ELA Teacher. 

The program will review best practices for teaching about the Holocaust. It also will include sessions on Judaism, eugenics, Indiana’s state mandate for teaching the Holocaust, and how to use primary source materials like films and historical newspapers to prompt students to grapple with complex questions. Teachers will take classroom-ready materials and proven resources back home with them, increasing their confidence in teaching the Holocaust to their students. Upon request, attendees can receive up to six Professional Growth Points (PGP). 

Limited housing – with some meals provided – may be available at no cost to participants who need to arrive early. In addition, small stipends may be available to cover travel and other expenses. 

For some attendees, the symposium may be their first visit to a Jewish house of worship and an introduction to Judaism. Rabbi Meir Bargeron will speak to the group on Tuesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. about “What is Judaism?” and “What does it mean to be Jewish?,” followed by a question-and-answer session. Temple members who are interested may attend Rabbi Meir’s talk, but kindly make a reservation to office@templecav.org.