The 2014 Summer Seminar
The Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program provides an intensive three 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 1 – 19, 2014. Summer Seminar applications are avalable HERE. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 14, 2014.
2014 National Alumni Conference Postponed
2014 National Alumni Conference scheduled for the 2014 Presidents' Day weekend has been postponed until 2015. 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 14–16, 2015. Alumni of the program will meet at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. for a celebration of the 30th 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.
The 2013 Summer Seminar
The 2013 Summer Seminar itinerary began with a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. For the third 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 ז"ל (Feige Peltel Miedzyrzecki). 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.
The 9th of Kislev corresponds to the following dates on the Gregorian calendar:
1 Dec 2014
21 Nov 2015
9 Dec 2016
In the story of the Holocaust, the 9th of Kislev corresponded to 9 December 1940. On that date, a boatload 1,600 Jewish immigrants fleeing Hitler's ovens was denied entry into the port of Haifa. The British deported them to the island of Mauritius. The British had restricted Jewish immigration into Palestine.