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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 12:00 PMOnline
Join us for a webinar on the state of Holocaust knowledge and education in North America, with experts from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany (Claims Conference), Yad Vashem, and the Azrieli Foundation.
On this past Yom HaShoah, the Claims Conference released the findings of a Holocaust Awareness and Knowledge Survey, conducted in the United States. The study revealed alarming gaps in knowledge; while most Americans have some level of awareness of the Holocaust, 41% of those surveyed, and two thirds of Millennials, did not know about Auschwitz, and one third of all those surveyed thought fewer than 2 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. While respondents overwhelmingly believe Holocaust education should be a required topic in classrooms, Holocaust education in the U.S. clearly isn't yet living up to its task. Meanwhile, the Azrieli Foundation has been conducting parallel research on the state of Shoah awareness in Canada. Yad Vashem continues to lead the world in teacher training for Holocaust education, and can address the best ways for the field to counter disturbing trends in Holocaust awareness and knowledge through effective education.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Gregory Schneider, Executive Vice President, Claims Conference
Dr. Eyal Kaminka, Director, International School for Holocaust Studies and Lily Safra Chair of Holocaust Education, Yad Vashem
Dena Libman, Chief Operating Officer, Azrieli Foundation
JFN members are invited to take part in a VIP reception with Marc Dollinger (author, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s) and Ilana Kaufman (Director, Jews of Color Field Building Initiative).
The reception will precede an American Jewish Historical Society book talk (7:00pm), which will feature a panel including Dollinger and Kaufman as well as April Baskin (Union for Reform Judaism), Cheryl Greenberg (Trinity College), and Rivka Press Schwartz (Associate Principal, SAR High School and Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America). More event details >>
This VIP reception for JFN members, American Jewish Historical Society board members, and other VIPs, begins at 5:30pm. Your RSVP to this reception will also entitle you to complimentary tickets to the book talk.
- Gregory Schneider, Executive Vice President, Claims Conference
Antisemites think Jews cause everything bad. We’re to blame for capitalism and communism, ethnocentric nationalism and rootless globalism, and more. But I’m disappointed at their lack of creativity, because there’s one thing they haven’t yet accused us of: causing climate change and environmental catastrophe.
And the fact is, they’d have a kernel of a point if they did.