Students Learn Life Lessons at Holocaust Symposium


The local Federation presents its annual Youth Symposium on the Holocaust at four locations throughout the region in March.

The Jewish Federation of Great­er Philadelphia, in conjunction with a number of community partners, proudly presents its annual Youth Symposium on the Holocaust at four locations throughout the region during the month of March.

The symposium provides high school students with a unique opportunity to learn about the destructive nature of prejudice and discrimination, the need for courage in the face of tyranny and injustice, and other important universal lessons of the Holocaust.

Designed for those who have already studied the Holocaust as well as those with little knowledge of the subject, the program includes an introductory film, small group dialogue with Holocaust survivors, teacher training workshop, lunch and dynamic keynote presentations.

The symposium is open to students in grades 9-12, from public, private and parochial schools throughout the Dela­ware Valley. Programs are offered from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the following sites and dates:

March 4 — La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

March 11 — St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA

March 13 — Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA

March 18 — West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Keynote speakers include Leon Bass, a veteran of World War II who witnessed the liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Bass, the former chair of the Interfaith Council on the Holocaust and a former principal of Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia, shared his experiences in a recently published book, Good Enough: One Man’s Memoir on the Price of the Dream.

Also scheduled to present is Fernande Davis, who became involved with the Belgian underground resistance at the age of 16 years old. She has written about her experiences in the book, Girl in the Belgian Resistance: A Wakeful Eye in the Underground.

A special session for teachers includes training with the “Echoes and Reflections” curriculum. All new teachers receive a free copy of the curriculum, which was developed by the Anti-Defa­mation League, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and Yad Vashem. It includes information for educators to teach the complex issues of the Holocaust to today’s students.

The last day for registration is Feb. 4. 

For more information or to register, call Beth Razin at 215-832-0536 or email: [email protected]


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