Jewish Federation Offers Holocaust Programs

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Federation's annual Youth Symposium on the Holocaust is designed to teach young people about the universal lessons of the Holocaust.

Annual Youth Symposium on the Holocaust

Since 1977, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council has presented the Youth Symposium on the Holocaust, a widely acclaimed education program for public, parochial and private high school students in grades 9 through 12 throughout the Delaware Valley.
 
The symposium is designed to teach young people about the universal lessons of the Holocaust, including the destructive nature of prejudice and the need for courage in the face of injustice and tyranny.
 
The program includes an introductory session with film; small group discussions with Holocaust survivors; keynote presentations; and an educational workshop for teachers. 
 
Background information on the Holocaust is distributed to the approximately 1,000 students and 70 teachers who attend each year with the hope that the lessons of the Holocaust will encourage students to have a greater understanding and acceptance of others.
 
Symposium programs are offered from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the four locations listed below:
 
• Tuesday, March 10, at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia 
• Thursday, March 12, at West Chester University—Main Hall in West Chester
• Wednesday, March 18, at Bucks County Community College in Newtown
• Tuesday, March 24, at Gratz College in Melrose Park
 
For more information, visit: jewishphilly.org or call Beth Razin at 215-832-0536 or email: brazin@jfgp.org.
 
Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition
Seventh- through 12th-grade students from public, paro­chial and private schools throughout the Greater Phila­delphia region are invited to respond to the lessons of the Holocaust and the related issues of ethnic, racial and religious intolerance through creative expression.
 
This artistic competition judges students in poetry, prose, painting, sculpture, music, dance and video. An awards ceremony is held each June in conjunction with the exhibition and all artistic submissions are exhibited professionally by Moore College of Art and Design. Entries are due March 6, 2015.
 
For more information about the competition and to download an application, visit: jewishphilly.org/Holocaust.

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