Teachers Travel To Learn More About The Holocaust

Palm Beach County teachers traveled this summer to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and to bring back lessons for students.

Three teachers — Michael Klein of Olympic Heights High School, Colleen Gleason of Santaluces High School and Cynthia Richards of Emerald Cove Middle School — received scholarships from the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews to “Facing History” in Brookline, Mass., for the annual seminar.

Darrell Schwartz, who teaches Holocaust studies and Jewish history at Royal Palm Beach High School, received a scholarship to the Jan Karski School of Government at Georgetown University for the annual Holocaust seminar in July and met with the Israeli ambassador and other dignitaries.

Toshimi Abe-Janiga of Riviera Prep Academy, who is also a United States Holocaust Memorial Fellow serving as a two-year representative, attended the Memorial Library Holocaust Seminar at Columbia University and then attended a NEH Seminar in California on World War II. She rounded out her summer studies attending a seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Maureen Holtzer of Palm Beach Central High School and Frances Kennedy of Dwyer High School became Lerner Fellows through the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. This was provided by a scholarship and pilot program by inSIGHT Through Education Inc.

Maureen Carter, K-12 program planner for Holocaust studies, and Holtzer traveled to Israel to moderate the ninth International Educator’s Conference at Yad Vashem. They then traveled to Vienna, Croatia, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to learn about the Holocaust and the recent conflicts of the 1990s.

Kennedy was also part of the group sponsored by Centropa, a NGO whose mission is to preserve Jewish memory from the Holocaust and the 20th century.

Ora Meles, program planner with Safe Schools attended a three-week seminar at Yad Vashem, a Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.