Partnerships in Holocaust-based Education

Our Yom HaShoah remembrance event with Martin Silver of the S.S. Mala Holocaust survivor rescue ship has passed, but our efforts to use the Holocaust as a teaching tool continue.

On April 23rd, Board President Norman Berman spoke to 150 students at Killingly High School about his experiences growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors, and all we can learn from this kind of history about how to be more compassionate and work together toward preventing such atrocities.

Next week, TBI Preservation Society will present the last of a pilot series collaboration with Woodstock Academy and the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies whereby doctoral candidate students have been speaking on the subject of historical genocide to hundreds of students, teachers, and parents and then working with small groups of students on using those lessons to promote hope and progress in the future.  The first program season closes out with a look at the Rwandan Genocide, with a particular focus on the experience of children witnesses and orphans.

Over the next several months, we’ll be sharing more stories from this unique program and its future plans, including speaker community events at our Temple Beth Israel home.

A Preview of Our Yom HaShoah Speaker

“Martin Silver was a high school kid growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. when the U.S. entered World War II. In January 1946, he enrolled in the New York State Maritime Academy in the Bronx, with plans to graduate as an ensign and licensed officer in the Merchant Marine. Just two years later, his plans would take a sudden and unexpected turn, as he played a role in getting Holocaust survivors to the besieged Jewish homeland.”

Read about our upcoming April 19th Yom HaShoah event with Martin Silver at The Jewish Ledger

Great Community Seder Article in “The Courant”

Thank you to Denise Coffey for joining our annual Community Seder and for contributing this great article about it to “The Courant.”

When Jews gather to celebrate the Passover Seder on April 3, they will celebrate one of the oldest traditions in the western world. Family and friends will gather to tell stories, sing songs, eat ritual foods and read from the Haggadah, a book that has been translated more widely than any other Jewish book. It recounts the story of the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. The story is about freedom, family and faith. On March 22 it was about community as well as. The Temple Beth Israel Preservation Society threw open the doors of its temple in Danielson and welcomed in people of all faiths…

Read the full article here