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.