Project Witness Opens New School Year With Principals’ Conference


On this coming Wednesday evening, at 6:15 p.m, at the Young Israel of Avenue J, 1721 Avenue J, Brooklyn, N.Y., Project Witness will be hosting a Principals’ Conference to showcase two recently-developed and creative Holocaust Awareness programs, one for middle school students and one for high school students.

The conference will provide an opportunity for principals to network with each other and to share suggestions for future Holocaust-related programming in their schools. It will also provide an answer to the many educators who have found it difficult to include Holocaust studies in their curricula due to time restraints. The two new programs being offered by Project Witness answer the need for mini-Holocaust programming especially designed to meet the parameters imposed by tight curricular limits.

The program will start at 6:15 with a complimentary buffet supper and a networking session. It is recommended that participants come early to have an opportunity to meet with other educators to discuss Holocaust-related educational programming options and to hear how they are being implemented in individual schools. Mrs. Ruth Lichtenstein and a team of dedicated Project Witness staff members will be available to answer any questions and share information about setting up school Holocaust programs.

Following the buffet supper and networking session, participants will watch videos that will provide them with information that can be used for school Holocaust programming and listen to three short presentations delivered by experts in the field — Dr. Paul Radensky of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Mrs. Libby Blum, a veteran Holocaust educator and Mrs Shlomis Peikis, an administrator at Bruria High School in New Jersey.

The two latest Project Witness educational programs will also be presented, including a preview of the first mini-unit lesson in the innovative high school program, delivered by Rochel Licht, a talented Holocaust researcher and expert educator.

This promises to be an evening rich in educational opportunity. It is also a milestone event in that it will provide indisputable proof that Holocaust programming for Jewish students is both critically important and also eminently feasible, even within the limits of curricular restraints.

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