Shem Olam Faith & the Holocaust Institute for Education, Documentation & Research

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Seminar Modules

ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON JEWISH IDENTITY DURING THE HOLOCAUST
Introduction: The Significance of Memory
Unit A: The Jewish Calendar in the Ghetto The Significance of the Sabbath and Jewish Holidays During This Period
Unit B: Tour of the Exhibition "Roots and Reflection in Space". During this tour we concentrate on Jewish identity through testimonials and exhibits.
Unit C: Workshop "Letters from Afar"- We look at man struggling for his identity through letters written in the ghettos.
Unit D: "Respect for the Dead": Human Identity during the Holocaust
Unit E: Movie and Discussion: "The Strength to Tell" - The Circle of Identity, Then and Now

SEMINAR: THE TEST OF LEADERSHIP
Introduction
Unit A: Judenrat. Comparative discussion. In this unit we explore the way leadership is tested through intention or result.
Unit B: "From Torah with Derech Eretz to the Concentration Camps": The Leadership of Rabbi Carlebach during the Holocaust
Unit C: CAPO Movie and Discussion. In this unit we learn about people who played an active role in the camps and their behavior.
Unit D: Leadership in the Jewish Yishuv in Palestine during the Holocaust Period
Unit E: Visit to the exhibition "Roots, Reflection and Space"

SEMINAR: ART DURING THE HOLOCAUST AND FOLLOWING THE HOLOCAUST
Introduction
Unit A: Literary Works and Art during the Holocaust: The struggle for life as darkness descended revealed a world of writing, creativity, and religious art in the ghettos and the camps.
Unit B: Artifacts: The struggle to preserve spiritual values, religion and tradition through objects which tell their story via a fascinating presentation, creating a narrative through authentic description.
Unit C: Tour of the exhibition "Human Voice" by the painter Hofstadter. These works convey his feelings about the individual, the family and society.
Unit D: Memory and Identity: An educational tour surrounding works of art by sculptor Simon Reznik
 
Preparation for Poland

Introduction about the significance of the trip

Unit A: The Human Identity Dilemma: The Fight for Identity
Unit B: Dilemmas and the Spiritual World of the Zonderkommando in Auschwitz
Unit C: Tour About the Roots of "Roots, Reflection and Space"
Unit D: "The Quarrel"- A movie followed by a discussion, as an introduction to dilemmas of faith
Unit E: Faith During and After the Holocaust