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Yad Vashem and Yeshiva University partner on Holocaust education

The agreement comes “during an unprecedented rise in antisemitism and decline in Holocaust literacy,” stated Rabbi Ari Berman, Yeshiva University president.

The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, April 4, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, April 4, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Yeshiva University president Rabbi Ari Berman and Yad Vashem chairman Dani Dayan recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to lay the groundwork for the two institutions sharing resources and training initiatives.

A new advanced certificate program at Yeshiva’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which New York State recently approved, is designed to train educators in middle and high schools about teaching the Holocaust. Now due to the partnership, the program will culminate in a week-long seminar taught by Yad Vashem faculty in Jerusalem, Hanan Eisenman, a spokesman for the university, told JNS.

Beginning in the summer of 2024, a Yeshiva master’s degree program will offer an online course that will include Yad Vashem faculty and other affiliated speakers, and in the spring of 2024, the two institutions plan to launch a series of virtual tours of Yad Vashem and its archives, said Eisenman.

The partnership aims “to amplify the impact of institutional resources during an unprecedented rise in antisemitism and a decline in Holocaust literacy,” stated Berman.

Dayan said the agreement “provides the next generation of educators with the necessary tools and materials to address the topic of the Holocaust and engage young scholars in the need for further research into its multifaceted nature and relevance today.”

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