Participants from five Reform synagogues as well as Jeneration and Liberal Judaism attended Reform Judaism’s Holocaust education seminar with Lea Roshkovsky, one of the leading educators at Yad Vashem. Lea is an active part of the Teacher Training Division, runs the College and University Department and has worked with educators in Jewish frameworks from all over the world for the past 25 years.
Looking at how to engage with people across different ages the 14 participants were given the opportunity to explore different approaches through a challenging and stimulating workshop.
Adam Overlander-Kaye from Reform Judaism who organised the event said: “As an educator this was an opportunity to be deeply challenged, to see things in a new way and be shown resources to make practical sense of the ideas”.
Participant Sophie Lipton from Jeneration added: “Thought provoking conversations successfully challenged educators to take a different approach to Holocaust education. We discussed questions of guilt and trauma and the role Jewish identity should play when educating about the Shoah. The seminar was extremely intriguing and gave educators the ability to teach, engage and enrich their audience in new ways”.
Participants came from Alyth (North Western Reform Synagogue), Edgware and District Reform Synagogue, Finchley Reform Synagogue, Hendon Reform Synagogue and Radlett Reform Synagogue.