CJF's ​Holocaust & Human Rights Studies Program to Washington, D.C.  

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    Grade 9 and 10 students (both Jewish and non-Jewish) are invited to participate in this exciting program that includes community service, education, and a trip to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Please contact Ilana at 403-444-3162 to learn more about this excellent program or email Ilana to receive a copy of the application form.

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    Grade 9 and 10 students (both Jewish and non-Jewish) are invited to participate in this exciting program that includes community service, education, and a trip to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Please contact Ilana at 403-444-3162 to learn ...

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    Grade 9 and 10 students (both Jewish and non-Jewish) are invited to participate in this exciting program that includes community service, education, and a trip to visit the United ...

    More Information:

    Grade 9 and 10 students (both Jewish and non-Jewish) are invited to participate in this exciting program that ...

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    Grade 9 and 10 students (both Jewish and non-Jewish) are invited to pa...

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    Grade 9 and 10 students (both Jewish and...

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Thy shall not be a Victim

Thy shall not be a perpetrator

But above all

Thy shall not be a bystander  

 

Yehuda Bauer

Calgary Jewish Federation is proud to pilot the Washington Holocaust and Human Rights Studies Program. The program objectives are to promote respect for others and sensitize grade nine and 10 Canadian students to the consequences of racism through a specially designed education program. This program is based on the successful Asper Foundation program which started in 1997 in Winnipeg, Canada is inclusive of students from all backgrounds. It was the recipient of the 2004 Human Rights Award from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission “in recognition of (its) creative means of advancing and protecting human rights and working to address racism in our communities”and other esteemed awards. 


Education:

 

All students are required to take an 18-hour education program, or its equivalent, on human rights and the Holocaust with an added emphasis on the current events. The curriculum for the educational component of the program was developed specifically by Holocaust and human rights educators for The Asper Foundation. After the educational component is completed, students participate in a trip to Washington, DC, where they spent several days at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and other important monuments relating to freedom. 

 

Community Service:

 

The students are also required to volunteer for 12 - 16 hours in their communities on public projects that meet program requirements. This has resulted in over 145,000 hours of community service being carried out across Canada since the program was established by the Asper Foundation.

 

Signing the Memorandum:

 

The last component of the program is an evening graduation ceremony held to present a Memorandum for Personal Responsibility to each student. It is based on a document which was commissioned by The Asper Foundation specifically for this program and written by Dr. Israel Asper. The Memorandum aims to provide each student with a sense of the importance that they participated in the program and to remind them that they have a personal responsibility for the world community. The ceremony is a wonderful way to provide the students with closure to the formal part of the program as well as the sense that they are now beginning a new life of greater understanding and inclusion.

 

The Effects of the Program: 

 

Past student program participants have remarked “I will remember the trip for my whole life. It gave me a different view of the world”, “As I speak to people now, I realize the true meaning and importance of bearing witness”, “You have no idea how much this experience meant to us all” and “By being educated about these tragic events in history, people will be more motivated to stop what is happening now.”

 

Value:

 

The value of this program is reflected in the support it receives across the country by private and public foundations, organizations and individuals who understand its importance. Another measure of the program’s value is the fact that in Washington, DC, for several years, Congressman Tom Lantos (1928-2008), the only Holocaust survivor elected to the U.S. Congress, met with and spoke to program participants about the importance of understanding and protecting human rights. Congressman Lantos described the program as “outstanding.”

For more information please email Ilana Krygier-Lapides or call her at 403-444-3162.

Federation's Washington Human Rights & Holocaust Studies program

The Education

In 2000, for the first time, this program became a national initiative. All students are required to take an 18-hour education program, or its equivalent, on human rights and the Holocaust with an added emphasis on American history, the civil rights movement and the current situation in the world today. The curriculum for the educational component of the program was developed specifically by Holocaust and human rights educators for The Asper Foundation.

The Trip

After the educational component is completed, students participate in a trip to Winnipeg, M.B., where they spend several days at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and attend other important events and programs relating to Human Rights. The students are also required to volunteer for 16 hours in their community on public projects that meet program requirements which has resulted in over 135,000 hours of community service being carried out across Canada since the program was established.


Feedback

Past student participants have remarked:

“I will remember the trip for my whole life. It gave me a different view of the world”

“As I speak to people now, I realize the true meaning and importance of bearing witness”

“You have no idea how much this experience meant to us all”

“By being educated about these tragic events in history, people will be more motivated to stop what is happening now.”

The Value of the Program

The value of this program is reflected in the support it receives across the country by private and public foundations, organizations and individuals who understand its importance. Another measure of the program’s value is the fact that in Washington, D.C., for several years, Congressman Tom Lantos (1928-2008), the only Holocaust survivor elected to the U.S. Congress, described the program as “outstanding.”