Calgary Jewish Federation's Washington ​Holocaust & Human Rights Studies Program

  • Students in Washington, D.C. outside of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    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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    Students in Washington, D.C. outside of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    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 i...

    Email HERE

    Students in Washington, D.C. outside of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    Grade 9 and 10 students (both Jewish and non-Jewish) are invited to participate in this exciting program that incl...

    Email HERE

    Students in Washington, D.C. outside of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    Grade 9 and 10 students (both Jewish and non...

    Email HERE

    Students in Washington, D.C. outside of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    Grad...

    Email HERE

    Students in Washington, D.C. outside of the Hol...

    Email HERE

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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 9 and 10 Canadian students to the consequences of racism through a specially designed education program. This program is based on the successful Asper Foundation's Holocaust & Human Rights Studies Program which started in 1997 in Winnipeg, Canada. 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 a 20-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 is a multi-media platform of engaging and thoughtful study.  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 human rights and freedom. 

 

Community Service:

 

Students are required to complete 12 - 16 hours volunteer community service 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 original program was established.

 

Graduation from the program:

 

The last component of the program is an evening graduation ceremony held to present a Memorandum for Personal Responsibility to each student. 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.”

 

Deliverables:

 

The value of this program is immeasurable and is reflected in the support it receives from the Calgary community and past participants and parents 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


All students are required to take a 20-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 Calgary Jewish Federation's Holocaust and Human Rights educators.

The Trip


After the educational component is completed, students participate in a trip to Washington, DC., where they spend several days the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and other sites relating to Human Rights. The students are also required to volunteer for 12-16 hours in their community on public projects that meet program requirements


Feedback

The value of this program is immeasurable and students who have attended say that the experience stays with them for the rest of their lives.
“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.”

Through Parents' eyes


Parents, too, notice a change in their children when they return from their trip.

"Nothing but positive things to say about the program and the experience offered to my daughter."

"She came back more aware a to what happened in history and now is trying to relate to present situations."

"Classes were amazing. He really enjoyed them and learned a lot!"