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Teaching about Historical & Contemporary Antisemitism

Summer Institute will be held virtually from July 12-13, 2022.

Through this introductory institute, teachers will begin an investigation into historical and contemporary antisemitism. Over the course of this two-day seminar, participants will become familiar with content area, literacy-based teaching methods, and resources to teach about the history of antisemitism and address current issues of antisemitism with their students. The course will include primary source readings, use of historical documents, multimedia presentations, guest speakers, and will draw interdisciplinary connections that align with state and national standards.

Session topics include: The Ancient Roots of Modern Antisemitism; The Rise of Racial Antisemitism and its Influence on Nazi Ideology; Antisemitism in the United States; Muslims, the Holocaust, and Antisemitism; Contemporary Holocaust Distortion; Antisemitism and the State of Israel; and Recognizing and Responding to Expressions of Antisemitism


Ambassador Michaela Küchler

German Federal Foreign Office

Sheryl Ochayon

Echoes and Reflections Project Director, International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem.

Daniel Greene

President of the Newberry Library, Curator of Americans and the Holocaust exhibition at USHMM

Mehnaz Afridi

Director of Holocaust, Genocide & Interfaith Education Center & Professor Religious Studies at Manhattan College; Author of “Shoah Through Muslim Eyes”

Emily Briskman

Associate Vice President, JUF Campus Affairs & Executive Director of the Hillels of Illinois

Mark Weitzman

Chief Operating Officer for the World Jewish Restitution Organization

Ellie Merar

Holocaust Survivor

What to Expect

  • Classroom Resources and Materials
  • 12 Clock Hours (CPDUs)

Financial Assistance

Full or partial financial assistance for tuition will be available for teachers with demonstrated need. Click here for application.

Questions? Contact us.

Email: | Phone: 847.967.4853

Program Sponsor

Education Services are supported with generous grants from: Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Bank of America; The Bill Bass Foundation; Dr. Scholl Foundation; Leah Gutman Education Fund; Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation; Niles Township Government; PNC; Regions Bank; Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation; State Farm; Steans Family Foundation; Women’s Leadership Committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Vivo Foundation, Full Circle Foundation

Additional endowment support is provided by: The Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund; The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation Program Endowment Fund; Moselle Mintz Schwartz Education Fund; Barney & Anita Sidler Educational Endowment; Teachers Educational Endowment Fund.

Photo credits: Kathleen Hinkel

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