Reflections on Resistance: Holocaust Education Program

Sunday, April 21, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Free event open to all Emanu-El families/teens/individuals.
Not recommended for children under the age of 12, although left to parental discretion.

Please join us for this family education program that seeks to educate families about the various forms of resistance during the Holocaust while encouraging intergenerational dialogue about this epoch in Jewish and world history. This program is geared towards families with students in the 8th grade and above, and to individual adults in the Emanu-El community.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Ariana Estoque, Director of Adolescent Education at (415) 751-2541 x307 or at Pre-registration is greatly appreciated:

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Workshop Presenters' Professional Biographies

JFCS Holocaust CenterMorgan Blum is the Director of Education with the JFCS Holocaust Center. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Morgan graduated cum laude from Clark University with a B.A. in history specializing in Holocaust and genocide studies. At Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, Morgan focused her Master's thesis on the forced removal of Aboriginal children as a case of genocide. A section of this thesis was published in Genocide Perspectives III edited by Colin Tatz.

In her current position at the JFCS Holocaust Center, Morgan teaches seminars, mentors high school students through an advanced fellowship study of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide, develops curriculum and leads professional development workshops educators. Each year Morgan together with a Holocaust survivor leads an educational journey to Germany, Poland and Israel for high school and college students.  March 2013 marked the eleventh annual Day of Learning, and together with her colleagues, Morgan organized and facilitated the Day of Learning conference on the Holocaust and genocide for over 500 local students and teachers.

She is an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition and sits on the advisory boards of the Genocide Education Project and the Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools. Recent papers presented at international conferences include The Future of Holocaust Education in the Post Survivor Era and Genocide Prevention through Holocaust Education.

Jewish Partisan Educational FoundationMitch Braff is the Executive Director of the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation, located in San Francisco, which he founded in 2000.

Despite a lifetime of study, Braff first learned about the Jewish partisans in the Spring of 2000.  He discovered that an old family friend was actually a former Jewish partisan, someone who took up arms against the Germans and their collaborators during World War II. Braff found that current Holocaust history made little mention of the Jewish partisans and educational material on the subject was practically non-existent.  The stories of teens standing up to Nazi tyranny and oppression inspired Braff who took it upon himself to make sure that students today will have the opportunity to learn about the partisans that he did not have.

He has personally conducted over 40 formal interviews with living partisans all over the world. From the interviews he has worked with a talented team of educators, designers, and filmmakers to create JPEF study guides, short films (narrated by Larry King, Ed Asner, Liev  Schreiber, and Tovah Feldshuh), and educational website, Through eleven years of intense study he has become one of the country’s leading experts on the subject and was a consultant on the film Defiance staring Daniel Craig.

JPEF now reaches over 7,000 educators around the world with a dedicated staff, from its headquarters in San Francisco. The organization offers programs to schools, synagogues, youth groups, and summer camps. JPEF collaborates with the leading Holocaust organizations as the leader in educational material on Jewish resistance and the partisans. JPEF is launching a new E-Learning platform in early 2013, where educators around the world will be able to take classes on the Jewish partisan for continuing education credit.

Prior to JPEF, Braff produced films for PBS and educational audiences around the world, gathering over 25 awards for his work. He also was a principal in a San Francisco-based media production company which developed strategic messaging for many of the world’s most successful companies.

Anti-Defamation LeagueNina Simone Grotch directs the educational programs of the Anti-Defamation League's Central Pacific Region.  She has over 20 years of experience facilitating interactive workshops for children, youth, and parents and teachers.  As the Associate Director, Ms. Grotch is responsible for Holocaust education and facilitating anti-bias workshops for schools and community groups about issues of prejudice and discrimination.  Prior to joining ADL, Ms. Grotch worked on employing homeless adults and youth and also taught at the elementary level. She has presented at numerous conferences for educators, youth, police officers, and parents on combating hate and creating safe school environments.  Ms. Grotch has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English Literature.

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Reflections on Resistance is made possible by the generous support of the Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund
in collaboration with TCI, a program of Jewish LearningWorks.

Tauber Philanthropic Fund


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