Programs & Events
We are in this together. Find out what you can do. Offered by the Holocaust Center for Humanity in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to confront growing antisemitism and intolerance.
The course examines connections between historic and contemporary antisemitism and addresses current events. This interactive, discussion-based program engages participants and provides practical tools for responding to antisemitism and hate in our society.
"Confronting Antisemitism and Intolerance" is a single 3-hour course.
Location: Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle
Free | Registration Required (no walk-ins) | Dinner provided | Space is limited | Participants commit to attending for the duration of the class | 3 clock hours are available for teachers
Choose one date:
FULL! Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
FULL! Thursday, January 10, 2019 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
FULL! Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
FULL! Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
FULL! Monday, February 11, 2019 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Additional dates will be opened as classes fill.
Funding for Confronting Antisemitism and Intolerance: A Program for the Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 11:30-1:30pm | Free for members, $10 general public | Not a member? Join now!
Bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies provided.
Neal Bascomb, local author of Hunting Eichmann and Nazi Hunters, will talk about his book and the pursuit and capture of Adolf Eichmann by the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.
About Hunting Eichmann:
"When the Allies stormed Berlin in the last days of the Third Reich, the operational manager of the mass murder of Europe’s Jews shed his SS uniform and vanished. Bringing Adolf Eichmann to justice would require a harrowing fifteen-year chase stretching from war-ravaged Europe to the shores of Argentina. Alternating from a criminal on the run to his pursuers closing in on his trail, Hunting Eichmann follows the Nazi as he escapes two American POW camps, hides in the mountains, slips out of Europe on the ratlines, and builds an anonymous life in Buenos Aires. Meanwhile, a persistent search for Eichmann gradually evolves into an international manhunt that includes a bulldog West German prosecutor, a blind Argentinean Jew, and his beautiful daughter, and a budding, ragtag spy agency called the Mossad, whose operatives have their own scores to settle. Presented in a pulse-pounding, hour-by-hour account, the capture of Eichmann and the efforts by Israeli agents to secret him out of Argentina and fly him to Israel to stand trial bring the narrative to a stunning conclusion. Hunting Eichmann is a fully documented, finely nuanced history that offers the intrigue of a detective story and the thrill of great spy fiction."
Lunch-and-Learn programs are generously supported by:
Eli and Rebecca Almo | Bob Evans and Steve Davis | Rich and Laurie Padden | Stanley and Michele Rosen
Fourth Annual Powell Holocaust Summer Institute
August 5-9, 2019 | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle
Participants will explore topics related to Holocaust history, including antisemitism, rescue and resistance, genocide, non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, Japanese Internment, current events, and local connections. Each day will focus on selected themes and will include reference and discussion of today’s world and practical applications for the classroom. Teachers will spend time working together in small groups to develop and prepare lessons for their classrooms.
Holocaust Teaching Kits for Jewish Synagogue and Supplemental Schools @ Limmud Seattle | Sunday, January 20, 2019, 1:15pm - 2:30pm | Bellevue College | Register for Limmud
Come explore this new kit for teaching about the Holocaust in Jewish supplemental schools. Connecting history, Jewish values, local survivor testimony, and contemporary issues, this kit contains 10 interactive lessons, each designed for one class period. Lessons can be used independently or in combination. The kit includes artifacts, all supporting materials for the lessons, video testimony, easy-to-follow lesson plans, and optional activities for digging deeper. Great for both teachers who are new to teaching about the Holocaust, and those with more experience. Lessons challenge students to consider how their actions, even small ones, can make a difference in the world. Kits are free to borrow, and participants will have the option to sign up and reserve a kit for their classrooms. Created by the Holocaust Center for Humanity with support from Samis. More about this session
LIMMUD is a global movement of independent, volunteer-run Jewish learning events. There are now 89 Limmud groups in 42 countries. Join the second annual Limmud in Seattle on January 19-20 at Bellevue College. Limmud "festivals" bring together Jews from a wide range of backgrounds, affiliations and geographic locations to create a unique learning experience. While structured much like a typical conference with a schedule of sessions for participants, Limmud is also radically different in its approach to who leads sessions, what topics to include, and the approaches taken.
We are inspired by the Limmud value: "Everyone should be a learner and anyone can be a teacher."
Sunday, January 27, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm | Museum of Flight | Registration Required | Space is limited | Register: GIJews.eventbrite.com or 206-582-3000.
Presented in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day
With Special Guest - U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Rabbi Michael Harari, Joint Base Lewis McChord. Join us for a screening of the film, GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II, which tells the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. Through the eyes of the servicemen and women, the film brings to life the little-known story of Jews in World War II as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry, and intolerance.
Film Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes.
Praise for GI Jews:
Audience Award for Best Documentary 2018, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
“Moving, vivid, important...” - Newsday
“There’s hardly a better way to commemorate Yom Ha’Shoah than to contemplate the sacrifice of more than half a million American Jewish men and women who enlisted to fight Hitler, often facing significant prejudice from their brothers and sisters in arms.” - Tablet
The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.
Photo: From our collection: American soldiers wearing Tallitot for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, France 1944.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | Special Guest Speaker! Neal Bascomb, Best Selling Author of Nazi Hunters and Hunting Eichmann | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle | Register for just one session or stay all day | $10 Per Session or $25 All Day
All sessions are geared to teachers of students in grades 6 and up.
Session 1 | 9:00am - 10:30am | Introducing Your Students to the Holocaust (General)
Ilana Cone Kennedy, Director of Education, and a panel of experienced educators share their introductory lessons and ideas for how to start your unit on the Holocaust in an engaging and meaningful way. ($10)
Session 2 | 10:45am - 12:00pm | Antisemitism: Contemporary Expressions of the Oldest Hatred (History)
Presenter: Rabbi Aaron Meyer, Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Why do people hate the Jews? When and where did this phenomenon begin? What classical expressions of antisemitism persist to this day and what emergent forms are reinvigorating the oldest hatred? Together we will explore historical underpinnings, landmark events, and consensual definitions to help better understand antisemitism and its impacts. ($10)
Session 3 | 12:30pm - 1:45pm | Poetry and the Holocaust (Language Arts)
Presenter: Dr. Naomi Sokoloff, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media, University of Washington
Dan Pagis’ “Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway Car” (1970) is a widely celebrated and often taught poem about the Holocaust. In this session, UW Professor Naomi Sokoloff will revisit this poem to discuss how its meaning has changed over the years as Holocaust studies have evolved. Taking Pagis’ poetry as a point of departure, the session will suggest some frameworks for approaching other poems that deal with the Holocaust. There will be time for teachers to brainstorm about pedagogy and to share their ideas about incorporating poetry into their classrooms. ($10)
Session 4 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm | Teaching about Genocide (History/Language Arts)
Presenter: Brian Crawford, Teacher at The Downtown School: A Lakeside School and author of The Weaver's Scar: For Our Rwanda
The Ten Stages of Genocide were created to help us understand the path to genocide in an effort to prevent mass atrocities from occurring again. In this session, participants will use the Stages of Genocide as a lens for comparison between the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, and the current rise of nationalism and populism in the United States and abroad. Teachers will gain hands-on activities that they can implement immediately in the classroom. These focus not only on understanding the similarities between these phenomena but, more importantly, in creating a concrete action plan that students and teachers can implement to fight intolerance. ($10)
Session 5 | 3:30 - 4:30 | Special Guest, Local Best-Selling Author Neal Bascomb - Nazi Hunters
Neal Bascomb will discuss his research and writing of his young adult non-fiction book Nazi Hunters, a must-read for students of the Holocaust. In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials -- one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination. ($10)
Educator Open House | 4:30pm - 6:00pm | Refreshments provided
Be one of the first to see the Holocaust Center's new interactive features including embedded screens with testimony and a special exhibit on Anne Frank (with a move-able book case), Network with other teachers and learn about the Holocaust Center's new programs and resources, scholarship funding for field trips, and professional development opportunities. (Free)
Clock hours available for attending a minimum of three sessions. Optional box lunch - $10.
March 6 - Teaching Tolerance | March 7 - Facilitating Critical Conversations | Register for one or both! | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle
The Holocaust Center for Humanity is proud to offer the following workshops in partnership with Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Join us for one or both sessions!
$25 for one | $40 for both | Includes lunch and clock hours
Teaching Tolerance | March 6, 2019 | 8:30am - 3:00pm
The Teaching Tolerance Curriculum is a collection of literacy-based, anti-bias, social justice resources that are aligned to the Common Core English Language Arts and Literacy standards, and to the groundbreaking Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. Learn to use the curriculum to engage students with meaningful texts through literacy learning and real-world application.
Facilitating Critical Conversations | March 7, 2019 | 8:30am - 3:00pm
This interactive workshop will help teachers explore strategies for facilitating critical conversations with students and colleagues. They will learn strategies for creating supportive learning environments that encourage risk-taking during critical conversations. Finally, they’ll investigate methods of teaching about implicit bias, race, and other critical topics.
Thursday, March 28 | 9:00am - 3:30pm | Freeman High School, Spokane County, WA | 6 Clock Hours | Lunch provided | Flyer
Practical, hands-on, engaging activities for the classroom, free resources for grades 5-12.
Participants will be challenged to address issues of citizenship, stereotypes, confronting intolerance, and the difference each one of us can make.
We are excited to have Holocaust survivor and Spokane resident Carla Peperzak join in the session on rescue and resistance.
- Using personal stories and primary sources
- Challenging stereotypes
- Rescue and Resistance
$20 registration fee.
Sponsored by the Holocaust Center for Humanity, Freeman High School, and Washington State University.
July 20 - 27, 2019 | Krakow, Berlin, Weimar | For Educators and Students | Learn More & Apply
As a teenager, Elie Wiesel, along with his father, spent the tail end of World War II trying to survive horrifying internment at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. A memoir of this period in his life, written in 1960, became the Nobel Prize-winning novel, ‘Night.’ For almost 60 years, ‘Night’ has been one of the primary resources of Holocaust history. In July of 2019, Museum Without Walls will take students and teachers on a journey to follow in the steps of Mr. Wiesel’s gripping story. The 9-day program is geared towards educators and students. Participants will travel to Krakow, Berlin and Weimar to study Holocaust history from Mr. Wiesel’s perspective. Travelers can expect to receive a study notebook with copies of primary sources such as maps, timelines, documents and a copy of newest edition of ‘Night”. Teachers will receive multiple lessons plans from our education director.
Offered by Museum Without Walls in partnership with the Holocaust Center for Humanity.
Finding Light in the Darkness - Through stories and artifacts of Washington State Holocaust survivors, the museum’s exhibit engages visitors in this history and challenges them to consider how each person’s actions make a difference.
The exhibit engages visitors with an Anne Frank annex, Reflection Wall, embedded testimony screens, interactive Liberation and Post-War stories, and a special feature highlighting local students who are upstanders.
Open Wednesdays and Sundays | 10am - 4pm
Group Tours & Field Trips by appointment everyday except Saturday
At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity | 2045 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Make Your Voice Heard: MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop
January 20, 2019 | 2pm-6pm | Seattle University Student Center: 1100 E James Way, Seattle, WA | Free | Learn More and Register
Attention all 6th-12th grade youth! Are you concerned about a continued increase in hatred and discrimination in the US? Do you want to build your skills to use your voice and be an upstander in your community? Do you want to meet other youth from all over the Puget Sound region who are inspired to work for change in their communities and nation? Are you ready to make a commitment to change your community one action at a time? If so, join us for an MLK Youth Advocacy Workshop! Join Kids4Peace and program partners CAIR-Washington, the Seattle Globalist, and WA Immigrant Solidarity Network for a workshop focusing on building skills to change your communities.
Holocaust and Genocide Remembrance Service
January 24, 2019 | 6:30pm-8:30pm | Seattle University Student Center Rm. 160: 1100 E James Way, Seattle, WA | Free | Details
Bear witness to the courageous stories shared by Holocaust survivor Henry Haas, a member of the Holocaust Center for Humanity Speakers Bureau, and join in a conversation about genocide in our world today. Light refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Organized by Seattle U. Campus Ministry, Jewish Student Union, and Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. Support provided by the Holocaust Center and Hillel at University of Washington.
CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute
May 3-5, 2019 | Hillel UW | Students in grades 10 & 11 | Learn More & Apply
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is excited to bring the Center for Israel Education, Teen Israel Leadership Institute to Jewish Puget Sound! An immersive Israel education retreat exclusively for teens. Led by Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, Emory Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies. Enhance your Israel knowledge while building leadership skills. Qualify for a $2,500 Samis grant for use towards an approved Israel travel program. Cost: $50 includes overnight accommodations at Hillel, all programs and Kosher meals Friday through Sunday morning.
Regional Institute for the Study of the Holocaust for University Faculty: "Teaching the Holocaust in the Global Age"
May 10-12, 2019, Western Washington University, Bellingham | Learn More
Faculty from the Northwest region of the United States (Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington) or the Southwest region of Canada (British Columbia, Alberta) who currently teach about the Holocaust or who plan to create a course about the Holocaust within two years of the Institute are particularly encouraged to apply. Faculty stipends will cover lodging, food, and transportation in Bellingham. Offered by the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes against Humanity at Western Washington University in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University. Deadline for application - January 15.
Germany Close Up - American Jews Meet Modern Germany
September 1 - 10, 2019 | Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle | Info Sessions: Jan. 14 and Jan. 17 | Learn More
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is partnering with Germany Close Up to bring a cohort of young adults, ages 29 to 39, to Germany from September 1 – 10, 2019 (including two travel days)! Participants on the subsidized trip will encounter Germany’s past and present, and reflect on identity and remembrance. The journey is sure to be thought-provoking and will foster Jewish connections, in our local community and with World Jewry. Deadline for Application - March 1, 2019.