Lunch & Learn (Online)
Join us once a month for a Lunch & Learn program to hear children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, notable speakers on timely issues, and historical experts.
All programs are virtual on Zoom and are open to everyone. Watch the program live to ask questions or participate in the chat. Or watch the recorded program at your convenience on our website.
Check out the many previous Lunch & Learn programs available for you to watch.
See what's coming up:
When Young People Take the First Step: Stories of Youth Coming Together Across Conflict
With Hannah Hochkeppel
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 12pm-1pm (PT) | Online
Join Hannah Hochkeppel, youth peacebuilding educator, to hear stories of young people coming together across lines of difference in Jerusalem and in the United States. These courageous young leaders have committed themselves to learning about one another’s lives, even in the face of seemingly impossible conflict. Learn how they build trusting relationships, navigate moments of hard dialogue, and emerge ready to take action together to build more peaceful communities.
With more than 10 years of experience in a variety of education and program development spaces, Hannah is deeply invested in the work of youth empowerment, advocacy, and peace-building. Most important to her is centering youth voices and youth leadership as an integral piece of this work.
In addition to her non-profit work, she has also previously worked in the fields of mental health counseling and religious education. She holds a B.S in Psychology from Virginia Tech, a M.A in Religion and Theology from Seattle University.
Most recently, Hannah has served as the Global Programs Director for Kids4Peace International and the United States Country Director for Seeds of Peace. Her work has focused specifically on creating interfaith and intercultural peacebuilding programs for K-12 students. She has worked with youth in the United States, along with youth globally in Western Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East (with a special focus on Israel and Palestine).
Combating Antisemitism with JewBelong
With Archie Gottesman
Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | 12pm-1pm (PT) | Online
The current rise in global antisemitism is startling. How can we feel safe in a world that is increasingly hostile to Judaism? And what should we be doing about it? In this session, we will do a deep dive into a very visible response we are seeing across American cities. In an attempt to bring the danger of antisemitism to the forefront of society’s consciousness, JewBelong launched a multi-media campaign to call it out as loudly as possible. You might have seen its bright pink ads and billboards with such eye-catching language as “Does your church need armed guards? ‘Cause our synagogue does. #EndJewHate” or “Being woke and antisemitic is like being a vegan who eats veal. #EndJewHate”. How did this campaign come to be? What is its goal? And what can we be doing to help? Join JewBelong’s Co-founder Archie Gottesman to understand more deeply what JewBelong is doing to fight back against antisemitism.
Archie Gottesman is the co-founder of JewBelong.com, a groundbreaking organization and web-based platform focused on rebranding Judaism to make it more warm, relevant and welcoming for all, no matter where they are on their Jewish journey! Using slogans like: “We’re just 75 years since the gas chambers. So no, a billboard calling out Jew hate isn’t an overreaction,” on billboards in Times Square and across the country, JewBelong also focuses on ending the growing antisemitism in the US. Archie resides in New York City.
Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews and the Holocaust
With Ari Joskowicz
Tuesday, January 9, 2024 | 12pm-1pm (PT) | Online
At least 250,000 Roma were murdered by the Nazis between 1939-1945. After the war, discrimination against Roma continued all over Europe and this crime against the Roma was largely ignored. Author and historian Ari Joskowicz, in his new book, Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews and the Holocaust, describes the postwar relationship between Roma and jews and the efforts of the Roma to turn to Jewish institutions for recognition.
Join Ari Joskowicz and Ilana Cone Kennedy, Holocaust Center for Humanity, in a conversation that challenges us to rethink the way we remember the Holocaust.
Ari Joskowicz is a historian of European Jewry and the Holocaust with a special interest in the complicated relations between different minority groups. He is the chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches on the Holocaust and the history of antisemitism. His most recent book is called Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust, which appeared this spring and won the Frankel Prize for the year’s best book in Holocaust studies. He has held fellowships from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, among others.
Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed in these programs are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the Holocaust Center for Humanity and its employees.
Thank you to our Lunch & Learn Sponsors:
The Frances Roth & Stanley R. Schill Foundation