Day of Learning Workshops

Workshops for Students (Grades 7-9)

“Everyone Has A Name”: The Holocaust through Art
How can art help us comprehend genocide?  In this workshop, students explore the Holocaust by creating poetry and drawings.  Through our art we will acknowledge individual experiences.  While restoring their identity we honor the individuals who survived, perished, and resisted.

The Power of Words
How can words be used as a tool of power in both oppression and resistance?  Together we’ll explore why,  how, and when books have been banned in history and today.  Who is most impacted through censorship?  We will explore the idea of words as resistance through buttons, poetry, and film.

The Real Story of the Artists of Terezin
How does one tell the world the truth when they are trapped inside a Nazi Concentration Camp?  This workshop will explore artists and poets who risked their lives to share with the world the truth about life in the camps.  They wanted you to know, and in this workshop, you will learn how they secretly shared their stories.

Workshops for Students (Grades 10-12)

My Cousin’s Violin: A Symbol of Hope
Serge Melczak always found a way to play his violin in his small Paris apartment, even under German occupation. His cousin Odette loved to hear him play and his music served as a great symbol of hope them both. In this workshop we will explore the idea of finding hope in the midst of tragedy or suffering, especially through the arts.

Beyond the Yellow Star: The Violation of Human Rights in Nazi Germany  This workshop has reached registration capacity.
What are human rights and where did they come from? We will explore how Nazi Germany violated the rights of Jews, people with disabilities, Roma, and others. We will begin to answer the question: how can we use our knowledge of history to work toward a more just future?

Underground Mission: A Resistance Campaign in Hong Kong   This workshop has reached registration capacity.
During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in 1941, Chinese resistance fighters emerged. The East River Column was one such group. In this workshop, students will explore their use of propaganda and art to sabotage the Imperial Japanese Army.

We Remember: Developing a Voice for the Victims of Genocide
Explore how theatre can transform the victims of genocide from a statistic to an individual soul with a face and a story. How can performing arts bring us closer to the personal stories of the Holocaust and teach us about empathy?

Happening Now: Genocide in Myanmar 
Who are the Rohingya and why have hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees been forced to flee Myanmar? What responsibility does the world have to end what the United Nations is calling “ethnic cleansing” and what many are labeling as “genocide”? In this workshop we will explore the plight of the Rohingya and what we can do to help end these current atrocities.

Cambodia: Genocide, Resistance, and Remembrance  This workshop has reached registration capacity.
The Cambodian Genocide (1975-1979) was an explosion of mass violence where more than 1.5 million people were killed by the Khmer Rouge, a communist political group. We will explore the resistance movements, and how this history has been recorded through writing, art and film.

“Never Say this is the End of the Road”: Resistance through Music 
Jewish people have used music to tell stories, resist oppression and provide a sense of hope since biblical times. What was the role of music for the Jewish people during the Holocaust? This workshop will explore how it was a tool for survival in the Nazi ghettos and camps.

Art as a Tool of Resistance 
Can one resist genocide with a pencil, paintbrush or violin? We will explore how artists and ordinary citizens used art as a means of resistance and survival during times of imprisonment. We will listen to and discuss music composed in the Nazi ghettos and camps, Soviet gulags and Japanese internment camps.

Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words?
What can art communicate to us about the Holocaust? We will analyze drawings by children and adults. Why did they draw? What did they depict? What did they want us to know?

Deporting Our Neighbors: A San Francisco Story of Japanese-American Internment  This workshop has reached registration capacity.
How does the ideology of a nation impact citizenship? We will trace the geographical dis-location of 110,000 – 120,000 Japanese Americans from city centers to the margins during World War II, through the architectural history of a San Francisco school building.

Rwanda: Searching for Justice After Genocide
After a society experiences a genocide, what role do war crimes trials play in helping a society heal? In this workshop, students will explore the different methods Rwandans employed to find peace and justice after the 1994 genocide.

“Why Didn’t the Jews Just Fight Back?”: Exploring A Misconception  This workshop has reached registration capacity.
Some believe that Jews who did not pick up a gun were cowardly sheep, calmly lining up to meet their execution. We will turn this misconception on its head. Through a study of the actions and inactions of Jewish individuals, we will grapple with how people make meaning of their lives in their final moments, and preserve their dignity and humanity despite unthinkable circumstances.

Workshops for Teachers

Antisemitism and Meme Warfare
This workshop will provide us with hands on resources to address modern manifestations of antisemitism online and in our classrooms. We will discuss the use of the internet as a tool for propaganda and hate extremism. ADL created materials will provide us with methods on how to teach our students to combat antisemitism.

Fighting Back: Armed Resistance During the Holocaust 
Inspire students with the true story of the Bielski brothers, who saved 1,200 lives and organized the largest Jewish partisan resistance group during the Holocaust. We will learn how to utilize the film Defiance, to examine leadership, moral dilemmas and critical decision making using JPEF’s specially designed lesson plans.

Eight Missing Pages: A Story of the Armenian Genocide
Follow the 700-year global journey of the Zeytun Gospels, a sacred manuscript that survived the Armenian Genocide and exemplifies the fight to save a culture during and after genocide. We’ll explore one family’s mission to rescue, preserve, and return an ancient bible, illuminating the history of the Armenian Genocide and ways to incorporate it into your classroom.

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