Through interactive and cutting-edge educational programming the JFCS Holocaust Center bring the lessons of the Holocaust alive to a new generation of students, activists, and young scholars.
As a senior at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, Jessica took part in the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program last year. Not only did she study the Holocaust and patterns of genocide, and received 40 hours of community service, but she was matched with a local Holocaust survivor to hear personal stories from someone who gave her his riveting first-person account.
Jessica and survivor, Leon, made a strong connecting during her time participating in Next Chapter and she remembers her work putting together her personal reflection project and studying about this time in history as being an important part of her high school experience saying, “I really grew as a person, and now I look at the Holocaust in a much more personal way.”
Seth, a rising senior at Stuart Hall High School, had such a powerful experience in the Next Chapter program he wanted to continue to study with the Holocaust Center. He went on and applied for a Manovill Fellowship at the JFCS Holocaust Center, a rare opportunity to study history in high school at a college level where fellows conduct in-depth research into the nature of the Holocaust and other genocides.
Seth says, “The goal of the Manovill Fellowship is to develop our social awareness so we can share our new knowledge with those around us and I’m definitely ready for that task.”