Course Catalogue 2019-2020
H101: Origins of the Holocaust (Grade 8-Adult)
Though the actual plans for the “Final Solution” were not concretized until 1942 the stage was set well before the infamous meeting in Wannsee. In this session, we will visit Germany as it emerges from its defeat in WW1 and from the worldwide depression of 1927. We will chronicle the rise of Hitler to power and the introduction of Anti-Semitic laws and policies. We will learn how the US 1936 Olympic team figured into the Anti-Semitic policies of the Third Reich and how the deafening silence after Kristallnacht reassured the Nazis that they could proceed with their policies
H102: The Genocide (Grade 8-Adult)
How was it possible for the Nazi regime to murder 6 million Jews? While the sheer volume of human life that was destroyed is impossible to fathom we will study how the Nazis used force, guile, cruelty and impeccable organization to carry out this heinous crime. We will also explore the aid the Nazis received from active collaborators in many of the countries they occupied, as well as the passive collaboration from silent world leaders.
H103: Heroes of the Holocaust (Grade 6-Adult)
In the midst of the carnage and cruelty there were many individuals who rose above the crowd and harbored and saved Jews from certain death. In Israel, Yad Vashem-The Israel Holocaust Museum, has recognized over 2,500 individuals as “Righteous among the Nations” for their exemplary acts of kindness during this horrific period. We will learn about some of these heroes; some saved thousands, some saved one life, but each had the courage and fortitude to do the right thing.
H104: Justice After the Holocaust (Grade 6-Adult)
Was it possible for the world to administer justice for the crimes against humanity which were committed by the Nazi regime? Is there still a need for justice to be rendered for the events that transpired over 70 years ago? Immediately after the war some Nazi leaders were put on trial in Nuremberg, and in 2016 there were still trials being held for persons who worked in the concentration camps. Works of art looted by the Nazis still hang in museums around the world and property confiscated has yet to be returned to the rightful owners. We will learn about justice that was rendered and attempts that are still underway today to achieve some measure of justice.
H105: Remembering the Holocaust (Grade 6-Adult)
As the generation of Holocaust survivors pass on, we as a society have to continue to learn and educate others about the events in Nazi Germany so that the words “Never Again” should ring true. We will visit Holocaust museums and memorials worldwide and learn about projects and initiatives in both Jewish and non-Jewish communities to ensure that every human being understands what can happen if hatred is not nipped in the bud.
IE101: What Exactly is a Kibbutz? (and other interesting things about Israel) (Grades 2-5)
Israeli culture is an exquisite blend of ancient and modern, and a country that people from West and East have come to call home. Heavily influenced by Jewish law and custom, Israeli culture has borrowed not only from its rich religious roots, but also from the food, music, and art of the people who have emigrated both from Europe (Ashkenazic Jews) and from North Africa and the Middle East (Sephardic Jews).
The 10 part series includes sessions on: 1) Getting to Know You: A bird's eye view of Israel; 2) Sukkot: The Fall Festival; 3) Urban Country: 92% of Israelis are “City Mice”; 4) Chanukah: The Festival of Lights; 5) Kibbutz Life: The Socialist Experiment that Continues to Thrive; 6) Tu B'Shvat: The Jewish Arbor Day; 7) Purim: Celebrating Jewish Survival 8) Passover: The Exodus from Egypt; 9) Israeli Art and Music: An Amazing Blend of East and West; 10)Israeli Food: You are what you eat…and boy do Israelis eat interesting foods.
Please note: You may order the entire series or individual presentations
IE102: Kids Dig Archaeology (Grades 5/6)
It’s amazing how artifacts that have been covered for hundreds or even thousands of years can tell a story of what once was. In this session students will learn the basics of the science of archaeology, and examine artifacts found in Israel and discovering the secrets that they contain about the past.
IE103: The Global Traveler - A Visit to Israel (Grades 7-Adult)
Known as the “Holy Land” and as the “Promised Land” Israel is at once ancient and modern, spiritual and vibrant. Your visit to Israel will include stops in historic Jerusalem, cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, the mountain fortress of Masada, Crusader castles from the Middle Ages, the lowest point on Earth-the Dead Sea and the desert mountains of Eilat. Though small in size Israel is an awesome place for a virtual tour.
Please note: This course can be presented in one comprehensive session, or more in depth in two sessions.
IE104: Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Grades 10-Adult)
Peace has remained elusive since the founding of Israel in 1948. Numerous wars have been fought and endless attempts at achieving peace have come and gone and yet the conflict persists. In this series, we will examine the root causes of the conflict and explore why peace remains such an elusive goal for the region.
Please note: The full presentation for adult groups is 5 sessions, and for student groups is 3 sessions. An abridged presentation of 2 sessions is also available.
IE105: The Six Day War-June 1967 (Grades 9-Adult)
In one of the most stunning events in military history a smaller Israeli army routed the combined militaries of Egypt/Jordan/Syria in just 6 days, tripling the area under Israeli control. How did this ever happen?
IE106: Israel: Start Up Nation
In 2009 Dan Senor and Saul Singer coined this phrase to describe the economic miracle of Israel. Though a country of only 8 million people Israeli companies have played a trailblazing role in the development of Hi Tech ideas and products which are used worldwide. What are the reasons behind Israel’s success? What are the latest ideas and concepts that are currently being developed? How is it, that this tiny country is home for so many things we use on a daily basis?
IE107: Democracy in Israel-“Quite the Party” (Grades 11-Adult)
As the only democracy in the region Israelis enjoy a vibrant and vocal political environment. Interestingly, in the Israeli parliament there are 9 political parties with representation. How does this happen??? We will learn about the political system and how it evolved and discuss whether the system gives a voice to the citizens of the country.
JS101: Intro to Orthodox Judaism (Grades 9-Adult)
Orthodox Jews, the most traditional of the branches of Judaism, comprise approximately 10%-15% of the world Jewish population of 14 million. Orthodox Jews meticulously observe the commandments recorded in the Old Testament as interpreted by Rabbinic authorities through the generations. Learn how the Laws given to Moses 3500 years ago are part and parcel of the everyday life of this unique group.
JS102: The Mystery of the Jews (Grade 11-Adult)
Mark Twain famously posed the question regarding the Jewish people “What is the secret of his immortality?” The Jewish people have been around for 3500 year, and have suffered persecution and discrimination against for the vast majority of that time. In this series, we will explore the mystique and mystery that surrounds the Jewish people and perhaps answer Mark Twain’s query.
Please note that for adults this is a 4-part series and for students either a 2 or 3-part series
JS103 : The Jewish Calendar (Grade 7-Adult)
For starters, the Jewish calendar is lunar based and has 354 days, except in a leap year when there is an additional month. Jewish holidays come in every size shape and form. From dipping apples in honey to fasting to eating in huts, the Jewish calendar is filled with special celebrations and customs. Explore each holiday, the different customs both ancient and modern as we go month by month in our discovery of the Jewish calendar and holidays
JE104: From the Four Corners of the Earth (Grade 7-Adult)
Through the course of history Jews have established thriving communities in just about every country on the globe. From Yemen to Ethiopia, from China to California synagogues have been established and unique customs have developed. With the establishment of Israel in 1948 some of these outposts have been abandoned in favor of reuniting in the “Promised Land” while other Jewish communities continue to develop and thrive. We will visit some of these communities from past to present and discover how each has contributed to the diversity of the Jewish people
All sessions are presented “live", and therefore will be tailor-made for your unique audience.
The cost of any individual session is $165, 3+ sessions is $150 per session.
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