By Dr. Art Leader
Acclaimed Actor Saul Rubinek headlines CHES Kristallnacht Commemoration
In a few short days, on November 9, supporters of CHES will have the exclusive opportunity to share in actor-writer-director Saul Rubinek’s performance of excerpts from his play, “All in the Telling.” The play recounts his parents’ experiences as survivors during the Holocaust — hidden by Polish farmers — and how this has impacted three generations of the famous actor’s family. His story resonates with me and so many of us whose parents or grandparents survived persecution, genocide, refugee camps, and then went on to establish a new life in a new country. As we lose more of the survivors of the Holocaust, it is up to the next generations to re-tell their stories so that we never forget.
For more information and to register for this event: https://bit.ly/CHESnov9. To read more visit: Saul Rubinek headlines CHES Kristallnacht Commemoration by Toby Herscovitch.
Helen Epstein’s Literary Pilgrimage
Building on Saul Rubinek’s shared experiences, Helen Epstein’s talk invites us to join her literary pilgrimage and asks: “The Shadow of the Holocaust on the Lives of Children of Survivors … Is it Possible to Move Beyond its Grip?” Ms. Epstein has spent the past 40 years in the exploration of people who were possessed by a history they never lived. Her seminal research explored generational trauma and how survivors’ experiences are transmitted to their children and relatives. Her presentation will shine a light on her family history, on intergenerational trauma, and on the need of survivors to understand their history. Chaim Katz, a PhD student and the grandson of survivors, will share his personal story of antisemitism on university campuses today.
For more information and to register for this event: https://bit.ly/CHESnov14. To read more visit: Helen Epstein%u2019s Literary Pilgrimage: %u201CEnriching our quest for memory and understanding” by Benita Siemiatycki.
2021 Teachers’ Workshop Aims to Promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Through Holocaust Education
To help teachers meet the challenges of teaching about the Holocaust in a limited amount of time, CHES organizes annual teachers’ workshops. These workshops provide much needed, highly focused, Holocaust education programs, plans, and hands-on materials linked to the schools’ educational goals. Supported by a generous grant from the Congregation Beth Shalom’s Legacy Fund, the 2021 Teachers’ Workshop, entitled “Testimonies of the Holocaust, Inspiring Change Through Legacy: In-Depth Exploration of the Voices of Holocaust Survivors” will encourage students to reflect on and discuss the important connection between Holocaust history and legacy and current social justice and human rights issues.
Workshop organizers Sophia Mirzayee and Kenra Mroz are looking forward to working with educators in order to promote an understanding of current issues involving discrimination, racism, and antisemitism while encouraging equity and diversity in schools. The Teachers’ Workshop takes place on Wednesday, November 24 from 16:30 to 18:30. The workshop material and lesson plans are free and will be available on the CHES website: www.chesatottawa.ca For more information and to register for this event https://bit.ly/CHESnov24.
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