Category Archives: TOLI News

Jewish Telegraphic Agency- Lithuania’s Holocaust record is an ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius

    Lithuania’s Holocaust record is an ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius OCTOBER 29, 2019 8:05 AM (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Lithuania said the European nation’s Holocaust-era history is “an open wound” and called on local patriots to teach history “honestly” because “people have to know what happened here.” Yosef Levy’s […continue]

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“A Multi-Generational Approach to Holocaust and Social Justice Education” Milwaukee (Fox Point), Wisconsin

“A Multi-Generational Approach to Holocaust and Social Justice Education,” TOLI’s Milwaukee (Fox Point), Wisconsin seminar, took place July 28-Aug 2, 2019. The cohort spent time learning about the rise of antisemitism in Nazi Germany and the current state of anti-Semitism. Educators met with Rabbi Ron Shapiro, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shalom, to learn about the […continue]

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“Honoring Resilience: Learning from the Holocaust and Dakota Exile” St. Cloud, Minnesota

TOLI’s Minnesota seminar, “Honoring Resilience: Learning from the Holocaust and Dakota Exile,” was held August 4-10th, 2019, and began its first full day exploring iconic images of the Holocaust, reviewing the history of Native Peoples, and learning more about hatred, genocide, and anti-Semitism. Minnesota educators learned about the Jewish resistance through recording their stories, and […continue]

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2019 New York City Summer Seminar

On a warm Sunday evening in June, 26 teachers from across the country gathered at the Olga Lengyel Institute for the first time.  TOLI’s 2019 summer seminar began with a short reception—an opportunity to create connections that would be built upon over the next 11 days.  During this time the teachers shared their identities, forged […continue]

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Poland Seminar: From Warsaw To Krakow And Auschwitz

32 Teachers heard testimony from Holocaust survivors, Confronting anti-Semitism   The second annual Poland seminar opened in Warsaw, hosted by the Museum of the History of Poland’s Jews (TOLI partner), and continued to Krakow, from where participants visited Auschwitz and concluded with the Jewish heritage festival.  Thirty-two teachers from throughout Poland attended the program, along […continue]

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Reclaiming Our Humanity: Jackson Mississippi

In Jackson, MS, 20 teachers joined in an effort to restore, repair, and reclaim humanity at the 2nd annual TOLI seminar, Reclaiming Our Humanity: Lessons of the Holocaust for Today. Teachers made connections between the anti-Jewish laws of Nazi Germany and the oppressive Jim Crow laws that were enforced in the Southern United States during […continue]

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Worlds Apart But Not Strangers: Learning From Holocaust & Native American Experience to Confront Extremism and Intolerance

Worlds Apart But Not Strangers brought together 25 teachers from Montana and Idaho to learn about the Holocaust and mass persecution of Native Americans. The program included visits to North Cheyenne reservation, tribal sacred grounds (see photo above), and the Bighorn battlefield in southern Montana. The group also visited the Beth Aaron Synagogue and received an overview of Judaism […continue]

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Announcing 2019 TOLI Seminars

In 2019 TOLI has scheduled seminars in ten U.S. cities and eight European countries. In addition, TOLI’s flagship New York City seminar will be held June 16-27th. Teachers will be receiving professional training by TOLI, focusing on the Holocaust and its lessons for today. United States: Salisbury, Maryland – POSTPONED until 2020 Amherst, Massachusetts – July 15-20 […continue]

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Bringing Art into the Classroom: Stefani Sobol-Pastor

For Stefani Sobol-Pastor, being an educator runs in the family—her four siblings and mother all work in the field. So it’s no surprise that around the age of twenty, the path to teaching, as she puts it, “found her.” Today, she uses her degrees in Theology and Philosophy to teach 11th and 12th graders at Seton-LaSalle High […continue]

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TOLI & Yad Vashem Present Webinar for TOLI Teachers

  We are so pleased to announce the webinar series, Women in the Holocaust, that has been created by educators at Yad Vashem and is being run exclusively for teachers in our network. On Sunday March 3, 2019, 45 teachers across the US as well as those living in Austria, Romania and South America, participated […continue]

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