Summer Seminar


2014 Summer Seminar Participants © Scott Lone

Our twelve-day summer seminar is open to Holocaust educators from across the United States and will take place from June 17 – 29, 2017 in NYC. Led by Sondra Perl, Jennifer Lemberg, and their colleagues Alice Braziller, Michael Franke, and Oana Nestian-Sandu, the seminar encourages teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about how they teach the Holocaust, genocide, and social justice. Participants become adept at dealing with difficult material and discover how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help motivate students toward social action. Prior experience teaching the Holocaust or focusing on social injustice in the classroom is required. Applicants should have at least five years’ classroom experience and need to be at least five years from retirement.

Course content includes:

  • Testimony from Holocaust survivors
  • Workshops by scholars and artists
  • A day at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • A focus on experiential learning, interactive pedagogy, and writing
  • Outings to historic sites and cultural events

Speakers at the 2017 Summer Seminar will include:

  • Mehnaz Afridi on Christian, Jewish, Muslim dialogue
  • Inge Auerbacher, author of I Am A Star, on being a child at Terezin
  • William Bernheim presenting a Holocaust survivor’s story as seen through his own artwork
  • Fanya Heller, author of Love in a World of Sorrow, on being a teenage witness
  • Enithie Hunter on race, resilience and reparations
  • Irving Roth on surviving Auschwitz
  • Rabbi Greg Wall on Jewish culture and klezmer music
  • Alexandra Zapruder, author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust

All participants receive a fellowship of $350, free housing at Columbia University, and round-trip airfare. Local transportation and most meals will be provided by TOLI.

Click here to download our flier.

Applications for the 2017 Summer Seminar in New York City are now closed. We will make 2018 applications available in November.

How do we make the Holocaust accessible to students? What’s at stake for them, for us, for the world? But equally important, what can we learn by working with one another?”

– Sondra Perl, Seminar Director


For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact

TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)