Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to ensure the safety of teachers and other participants, TOLI  shifted all US seminars online for 2020. For summer 2021, our NYC program will work with the teachers accepted into the 2020 cohort. Other TOLI programs open to teachers in 2021 can be found on our Satellite Seminar pages. We have 14 programs, some virtual and some planning to be held in-person, with a range of exciting topics.

Our next in-person eleven-day summer seminar in NYC will take place in July 2022. This program will be open to 25 middle school, high school, and college educators from across the United States. 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 and/or focusing on social justice in the classroom is required.

Our application process is highly competitive. Applicants to the seminar in NYC should have at least five years’ classroom experience and need to be at least five years away 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
  • A focus on Jewish culture and klezmer music

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.

Applications will be open in November of 2021.



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


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