Chevra Kadisha to Sponsor Teachers
Holocaust Museum Houston Now Accepting Applications for Summer Institute

HOUSTON, TX (Jan. 3, 2010) – Educators will have the opportunity to learn the importance of the Holocaust and its relevance to more current examples of genocide from some of the world’s leading experts next July thanks to a new grant from Chevra Kadisha of Houston.

 Chevra Kadisha
Board member Joseph Secan, left, and President Lester Sternberg of Chevra Kadisha of Houston present a check to Holocaust Museum Houston Chairman Michael S. Goldberg to provide scholarships to teachers at this year's  Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators.

The teachers will attend the eighth annual Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators held at Holocaust Museum Houston July 6-9, 2010.

It will mark the second time Chevra Kadisha of Houston has underwritten the cost for some teachers to attend the world-class institute. Last year, the organization, which for almost 100 years has served Houston's Jewish families with dignity and respect, supported three educators to attend the Museum program.

This year, the group has announced its  grant will become an annual gift to support several more teachers. Normally, the institute trains between 25 and 40 educators from around the world each year.

"The reason Chevra Kadisha decided to do this was that we felt that when the Holocaust occurred, the Jewish victims who were exterminated were not able to get the traditional, respectful Jewish burial.  By doing this, we will enable teachers to impart the tragic story of what occurred to their students and to carry on the message," said Joseph Secan, a Chevra Kadisha board member who chairs the new Chevra Kadisha Holocaust Studies Scholarship Fund.

"As our group is involved in Jewish burial services, we felt it a very appropriate connection for us to be involved in remembering the 6 million who died and to help carry on their legacy," said Lester Sternberg, president of the group.

The institute is a four-day program that moves beyond the general history of the Holocaust to explore the various dimensions and implications of the Holocaust and other genocides.

The institute, held each summer, provides substantive content and the opportunity to network with internationally known scholars of the Holocaust and teachers from around the world. Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers grow in their understanding of the Holocaust and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust.

The program is directed toward educators on a secondary or higher level, but university students and educators of all levels who have a specific interest in, and background knowledge of, the Holocaust are invited to apply.

Seating is limited and is on a competitive basis. The cost to attend the program is $150, which includes lunch and materials for the four days. Scholarship recipients will be selected from applicants for the program. To apply, download the application form at http://www.hmh.org/ed_kaplan.shtml.

This educator training program is also supported by grants from the Max M. Kaplan Teacher Education Fund and is presented with special thanks to Continental Airlines, the official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston. 

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.

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