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News from the 19th Floor – Alfred Lerner Fellows – September 2017

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News from the 19th Floor

The Alfred Lerner eNewsletter is back and we have a new format.  We hope you like it.

Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds
Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds

 2016 Documentary Wins 4 Telly Awards

“Following the Footsteps of My Father” was awarded four Telly Awards! Two Silver Telly awards were given for General History for Non-Broadcast productions and for General Education for Non-Broadcast Productions. Two Bronze Telly awards were given for General Documentary: Individual for Non-Broadcast Productions and for General Not-for-Profit for Non-Broadcast productions. The documentary was first shown at our 2016 annual dinner where Pastor Chris Edmonds accepted the JFR’s Yehi Or Award – Let There be Light on behalf of his late father.

Some information about the Telly Awards. Silver is their highest award. The Telly Awards was founded in 1979, to honor the best in TV, cable, digital and streaming, and non-broadcast productions.

The documentary is also available online through The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) website – click here to view it. If you have not viewed this documentary, I urge you to do so and to consider including this rescue story in your unit on both World War II and the Holocaust. The rescue story took place during the Battle of the Bulge.


2018 Advanced Seminar Registration Opens

Registration for the JFR’s 2018 Advanced Seminar is open! The scholars include Volker Berghahn, Christopher Browning, Atina Grossmann, and Peter Hayes. The seminar will be held at the Hilton Newark Airport over Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend (January 13-15, 2018).

To reserve your spot, please submit your completed application and participant fee as soon as possible. If you are unable to find the email announcing the program, which included the application, please email [email protected], to request an application.

Professor Chistopher Browning lecturing at the 2017 Advanced Seminar
Professor Chistopher Browning lecturing at the 2017 Advanced Seminar
Lerner Fellows at the 2017 Advanced Seminar
Lerner Fellows at the 2017 Advanced Seminar
Stanlee Stahl and Lisa Marini
JFR Board Member Hannah Waldman, Tony Rodriguez of The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), Stanlee Stahl, Professor Lawrence Douglas, and Naomi Cogan of the Claims Conference at the 2017 Summer Institute for Teachers

2017 Summer Institute for Teachers

In June, we welcomed 25 new Alfred Lerner Fellows to our Summer Institute for Teachers which is held at Columbia University. 2017 marked the 18th year of the program, more than 550 master educators have attended the program. Teachers for the program are nominated by one of our Holocaust Centers of Excellence. Below is a picture of the 2017 Alfred Lerner Fellows with Roman Kent, JFR Board President.

Lisa Marini, from Lakeland, Florida, received the Eduard Sonder Family Scholarship.  Eduard Sonder, a Jewish German proprietor of a wine business, was killed during the Holocaust. In his loving memory, Kate Tarnofsky and Johanna Stark, his two surviving grandchildren, established the scholarship which covers the participant fee for an educator to attend the Summer Institute for Teachers.

2017 European Study Program to Lithuania and Poland

This past July, 20 Alfred Lerner Fellows joined Professors Sam Kassow and Peter Hayes as we traveled across Lithuania and Poland. It was an exceptional study program. If anyone would like the reading list for the study program, please email me. While in Lithuania we met with three rescuers supported by the JFR, two of whom are featured in this eNewsletter.

We will be offering a European Study Program to Germany and the Netherlands in July 2018. Professor Peter Hayes will be the scholar for this Study Program. We leave on Sunday, July 8 and fly to Frankfurt and we return on Monday, July 16, 2018, from Amsterdam.  We are working on the details and hope to announce the program by the end of October 2017. If you are interested, please let me know at [email protected].

Lerner Fellows in Lithuania with Bronislawa and Sofia Voroniecky and family
Lerner Fellows in Lithuania in 2017, with Bronislawa and Sofia Voroniecky and their family
2017 European Study Program Participants
Michael Gadihle and Stanlee Stahl at the 2016 JFR Dinner

Michael Gadihle Awarded the 2016 Robert I. Goldman Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education

The Goldman Award is presented annually to a teacher who demonstrates excellence and creativity in the field of Holocaust education. Michael is a high school history teacher at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he teaches a semester-long honors Holocaust elective for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Michael became an Alfred Lerner Fellow in 2015. He is a talented and gifted educator.

Write a Short Article for the Alfred Lerner eNewsletter

Please consider writing a short piece on what you are doing in your classroom. Sharing ideas, teaching methodologies, and approaches is one of the purposes of the eNewsletter. Many of you have called and emailed me about your projects and classrooms activities. The Alfred Lerner eNewsletter is a perfect venue to share what you are doing with others.

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