As working remotely becomes the new normal for most of us, consider making use of the JFR website. Our rescuer section contains more than 175 individual stories of rescue, available here. Our documentary section contains award-winning documentaries of rescue stories, which you can view here. The documentaries are short, between 11 and 15 minutes, and are perfect for a single unit of study.
Also in this section is the documentary on JFR board president, Roman Kent, who will turn 95 in April. Click here to see Roman’s documentary. For those who may be planning a Yom HaShoah unit for your students, you might want to screen “A Survivor’s Journey: The Life of Roman Kent.”
If you have questions or if you need assistance, Stanlee is available to work with you, you can reach her by email at [email protected].
Due to the current situation, the 2020 Summer Institute for Teachers and European Study Program have been cancelled. We look forward to welcoming our 2020 Alfred Lerner Fellows in June of 2021. Information and dates for the 2021 Summer Institute for Teachers will be sent out this fall.
Professor Robert Jan van Pelt and I are looking forward to seeing everyone in Munich, Germany in July 2021. Information on the 2021 European Study Program will be sent to those who have registered for the 2020 program in the fall. If you are interested in joining us next July, please email Stanlee at [email protected].
The JFR’s 2020 Haggadah Supplement features Greek rescuer, Melpomeni Gianopoulou. The supplement is available on our website by clicking here. Melpomeni was honored at the JFR’s 2019 annual event. Here is a link to the documentary the JFR produced featuring Melpomeni’s rescue story.
Before the JFR office closed, awards were sent to all JFR supported Righteous living in 18 countries. The awards were sent so the rescuers would have funds for food for Easter and for medicine. Most of the rescuers live in countries that have instituted quarantines. We have received emails from the rescuers thanking the JFR for sending them funds during this period and wishing us well. Please click here to read the notes from the rescuers.
I would like to thank the Lerner Fellows who reached out to help in updating the Poster Set on Rescue. I will be contacting you over the next several weeks. If you would like to be involved with this project, please email Stanlee at [email protected].
Over the next several months, you will be hearing from our office asking you to update your contact information and to tell us what you are doing – still teaching, retired – if you are still teaching, what classes are you teaching, in what class do you teach the Holocaust, for how long, and in what grades? We would like to know about your Holocaust unit – since attending Columbia have you been able to expand your Holocaust unit?
Stay connected with the JFR through our Facebook page at The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, follow us on Twitter @JFRDirector, and frequent our blog at www.jfr.org/blog.
If you change names, home address, telephone numbers, emails – please do let us know so we can keep your record current.