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Upcoming Seminars

Centropa Seminar in Greece

Date: December 15-16, 2019
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece

Our professional development seminar "Teaching 20th century multicultural Greek history through Jewish family stories, promoting interreligious tolerance in the Balkans" for Greek teachers in secondary schools will be organized between 15-16 December in Thessaloniki!

Participants will watch Centropa films, learn about Centropa projects that other teachers in Greece and elsewhere are already carrying out, and get connected with colleagues abroad. In cooperation with the European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative (ESJF), participants will develop lesson plans on how to integrate Greek Jewish material heritage, in particular local Jewish cemeteries, as sites of learning about Greek Jewish history.

The seminar will be organized in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation Greece/Cyprus, The European Jewish Cemeteries Iniciative, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Religion.

Apply by filling this registration form until November 17: https://forms.gle/Aq9RK6B7i2XkT4vLAIf

Download the seminar flyer: Thessaloniki seminar.pdf

More information and application: ruehle(at)centropa.org

Past Seminars

Trans.History seminar in Moldova

Date: October 25-27, 2019
Location: Chisinau and Riscova, Moldova

Our annual Trans.History seminar in Moldova brought together 50 participants from Moldova, Ukraine, Germany and the Visegrad countries. Teachers learned about the Jewish history of Moldova from Irina Shikova, watched Centropa films and drafted lesson plans, and listened to classroom-tested projects from our veteran teachers. We also attended the opening of our exhibition, "The Moldovan Jewish Family Album" in the Riscova school, and visited the Jewish cemetery of Orhei.

Special thanks to our partner, EcoVisio, and our supporters, the Auswärtiges Amt and Visegrad Fund.

Centropa Western Balkans Seminar

Date: October 18-20, 2019
Location: Skopje, North Macedonia

50 teachers from North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia gathered for Centropa's 7th annual Skopje seminar in cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial Center of Skopje. This training seminar, which included lectures and best-practice presentations, a guided tour of the Memorial's new exhibition, workshops, and a visit to the local Jewish community for Shabbat, was underwritten by the Claims Conference, the US Embassy and the Austrian Embassy. Special thanks to Lukas Bachmayer and Georg Woutsas, and our wonderful Balkans coordinators, Dani, Damjan, Tomislav and Jelena for their help.

Seminar for the Visegrad countries: Budapest, Hungary (October 18-20, 2019)

Date: October 18-20, 2019
Location: Budapest, Hungary


Centropa organized a regional seminar for 40 teachers of the Visegrad countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia and Poland). During the seminar, teachers learned about the Jewish history and culture of the region, familiarized themselves with educational materials such as Centropa short films and exhibitions, and listened to presentations from veteran teachers of how they use Centropa in class. We also visited the Jewish quarter of Budapest with guides from the Hungarian NGO "Haver Alapítvány", and celebrateed shabbat together in the Dohány synagogue.

The language of the seminar was Hungarian / Czech / Slovak / Polish, with professional interpreters.

Centropa Western Balkans Seminar: Maribor, Slovenia (May 31 - June 2, 2019)

Date: May 31 - June 2, 2019
Location: Maribor, Slovenia

Our seminar "Teaching Jewish history, the Holocaust, and inter-religious tolerance in the Western Balkans" was organized for 40 educators from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, and North Macedonia. During the seminar, participants learned about the Jewish history of Maribor and Lendava through expert lectures, walking tours and museum visits, met members of the Jewish community, watched Centropa films from the region, and listened presentations about how our veteran teachers use them in class. 

The working languages of the seminar were Slovenian and English.

Thanks for the Sinagoga Maribor Cultural Center, the Claims Conference and the Municipality of Lendava for their support. 

Trans.History Seminar: Odessa, Ukraine (April 12-14, 2019)

Date: April 12-14, 2019
Location: Odessa, Ukraine

For our 11th Trans.History seminar, we brought together 50 teachers fromUkraine, Moldova and Germany to discuss and share best practices on commemorating Jewish history and culture, and promoting active citizenship in educational contexts.

Thanks to our special guests: Marina London of Beit Grand, Vladislav Hrynevich, regional manager of UJE, Jens Kraus-Massé from the German Embassy Kyiv, and Anatoli Podolski and Maksim Gon for welcoming and speaking to our group.

Thanks for our partners and veteran teachers who run activites for us, and contributed to this meaningful event!

Centropa Poland Seminar: Lublin, Poland (March 22-24, 2019)

Date: March 22-24, 2019
Location: Lublin, Poland

25 Polish and 5 German teachers explored Centropa's teaching tools, met with academics and journalists such as Konstanty Gebert, attended a Shabbat dinner, engaged in workshops, and visited the State Museum at Majdanek at the site of the former German concentration camp. Together, participants developed lesson plans that they will use in their classrooms. 

The seminar was organized by Centropa, in partnership with the Galicia Jewish Museum Krakow, Friedrich Ebert Foundation Warsaw, and Teatr N.N. Lublin.

We thank the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Austrian Embassy Warsaw for underwriting this seminar.

Centropa Jewish Network Seminar: Istanbul, Turkey (February 24-27, 2019)

Date: February 24-27, 2019
Location: Ulus Jewish School, Istanbul, Turkey

34 teachers came together from 16 countries to our 7th professional development seminar for European Jewish schools in Istanbul, Turkey! Teachers learned about the Centropa database and our materials, attended workshops and presentations about new methodologies and tools, disvocered the old Jewish neighborhood of Istanbul, and attended a wonderful welcome dinner in the Neve Shalom synagogue, where they were welcomed by the rabbi. 

During the seminar, each teacher found a partner from another school, and together corss-border project ideas were outlined, which will connect the Jewish school students of Europe in creative and engaging ways while also deepening their knowledge about Jewish culture, and strenghtening their Jewish identity. 

Special thanks to our wonderful partners, the Ulus Jewish School, for being our welcoming hosts for this seminar!

CJN Istanbul Seminar flyer.pdf

Centropa Western Balkans Seminar: Belgrade, Serbia (December 14-16, 2018)

Date: December 14-16, 2018
Location: Belgrade, Serbia

35 participants from the Western Balkans attended our 12th regional teacher training seminar “Teaching Jewish History, the Holocaust and Interreligious Tolerance in the Western Balkans" at Cultural Center Parobrod in Belgrade, Dec 14-16.  

During the seminar, we opened our Sarajevo exhibition with special guests including Igor Kozemjakin of the Interreligious Council of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Sabine Kroissenbrunner, Deputy Ambassador of Austria. The participants also visited the former German concentration camp Staro Sajmiste and then explored the Dorcol neighborhood where the Kalef family used to live; later during the seminar, the teachers worked on lesson plans how to incorporate Centropa's films and exhibition into their classes. Lecturers included Loranda Miletic from Senior Advisor for Teacher Training at ETTA, Croatia, Biljana Stojanovic, Representative of the Serbian Education Ministry,  Goran Sadikarijo, Director of the Holocaust Memorial Center in Skopje, and Igor Kozemjakin from the Interreligious Council of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Special guests included Johannes Irschik of the Austrian Cultural Forum, Tony Rodriguez of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, our interviewee Hana Gasic, and Esther Baier. Special thanks to Jelena Krucicanin, our Serbian coordinator, and to our supporters - the German Embassy, the Austrian Embassy, the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany - and to Cultural Center Parobrod for hosting our exhibition and seminar.

Download the seminar program from here:

Centropa Seminar, Belgrade 2018.pdf

Centropa Lithuania Seminar: Vilnius, Lithuania (November 30 - December 2, 2018)

Date: November 30 - December 2, 2018
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Our seminar for Lithuanian teachers brought together 35 educators to explore Jewish history and the materials Centropa has to offer. The seminar also included an excursion to Alytus.

Trans.History Seminar: Chisinau, Moldova (November 28-30, 2018)

Date: November 28-30, 2018
Location: Chisinau, Moldova

Our 10th international Trans.History seminar “Connecting Moldovan students with 20th Century Jewish History – and with their neighbors” took place at the Jewish Community Center in Chisinau, Moldova from November 28th – 30th, 2018. We brought together 40 educators from Ukraine, Moldova and Germany to discuss and share best practices on commemorating Jewish history and culture, and promoting active citizenship in educational contexts.

 

Trans.History Seminar: Bonn, Germany (November 8-11, 2018)

Date: November 8-11, 2018
Location: Bonn, Germany

Our 9th international Trans.History seminar took place at the Marie-Kahle-Gesamtschule in Bonn from November 8th – 10th, 2018. We brought together 25 educators from Ukraine, Moldova and Germany to discuss and share best practices on commemorating Jewish history and culture, and promoting active citizenship in educational contexts.

 

Centropa US Seminar: Los Angeles (November 3, 2018)

Date: November 3, 2018.
Location: Los Angeles, USA

In the framework of our LA workshop, 7 teachers from the LA area explored Centropa’s database of over 22,000 old family photographs of 20th century Jewish life, read excerpts from our 700+ translated interviews, watched several of our short multimedia films and heard from veteran Centropa teachers about their successful classroom-tested lessons.  LAUSD teachers earned professional development credits.

Special thanks for Centropa teacher Yim Tam for helping make the workshop happen and making it a success. Also, thanks to Steven Lebowitz and Hien Pham at Watch Hill Capital, LLC, for hosting the workshop.  

Trans.History Seminar: Berlin, Germany (October 17-21, 2018)

Date: October 17-21, 2018
Location: Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, Germany

We are proud that Centropa participated at the BPB Workshop: War or Peace – Crossroads of History 1918 | 2018. The festival aimed to capture the variety of different – sometimes competing – narratives of World War I. and to explore their consequences for todays reality. From October 17 to 21, 2018, over 300 young guests met in Berlin to take part in a rich and diverse festival programme. Via different topics and approaches, we investigated how notions, expectations and reality of War and Peace differed throughout space and time and how memory and mutual understanding have strong effects on current political and civic activity. 

More information: https://www.warorpeace1818.org/

Centropa Hungary Seminar: Budapest, Hungary (October 12-14, 2018)

Date: October 12-14, 2018
Location: Apáczai Csere János school, Budapest, Hungary

For Hungarian teachers, we offered a 30-hour accreditated seminar about holocaust education and Jewish history. On Friday, participants visited the Teleki tér synagogue, a unique Shtiebel in Budapest. During the weekend, teachers watched Centropa films, saw the "Stories from a Family Album" exhibition, listened to presentations from our veteran teachers, a created lesson plans together.

Thanks to the Apáczai Csere János School for the location, and to Róbert Bácsi for taking photos!

Common Ground Seminar: Veszprém, Hungary (September 28-30, 2018)

Date: September 28-30, 2018
Location: Veszprém, Hungary

Our Common Ground program is organized for teachers in Hungary who would like to move their students out of their everyday settings by bringing them together with peers who come from a different social, ethnic, or religious background. In the framework of the program, teachers first take part in a three-day seminar where they learn about intercultural education and project-based learning, and team up with colleagues from a different school. Later, partner teachers work together to outline a project idea for their students. During the school year, students visit each other's schools, meet, learn about each other, and work towards a common goal - let it be a song, and exhibition, or a book project. 

This school year, the program is organized for the 4th time. 

Centropa Western Balkans Seminar: Skopje, Macedonia (May 4-6, 2018)

Date: May 4-6, 2018
Location: Skopje, Macedonia

Our annual Macedonian teacher-training seminar brought together 52 participants from Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, in Skopje on May 4-6, 2018, thanks to the generous support of the Claims Conference, the Holocaust Fund of the Jews from Macedonia, the US Embassy and the Austrian Embassy.

We would also like to thank our partners, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia and the Ministry of Education in Serbia, and especially our partner from the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia, which co-organized and hosted this seminar.

Finally, a big „THANK YOU" to our Centropa Balkan Network coordinators - Daniela Sterjova, Damjan Snoj and Tomislav Simic - who organized the Skopje seminar; the next seminar is scheduled to take place in December 2018 in Belgrade. For more infos, check our website in a few months!

Centropa US seminar: West Palm Beach, Florida (April 21, 2018)

Date: April 21, 2018
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida

Our seminar, “History, Holocaust, and Human Rights in the Global Classroom," was organized in West Palm Beach, April 21, 8:30am-3:30pm, co-sponsored by The School District of Palm Beach County and inSight through Education. Teachers from South Florida were invited to learn about our free teaching resources (www.centropa.org), lesson ideas from veteran Centropa teachers, design a lesson during the seminar, and gain information about connecting their students to European and Israeli students in our international teachers network.

See this flyer for more details: West Palm Beach Seminar Flyer.pdf

 

Trans.History Seminar: Lviv, Ukraine (April 3-5, 2018)

Date: April 3-5, 2018
Location: Lviv, Ukraine

Our third seminar in Lviv  brought together 50 educators, civil society activists and journalists from Ukraine, Moldova, Germany and Poland. During the seminar, teachers presented their projects and how they have used the Centropa films in educational contexts. The seminar also offered four different one-day workshops to choose from, historical lectures and the presentation of our exhibition „The Ukrainian Jewish Family Album“. In addition, we awarded the winners of our annual Youth Competition.

Marla Raucher Osborn, our partner from Rohatyn Jewish Heritage, wrote a summary of the seminar, which can be read here. 

Centropa Poland Seminar: Warsaw, Poland (March 2-4, 2018)

Date: March 2-4, 2018
Location: Warsaw, Poland

30 teachers from Poland and Germany came together to work with Centropa materials and discuss Polish Jewish history, during our annual Poland seminar in Warsaw, at the Menora conference room. The seminar was organized in cooperation with POLIN, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Poland, and Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation.

Centropa US Seminar: Columbia, SC (February 16-18, 2018)

Date: February 16-18, 2018
Location: University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Educators in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia were invited to join us at our seminar at the University of South Carolina, 16-18 February. More than 30 teachers came together to learn how to use Centropa’s stories of 20th century Central European Jewish life to teach history, ELA, social studies, civics, art, photography, film, storytelling, and foreign language. Topics included: Jews in Germany (in preparation for our 2018 Summer Academy in Berlin); Jim Crow / Nuremberg Laws: what can students learn from these two examples of legal discrimination?; stories of when friends, neighbors, teachers, and other community members turned against our interviewees - and stories of when they were helped by friends, neighbors and complete strangers; stories of Sephardic Jewish life in the Balkans, and the model of civic engagement that happened in the synagogue of Sarajevo during the 1990s Bosnian war when the Jews opened their synagogue to Muslims, Croats, and Serbs as they worked together to survive.

Centropa US Seminar: Houston, Texas (February 9-10, 2018)

Date for District Coordinators in the Houston and Galveston area: Friday, Feb 9, 2018, 8:00am-4:00 pm
Date for teachers in the Houston and Galveston areas: Saturday, Feb 10, 2018, 8:00am-4:00 pm
Location: Alief Independent School District Building, Board Room, 4250 Cook Road, Houston, TX 77072

Houston and Galveston teachers were invited to join us at our teachers' seminar on Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8:00am-4:00 pm, for a Centropa seminar that gave them new lesson ideas, a wealth of free new resources about 20th century Central and Eastern European Jewish life for teaching social studies, history, civics, character education, foreign language (Spanish), art, photography, and filmmaking, and an opportunity to create a lesson that works for students. Topics included: an introduction to Centropa’s photograph and interview database and short, multimedia films; the Spanish roots of Southeast Europe - stories of Sephardic Jewish life in the Balkans, and the model of civic engagement that happened in the synagogue of Sarajevo during the 1990s Bosnian war when the Jews opened their synagogue to Muslims, Croats, and Serbs as they worked together to survive; and stories of when friends, neighbors, teachers, and other community members turned against our interviewees - and stories of when they were helped by friends, neighbors and complete strangers. We also had a District Coordinator’s seminar the day before, Friday, Feb 9.

Centropa Hungary Seminar: Győr, Hungary (February 2-4, 2018)

Date: February 2-4, 2018
Location: Győr, Hungary

The seminar was organized for teachers of Győr, Hungary. 23 teachers came together to learn about Centropa's interview and photo database, our collected family stories, and the films and exhibitions we offer for classroom use. We also presented the Visegrád video competition, a video making opportunity for student to compete with the students of the Visegrád countries.