Welcome to our website.

Our program was founded 32 years ago. Since then it has grown in numbers but our basic philosophy has not changed. Although distances divide us we all share the same mission of teaching the Holocaust, emphasizing spiritual resistance, as first articulated through our founder and visionary, Vladka Meed. Presently, many classes/years/regions have their own Facebook pages, but there is no place for our community to interact as one group. Our website will overcome geography, and allow us to:

  • Form groups
  • Upload photos
  • Share lessons, thoughts, questions & triumphs
  • Enhance community between us

We look forward to getting to know all of you and for you to get to know each other. This is also a platform that you might want to share with friends, fellow educators, Holocaust professionals in your community, as well as business and personal connections who might donate to keep the program going.

Looking forward to meeting all of you in our virtual online community.

Meryl Menashe, web & program liaison
Luis Gonzalez, tech administrator
Neil Garfinkle, program liaison
Elaine Culbertson, program director

The Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program

The Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program (HAJRTP) Summer Seminar has been in existence for more than 30 years and has more than 1000 alumni hailing from every state in the US. This highly regarded program brings American teachers, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, to authentic sites of the Holocaust in Poland and Germany, where they study with and learn from survivors, second generation, famous scholars and extraordinary local guides. HAJRTP’s goals are: to advance education in U.S. secondary schools about the Holocaust and Jewish resistance; to deepen the knowledge and ability of teachers to implement Holocaust studies in their classrooms; to teach each new generation about the Holocaust and Jewish resistance so that they will know, understand and never forget; and to further educational activities that use the lessons of the past as warnings for the present and the future.

Thank you to our donors and supporters