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Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators Program

Repercussion Theatre

MONTREAL,  DECEMBER 11, 2012 Teachers and spiritual guidance and community involvement animators  can now apply for   three week all expenses paid scholarships to take part of the Yad Vashem International Seminar for Educators in Jerusalem, Israel.

As part of the Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators Program, participants  will take part in  a professional development program  under the direction of the Faculty of the Yad Vashem Seminars for Educators from Abroad, International School for Holocaust Studies.  The goal of the program is to provide professional development activities to teachers for teaching about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism to students in the youth Sector. Each recipient will be asked to create at least one teaching unit or module developed within the context learned. This will be the eighth year for the program, with 24 teachers and one spiritual animator having gone through it with full scholarships.

Notes Riva Hecht: “Our scholarship program is an essential educational component for teaching about the history of the Jewish people.  We are privileged to be able to provide this professional development opportunity to Quebec teachers.”

Yaron Ashkenazi, the executive director of the Canadian Friends of Yad Vashem, notes that 350,000 educators from more than 100 different countries study at Yad Vashem each year. “
You can download an application form here:

Please read the submission from last year’s EMSB scholarship recipient, Julie Etheridge of Vincent Massey Collegiate.



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
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