Calendar of Events

Feb 24th

Got Shabbat in Federal Hill!

Got Shabbat



Join Beth El Federal Hill and B’nai Israel with the Jewish Museum of Maryland and DBJCC


Location: 1530 Battery Avenue Baltimore, 21230


$25 per family – Early bird special, $20 for first 10 families who register!




Questions? Contact Lara Nicolson | 410.559.3532 |


Visit to view the full Got Shabbat calendar through June 2017. 

Feb 19th

The Balkan Sephardim: Their Stories, Our Heritage

Speakers: Edward Serotta, Director of Centropa and Dr. Joseph Benatov, University of Pennsylvania

Sunday, February 19th at 6:30 PM

FREE – Please Reserve Your Seat Here




In 1492, when the Jews of Spain—the Sephardim–were expelled from their home of a thousand years, they sought refuge in many lands. In what became modern-day Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia, Jews lived alongside their Muslim and Christian neighbors. For 400 years, the lived peacefully suffering neither ghettos nor pogroms. But as the Ottomans withdrew and the ugly 20th century took shape, they were marked for destruction. By 1945 the vast majority of them had been murdered. Only Bulgaria managed to protect its Jews, while deporting, en masse, the Jews of Macedonia and northern Greece. In 1992, 50 years after the massacre of the Balkan Sephardim had begun, and 500 years after they had been expelled from Spain, a band of Holocaust survivors in Sarajevo turned their synagogue into a humanitarian aid agency during the Bosnian-Serb siege of their city. Who worked there? Jews and Muslims, Serbs and Croats.


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Join us for a screening of multimedia films and conversation with Dr Joseph Benatov of the University of Pennsylvania, and Edward Serotta, director of Centropa. We will discuss the tragedy and the resilience of the Balkan Sephardim, their role in the broader story of Sarajevo, and how Centropa uses the story in schools throughout the world.


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This program is presented in partnership with Centropa.



About the Speakers:


Joseph Benatov holds a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. He has written on competing national narratives of the saving of the Bulgarian Jews during World War II; Jewish identity politics in Philip Roth’s early fiction; and the sensationalism of U.S. representations of life behind the Iron Curtain. He has translated fiction, poetry, and drama, including several plays staged to wide acclaim in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also the English translator of the contemporary Bulgarian novel Zift.



Edward Serotta is an American-born, Vienna-based writer, photographer, and filmmaker. He is the author of three books on Jews in Central Europe, including Survival in Sarajevo: Jews, Bosnia, and the Lessons of the Past. During the Bosnian war in the 1990s he filed reports for National Public Radio, TIME, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2000, Mr Serotta founded Centropa to preserve European Jewish memory through family pictures and stories. Centropa now works with more than 500 schools in 20 countries



Feb 18th – Feb 20

History, Holocaust, and Human Rights in the Global Classroom

February 18 – 20, 2017

2017 Centropa Winter Seminar

in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Maryland

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Who we are: Centropa, a Jewish historical institute based in Washington, Hamburg, Budapest and Vienna, interviewed 1,200 European Jews and scanned 22,000 of their old family pictures. We asked them to tell us stories about how their families lived—during the entire 20th century.


We offer teachers a database of 22,000 photos, 700 interviews and 40 multimedia films that bring history life for your students—as well as teacher-designed lessons – all on our website,, all free of charge.


Teachers use these resources to teach history, social studies, ELA, art, foreign language, filmmaking, photography, technology, and civics.


Why you should join this seminar: Immerse yourself in 20th century European history, digital storytelling, Holocaust and tolerance education, and conversations on creating a global classroom. You’ll share ideas with our veteran teachers who’ll tell of their projects with European, Israeli, and South African schools, creative pedagogies, and student-directed projects that students love and that meet state and Common Core standards.


What makes us different

>our approach to 20th century history and Holocaust education: our films (which have been shown in 19 film festivals) turn history into something personal. Students love them, and most of our stories features a Righteous Gentile who saved the people we interviewed,


>our pedagogy: no boxed curriculum – you decide how our resources will work for you;


>our emphasis on civics: we’ll discuss the 1990s Bosnian war and how Jews and Muslims worked in a synagogue to save an entire city; we’ll show you a film in Spanish that Hispanic students feel was made just for them (and it was);


>cross-competency projects: we challenge US students to make films projects about how to be active citizens, and then share their projects with students in Europe;


>our international teachers network: in July 2017 we will hold our 11th Summer Academy in Budapest and Belgrade, a gathering of international educators, where you will create cross-cultural projects with European, Israeli, and South African teachers.



For application and cost information, click here:


Questions? Contact Lauren Granite, at or 301-787-0052


Download 2017 Centropa Winter Seminar Flyer