Upcoming Events

Jan 27th

Echoes and Reflections & Elie Wiesel’s Night

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:00am – 2:00pm

at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

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How do we prepare students to read and understand Elie Wiesel’s Night within the larger historical framework of the Holocaust? What are some of the moral and ethical questions that the memoir helps students examine?



Program Goals


>Familiarize participants with the content and pedagogy of Echoes and Reflections through experiential activities.


>Enhance teacher knowledge about the Holocaust.


>Explore Echoes and Reflections multimedia assets including the correlated visual history testimonies and other primary resources and materials.


>Introduce participants to IWitness, an online complement to Echoes and Reflections that includes interactive student-centered activities.


>Every participant will receive a copy of the Teacher’s Resource Guide.


Participants will explore the following:


>History of antisemitism and the ghettos for context prior to teaching Night.


>Interdisciplinary materials, including art work, photographs, poetry, and personal narratives, for teaching about the “Final Solution.”


>Significant themes of the memoir and additional resources to support the teaching of the text.




What Is Echoes and Reflections?


A comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. With Echoes and Reflections, teachers can help students make connections with the past and gain relevant insight into human dilemmas and difficult social challenges.



For more information and to register, contact Jeanette Parmigiani jparmigiani@baltjc.orgor 410-542-4850 or download the application form here. 


A joint program of the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem.

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Feb 12th

Movie Screening – Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia

Sunday, February 12th at 1pm

Included with Museum Admission – Get Your Tickets Now

Members: Reserve Your Seats Here!




Join us for the Maryland premiere of Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia. Following a one-hundred-year-old account of the prominent Jewish Polish scholar Jacque Faitlovich, the film-maker travels to discover and explore a sect of secret Jews in Ethiopia. Named Bal Ej, craftsmen, for their artisan skills, they have been persecuted by their Orthodox Christian neighbors who slandered them as “evil-eyed” and “hyena-people.” They have been deprived of basic rights, including ownership of land.



Fearing persecution, they appear to be Christian, practicing Judaism in strict secrecy. This film reveals hundreds of years of history, customs and culture of a remarkable community.



Following the screening we will be talking with the director Irene Orleansky live from Israel via Face Time.



About the director: Irene Orleansky was born in Ukraine, raised in Russia, to a family of Holocaust survivors from Poland. Today Orleansky resides in  Israel and works as a musician, producer, ethnographist and film-maker.  Irene has dedicated the last few years to exploring the culture, music and traditions of remote Jewish communities in Asia and Africa.

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, www.centropa.org, 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017USwinterseminar


Questions? Contact Lauren Granite, at granite@centropa.org or 301-787-0052


Download 2017 Centropa Winter Seminar Flyer