Holocaust Awareness

JCRC is committed to a high level of Holocaust programming, education, and survivor relationships, in partnership with the Greater Boston Jewish community.

New England Holocaust Memorial

Our stewardship of the Memorial creates a wide variety of educational opportunities for people of all ages. The Memorial is an important resource for individuals, teachers, and groups looking to study the Holocaust, genocide awareness, bullying and other issues of discrimination, hatred and intolerance. We offer tours at no charge led by Holocaust survivors and educators. These tours can be individualized to fit your group size, to work with your curricular goals, and to accommodate individuals of all learning levels. To learn more or to schedule a tour, please email Emily Reichman.

Annual Israel Arbeiter Holocaust Essay Contest

Our annual essay contest is a tribute to Israel “Izzy” Arbeiter, a Holocaust survivor and lifelong rights activist who lost several family members in the Holocaust. He is a past president of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to write a 400-800 word essay on the following topic. Essays will be judged on originality, knowledge, style, and depth. Each year, JCRC receives hundreds of essays from schools across Greater Boston. Essay contest winners receive educational scholarships, a trip to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, and are recognized at Greater Boston’s Jewish Community Commemoration of Yom HaShoah.

_V9A9523

JCRC Supports "An Act Relative to Genocide Education"
Hatred and Antisemitism are on the rise.  In 2017, ADL tracked an 86% increase in Antisemitic incidents in K-12 schools right here in Massachusetts. Many of these incidents involved Holocaust-related imagery and language. Memory of prior atrocities is fading.  According to survey data released last year, many adults lack basic knowledge of the Holocaust, and this lack of knowledge is even more pronounced among millennials. Yet, the overwhelming consensus (93%) is that all students should learn about the Holocaust in school. Education is key to combating hate.  By learning about the Holocaust and other genocides, students will have the opportunity to explore how stereotypes, prejudice, and religious and ethnic hatred can escalate to atrocity.