Polin Academy Summer Seminar begins!

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews announces the Polin Academy Summer Seminar (PASS), its first on-site study program for North American educators, to take place the weeks of July 21 and August 4 in Warsaw, Poland.

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews will host first edition of the Polin Academy Summer Seminar beginning on July 21st. North American educators from across the Jewish communal spectrum will join their Polish colleagues in an innovative forum convened by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.  The Museum offers an entrée into Poland’s rich Jewish past, connecting millions of Jews worldwide, many of whom trace their roots to Polish lands, to their own heritage and shared history.

Forty educators from the United States and Canada were selected from a pool of over 70 applicants to participate in the pilot program.  During the course of each one-week seminar, participants will explore Polish Jewish history and contemporary Jewish life in Poland.  Using the Museum’s 8-gallery Core Exhibition as the base curriculum, educators will develop materials and programs for the thousands of North American individuals, families and groups expected to visit the Museum once it officially opens in late spring 2014.

Bringing myriad perspectives, the facilitators and participants will have opportunities to share best practices, gain expertise and develop programs that will enhance the Museum experience and enrich tours through Poland.  The program offers an extraordinary opportunity for North American and Polish educators to exchange ideas and educational methods, as well as examine historical narratives with their counterparts.

The intensive program, supported by Phyllis Cook, a trustee of the Jim Joseph Foundation, The Boeing Company and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, includes guest lecturers, panel presentations, site visits and working sessions as well as a shared Shabbat experience.  Programmatic partners include the March of the Living, the Jewish Family & Children's Services Holocaust Center of San Francisco and Apple Film Production. The Polin Academy Summer Seminar will be conducted in collaboration with a group of 10 Polish educators attending the Museum’s Polin Academy, its training program for future employees.

Polin Academy Summer Seminar:

  • July 21-28 (1st session)
  • August 4-11, 2013 (2nd session)

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