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Summer Institute in Israel

The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education sponsors a three-week Catholic Institute for Holocaust Studies (CIHS) every summer in partnership with Yad Vashem’s The International School for Holocaust Studies. The Holocaust Institute in Israel is specifically designed for educators working in Catholic institutions throughout the United States. The program will equip participants to enter into serious discussion on the causes of antisemitism and the Holocaust with serious consideration of the Catholic perspective. It seeks through planned meetings to discuss the shaping of appropriate curricular responses at Catholic Institutions in light of the Holocaust. The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem is responsible year-round for all educational activities held at Yad Vashem - the most comprehensive center of Holocaust commemoration in the world. The Shoah is seen as a seminal event in human history which confronts and challenges Jews and non-Jews alike. The institute for educators focuses on the historical dimensions in order to best grapple with the moral and philosophical issues that are raised. The Institute convenes full days with occasional evening sessions, and includes lectures, films, pedagogic workshops, group discussions, and guided travel to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ghetto Fighters Kibbutz, Tiberias, Akko, Rosh Hanikra, Sea of Galilee, Capharnaum, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, Nazareth, Qumran, Dead Sea and Masada. This program is designed for educators working in Catholic institutions, especially those at the college/university levels. Past participants have included higher education faculty and administrators, middle and high school teachers and administrators as well as priests, seminarians and campus ministers.

Download the Catholic Institute for Holocaust Studies 2020 Brochure (PDF) here.

Download the Catholic Institute for Holocaust Studies Application form.

Genocide and Holocaust Studies at Seton Hill University

Seton Hill’s online program in Genocide and Holocaust Studies assists current and future teachers, historians, and scholars to understand the cultural, political, economic, and religious forces behind genocide by engaging in comparative study of genocides of the past and present and by examining the singularly horrific crime of the Holocaust. The certificate program provides educators with the tools that are needed to present information on the Holocaust and other forms of genocide to students in an age-appropriate and emotionally supportive manner. It also helps anyone interested in genocide and the Holocaust to have a fuller understanding of the political, social and religious issues that give rise to acts of genocide, and how the lessons of history inform possible responses to the genocides that exist in the world today. Developed in association with Seton Hill’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, the program in Genocide and Holocaust Studies provides students with access to a vast array of resources, including faculty members who are internationally renowned for their expertise in the field of genocide and the Holocaust studies. Opportunities to study in Poland or Israel are also available through Seton Hill’s Genocide and Holocaust Studies Program.