A new initiative is looking to help students from all over the United States and Canada by offering a unique educational experience, in collaboration with one of the world’s largest public schools.
With the help of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a collaboration between the Columbus school and the School of Rock has been created to help educate students in the United Kingdom about how the Holocaust impacted the Jewish community in their native country.
In addition, the two schools will collaborate on a book and exhibit titled “The Legacy of Auschwitz: A Journey Through the Mind of a Holocaust Survivor.”
In the first part of the book, which is being published by HarperCollins, students learn about the history of the Holocaust from the perspective of the survivor, the first and only person to ever receive the designation of survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
The book, according to its publisher, will also explore how the book was read and used by survivors.
The book will also be published online by Harper Collins and will be available to students who have not yet purchased a copy.
The project is being supported by the National Center for Holocaust Research, the American Holocaust Memorial Foundation, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the Simon Baron-Cohen Center for Jewish Affairs.
“This is the first time a school has created a program like this,” said Rabbi Alan Cohen, president of the Simon-Wiesenthal Centre and a former member of the board of the Jewish Federations of North America.
“It is very exciting and very important that a Jewish school is able to bring together the people who know about this to educate students.”
The book will include essays by the survivors, their family members, former prisoners, and a variety of Holocaust survivors.
The collaboration between ColumbUS and the school of rock is being spearheaded by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, director of the School and Community Center for Students of Color in Columbia, New York.
Cooper and his team will provide guidance and support to the Colombus school in creating a program that focuses on Jewish education and how Jewish students can best relate to their Jewish communities.
“The first thing that we want to do is provide a Jewish community education that is not just about the Jewish people but about the whole world,” Cooper said.
“What I mean by that is that we should have a Jewish education that speaks to our people, our culture, and our world.
It’s really important to us that this program is about our people and our community.”
The Columbuses collaboration is being led by the Jewish Community Development Center of Columbias office of the chief rabbi.
Coordinator of the Colum-Berton-Cooper program, Rabbi David Karpel, said the collaboration with the school will not only serve as an educational opportunity for students but also a platform to work with the Jewish leadership and community.
The program will offer students a unique opportunity to learn about and relate to the Holocaust in a way that’s accessible to everyone,” Karpels said.