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Christian Leadership Seminar on Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Israel

A special program in cooperation with The Museum of the Bible, Washington DC; ICEJ USA and ICEJ Germany


Dates: April 21 – May 1, 2017

April 21 is the date of arrival. Participants are free to fly home on May 1. Your hotel stay is provided by Yad Vashem between April 21 (check-in) – May 1 (check-out), 2017.


Place: Yad Vashem, Jerusalem


The Course: The Holocaust is a defining event in human history, which generated a credibility crisis of major proportions in our most basic assumptions about the nature of mankind, of society, of the modern state, and of our responsibility as individuals to take a stand against unjust suffering of innocent people everywhere. These universal questions, and many others, touch upon the very foundations of civilization and even now, over seventy years since the end of World War II, we have not yet come to terms with the implications of this event. The Holocaust has therefore become a compelling challenge for concerned individuals all over the world.


Yad Vashem is best placed to help these committed individuals to meet this challenge in an open, honest, and professional environment. Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies is offering senior pastors and ministry leaders a unique educational experience. During a seminar in Israel the select group of about 25 participants will experience world-class lectures, moving Holocaust survivor testimonies and an introduction to Israel. (See appendix 1). Applicants are invited to send in their application form.


Application deadline: January 31, 2017


Notification of acceptance: February 10, 2017


Participants: Participants are expected to be Christian leaders (pastors, ministry leaders), who will be using the knowledge gained during the seminar to connect their communities and ministries with Holocaust remembrance and education. Course participants are expected to attend all the sessions and to actively participate in the exercises and discussions. Following the course, it is anticipated that participants will host a Christian Friends of Yad Vashem event at their church or community. Note that this is not a seminar for educators. Upon receiving the letter of acceptance the participants are expected to pay a non-refundable fee of $ 500 to confirm their participation.


Scholarship: The selected participants will receive a scholarship covering course materials, field trips, hotel and meals. The scholarship does not cover round-trip travel from the participants' country of origin travel to/from airports nor medical insurance.


Application form: application-christian-leadership-2017.doc


Mail application to the contact address below:

Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem International Relations Division

POB 3477 91034

Jerusalem Israel

Fax. +972 2 644 3429

E-mail: Christian.friends@yadvashem.org.il



Seminars at Yad Vashem


The seminars consist of several components:

1. Academic lectures by leading scholars and researchers, enabling educators to expand their knowledge of the history of the Holocaust. Special emphasis is given to broadening the participants’ knowledge of Judaism and to the discussion about Jewish responses under Nazi rule. The program focuses on the implications of the Holocaust on the Christian world and on western society. Time will be devoted to a discussion and analysis of the shaping of Holocaust memory especially within the Christian context. Enhancing awareness to the impact of each society’s identity and self-understanding on its interpretation of the past will facilitate genuine dialogue and a mutual understanding of other society’s narratives.

2. Survivor testimonies: The seminars include meetings with Holocaust survivors and discussions about the use of testimonies in Holocaust teaching. These meetings lend an experiential dimension to the seminars, and contribute to enhance the educators’ commitment to teaching the Holocaust.

3. Israel and Israeli society: The participants also go on some tours of Jerusalem.