Catching Up, Part I: A Sobering Study

Hello, world! As you may have noticed, we here at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh blog have been MIA (and by we, I mean I, Jackie, have been MIA). To make up for it, I will be sharing three posts this week to get caught up: The first, to discuss last week’s study released in … Continue reading Catching Up, Part I: A Sobering Study

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Passover and the Holocaust

By Jackie Shimshoni This Friday evening begins the Jewish holiday of Passover (or Pesach, as it's called in Hebrew). This holiday has been one of the most important in the Jewish religion for thousands of years. This week's blog post discusses how the holiday was observed during the Holocaust and how it has been affected … Continue reading Passover and the Holocaust

Remembering the Children: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program

By Jackie Shimshoni We offer lots of different educational programs here at the Holocaust Center; so many, in fact, that even people who are familiar with us and what we do are often surprised when they realize that there are currently about 16 different programs we run simultaneously (and our many events count as just … Continue reading Remembering the Children: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program

Teaching the Holocaust Through Books, Pictures, Theater, and Music: A Summary of Our Recent Teacher Trainings

By Jackie Shimshoni Last week we had two teacher trainings about using the arts to teach about the Holocaust. There are two major reasons why I was excited leading up to these trainings: Here at the Holocaust Center, we know firsthand how impactful the arts can be in telling stories and touching students. Whether it’s … Continue reading Teaching the Holocaust Through Books, Pictures, Theater, and Music: A Summary of Our Recent Teacher Trainings

A Very Israeli Name: Discovering My Family’s Escape and Loss in the Holocaust

By Jackie Shimshoni When folks hear my last name (Shimshoni), after giving a blank look and asking how that’s spelled, there’s inevitably one of two reactions. If the person is American, they will guess it is some sort of Native American (a la Shoshone tribe) or Asian. If the person I’m talking to is Israeli, … Continue reading A Very Israeli Name: Discovering My Family’s Escape and Loss in the Holocaust

Announcing the Winners of the Waldman International!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition! Visual Arts Middle School First Place: Butterfly Catcher- Noah Lewis Second Place: Silence – Emma Turnbull Third Place: Pieces- Sheina Ehven High School First Place: Sculpture – Emily Helman Second Place: Flower of Hope – Lauren Lucas Third Place: … Continue reading Announcing the Winners of the Waldman International!