Commemorating the Holocaust:
The Lost Sephardic World of the Balkans


Tuesday, March 29 @ 7 PM EST - 8:30 PM EST

Free program; registration required.


Join us for a special Professional Development opportunity for educators to learn more about the lesser known Holocaust history and experiences of Sephardic Jewry from the Balkans, Slovakia, and Greece. In this 90-minute webinar teachers will learn about the history of Sephardic Jews, discover primary and secondary sources that will help you share this history with your students in practical ways in the classroom. We will provide activities, lessons, and projects you can do with your students—all free and available in a Google Classroom for your convenience.

Program in partnership with Centropa.

Past Programs

Creating Critical Thinkers through Holocaust Education


A professional development opportunity


Tuesday, October 26, 2021 ~ 4:00-5:00 pm EST 

How do we teach students to be curious about what they read, ask relevant questions, and think critically?
Answer: Engage them in the stories of people who survived all that history threw at them—stories they can relate to—and teach them how to analyze the photographs and interviews of the people who lived those stories. Join Centropa and the Neuberger for an hour of learning with primary sources that you can bring back directly to your students. 
What is Centropa? Centropa, a Jewish historical institute based in Vienna, interviewed 1,200 elderly Jews living in 15 European countries. We did not use video but rather asked our respondents to tell us their entire life stories spanning the 20th c. as they showed us their old family photographs.
Centropa offers teachers a database of thousands of annotated photos, hundreds of interviews, and scores of award-winning, short multimedia films (none longer than 30 minutes)—ideal for creating virtual or in-class projects that teach digital literacy, promote critical thinking, increase global awareness—all free of charge. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2021 // 7:00 PM

Save the Date: Monday, February 22 at 7:00 pm for a special Yom Hashoah workshop where Jewish educators from across the country will come together to learn how to use Holocaust survivor testimony with a unique opportunity to have your students contribute in the cross-country virtual Yom Hashoah program.  



Teaching and learning about the Holocaust is an essential opportunity to inspire critical thinking, societal awareness, and personal growth. Yet this massive topic can also pose challenges to educators due to its traumatic nature, broad expanse, and intersection with challenging human dynamics including racism and antisemitism.” 
 International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)

Since the late 1990s, IHRA has been working trans-nationally with panels of experts to create standards for teaching the Holocaust. Toronto’s leading Holocaust educators come together for the first time to discuss how rooting their work in the  IHRA recommendations provides meaningful learning opportunities for all students. Join Jody Spiegel from the Azrieli’s Holocaust Survivor Memoir Program and incoming Chair of IHRA’s Education Working Group, Facing History and Ourselves’ Leora Schaefer, and Neuberger’s Dr. Carson Phillips for a special behind-the-scenes “shop-talk”. With an introduction from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jennifer Ciardelli who chaired the IHRA committee that developed the IHRA recommendations. Moderated by Dara Solomon from the Neuberger.

Be sure to register for a free account on the Virtual J in order to view this program.

Join us for our online learning series for educators!

Teaching about the Holocaust is challenging under any circumstances. But now, we recognize it’s even harder for you to rethink how to connect with students remotely. 

The Neuberger is hard at work developing online specialized programs for teachers and students to further their knowledge about the Holocaust. These offerings include Educator PD, and online specialized student programming. 
Your support of online Holocaust education teaching and learning will empower students of today to view this important history through the lens of critical thinking and emphasize how the lessons of the past can encourage a better future. 

Brady Resource Kit Online - Professional Development Opportunities 

Join our education team as we launch the digital version of the Brady Resource Kit. By examining and analyzing archival documents, photographs, and recorded survivor testimony, students learn about the Holocaust through one family’s experiences. Based on the principles of inquiry-based learning, students will discover important historical facts and learn to independently contextualize history.


Special guests taking part in the presentation will include the website developers who will guide us through the process of using the site. We encourage you to preview the site at and come with questions that you’d like to discuss.

Travel Study Tour: POSTPONED

Important Update from the Neuberger: In light of the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community and abroad, UJA is consulting with Toronto Public Health and taking reasonable precautions to protect the health of our community, public, volunteers and staff. This extends to all those involved in our programming and travel tours.

As a result, we have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone the Holocaust Educators’ Study Tour, out of concern for the wellbeing of the participants.Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to running this program in the future. 


The Neuberger's signature Study Tour is a unique educational program that brings teachers, teacher candidates and faculty to sites of Jewish memory in Austria and Poland. It is an intense, rigorous program that combines academic with reflective and experiential modes of learning.

The program is limited to 24 teacher participants and is led by professional Holocaust educators and, where possible, a Holocaust survivor. Past study tours have taken place in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2016. 

By visiting historic sites of destruction (Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek and Mauthausen), of Jewish culture (Lublin Yeshiva) and of rescue participants actively encounter living history. These encounters are supplemented with pedagogical methods and expertise to enable participants to teach about the Holocaust in new and meaningful ways when they return to their classrooms.

The subsidized price is made possible with the generous support of the Bill Glied Memorial Fund and private donors, allowing the Neuberger  to offer scholarships to teachers accepted into this program.



Price includes: 

  • Return airfare from Toronto
  • Lodging based on double occupancy
  • All fees associated with ground costs and program fees

This program is supported in loving memory of Bill Glied, z”l, a Holocaust survivor speaker at the Neuberger dedicated to engaging teachers in Holocaust education.

Wednesday, October 30 / 9:00am – 3:30pm
Lipa Green Centre - Tamari Hall / 4600 Bathurst Street 
Program Cost: FREE ; lunch included, Kashruth observed  
**Spaces reserved for active educators 

The Neuberger's Annual Professional Development Seminar for Educators 

The Neuberger is excited to announce our new educational offerings at our annual PD seminar. For the 2019-2020 school year, the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre introduces new interactive educational resources, in addition to the Brady Resource Kit, which has been nominated for the Public History Award presented annually by Heritage Toronto.

These programs exemplify the Neuberger’s student-centered approach to learning about the Holocaust using a multilayered approach. The Neuberger approach challenges students to become history detectives, discovering for themselves the significance and meaning found in primary source materials such as archival photographs and documents, oral history recordings, and replica artefacts.

In this (full day, seminar, the Neuberger Education Team will take participants on a learning journey to discover for themselves how Holocaust education is preparing for the future.

Also featuring special guest presenter, Dr. Pia Schoelnberger (Federal Chancellery of Austria, Ministry of Arts and Culture), an international expert on Holocaust-era art restitution and memorialization.