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Youth Jewish Community Education Antisemitism Civic Participation

Informing and Engaging Youth to Combat Antisemitism

Facing History and Ourselves is pleased to request funding for a powerful educational initiative benefiting the Jewish community by impacting youth in the Greater Toronto Area. Through this initiative Facing History will help young students recognize and combat antisemitism by training those who work with them every day: their teachers. This grant will support the attendance of 170 educators at a seminar or workshop where they will be trained to use the lessons of the Holocaust to boldly teach students the dangers inherent in racism, prejudice, and most importantly, antisemitism. Facing History will facilitate two seminars and four workshops that will provide teachers with high-quality resources using a variety of primary sources, scholarly commentary, related texts, and new media tools. Following the sessions, educators will receive ongoing support services including consultations for lesson planning and school visits for observation of the implementation of this program, as well as access to our extensive collection of free online and print resources. In addition, in the first year of the program, the topic of the history of antisemitism will be brought to the greater community through a public event. A grant from UJA Federation’s SixPoints Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund will enable Facing History to provide Greater Toronto Area youth with the tools they need to create an environment that is intolerant of antisemitism and racism- where students recognize acts of antisemitism and respond appropriately.