June 27-29, 2006

The East European Experience is the common heritage of millions of Jews. The goal of the Education Program in Yiddish Culture (EPYC) Educators Seminar is to motivate and train a group of energetic teachers, museum educators and professors who will build on the excitement generated by exposure to cultural treasures that are too little known, but are now accessible through YIVO’s EPYC program, including on-line resources available through the Internet.
The three-day seminar brings participants together from across North America to the Center for Jewish History in New York City for a series of lectures by leading scholars who will point out people, events, documents and concepts that can be most effectively used to engage the minds of students and learners in a variety of contexts. Lectures alternate with curricular workshops for practical planning and time for visits to the treasures preserved at the Center for Jewish History. Participants will have time to become acquainted with the YIVO Archives and staff and be able to formulate initial concepts of units suited to their given circumstances, whether in a Jewish or private secondary school, a public high school, a museum, a Jewish community center, or a college.
The YIVO EPYC Educators Seminar is chaired by Prof. Robert M. Shapiro, a specialist in the history of East European Jewry at Brooklyn College. The co-chairs are both experienced educators with expertise in curricular development and pedagogy. Cynthia Peterman is chair of the Jewish History Department of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School outside Washington, DC. Leah Strigler is a doctoral candidate in Education and Jewish Studies at New York University, who has served in a variety of educational and philanthropic settings.
Participants in the EPYC Educators Seminar will be chosen from among educators who work in both formal and informal settings, including schools, museums, colleges, and community centers. Candidates must be nominated by their principals or other chief administrators. Graduate students in Jewish education and Jewish studies are also eligible for nomination for the seminar by their professors. Participants will receive a stipend of $300., as well as transportation, hotel (except New York area residents), meals and materials. They will be eligible for an additional $250. for designing and submitting a plan for teaching about the East European Jewish cultural heritage. The plan, due by September 1, 2006, should represent a project that the participant will implement in his/her work setting during the 2006/7 academic year.
Cynthia Peterman and Leah Strigler will facilitate the seminar’s pedagogical sessions during which participants can begin to draft lesson plans, teaching strategies and units. Peterman and Strigler, as well as Prof. Shapiro, will be available for on-going consultation by seminar alumni via e-mail through the YIVO website until May 15, 2007. By June 1st, 2007, Seminar participants will report to Dr. Shapiro about their experiences teaching about East European Jewish culture, including descriptions of the kinds of materials and methods used, with particular reference to the EPYC materials and EPYC website.
June 27-29, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
8:30-9:00 Breakfast
9-10:30 Lecture and Discussion I
Prof. Michael Stanislawski, Columbia University:
“Key Elements of the East European Jewish Experienceâ€?
10:30-45 Break
10:45-12 Tour of Center for Jewish History, YIVO, Archives
12-1 Lunch
1-2:30 Lecture and Discussion II
Prof. Allan Nadler, Drew University
“The Halakhic Culture of East European Jewry”
2:30-45 Break
2:45-4:15 Lecture and Discussion III
Prof. Zelda K. Newman, Lehman College:
“Bashevis-Singer’s Stories as a Gateway into the Culture of
East European Jews�
4:15-30 Break
4:30-5:30 Curriculum Workshop I: Cynthia Peterman and Leah Strigler
5:30-6:30 Dinner
6:30-8:30 Movie: “Image Before My Eyesâ€?.
Introduction and discussion by Prof. Barbara Kirschenblatt- Gimblett of New York University.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006:
8:30-9 Breakfast
9-10:30 Lecture and Discussion IV
Prof. Cecile Kuznitz, Bard College:
“Yiddishkayt, Modernization and Secularismâ€?
10:30-45 Break
10:45-12:15 Lecture and Discussion V
Zalmen Mlotek, Folksbiene Theater:
“A Musical Tour of East European Jewryâ€?
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Curriculum Workshop II: Leah Strigler
The EPYC Curriculum Manual,
applications in a variety of settings.
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-4 Lecture and Discussion VI
Prof. Samuel Kassow, Trinity College:
“The Holocaust and East European Jewryâ€?
4-4:15 Break
4:15-5:15 Curriculum Workshop III: Cynthia Peterman
EPYC’s On-Line Resources via the Webquest
5:15-6:45 Dinner
7-8:30 “A Musical Tour of the East European Jewish Worldâ€?
Starring Zalmen Mlotek and actors of the Yiddish Stage,
Thursday, June 29, 2006:
8:30-9 Breakfast
9-10:45 Archive, Library and Curriculum Planning Time
· Participants’ Feedback and Questions
· Library and Archives Presentations
· Time to explore
10:45-11 Break
11-12:15 Curriculum Workshop IV: Preliminary Plans and Ideas
Creating practical, usable plans
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Lecture and Discussion VII
Sheva Zucker, NYU/YIVO Weinreich Yiddish Program
and the League for Yiddish:
“Yiddish Today and Tomorrowâ€?
2:45-3 Break
3-3:45 Closing Session of the Seminar:
Summing Up, Looking Back and Forward
· “The History of Eastern European Jewry within the Context of Jewish Education”
· Using the EPYC Educators Listserve

YIVO Education Program in Yiddish Culture (EPYC)
June 27-29, 2006

How to apply:
· Nominations are submitted by school administrators, museum directors, or college department chairs and deans.
· The nominating letters should describe how participation in the YIVO EPYC Educators Seminar on East European Jewish Culture will be of professional value.
· No more than two nominees per school or institution will be considered.
· Nominations will be considered as they are received until all of the available slots have been filled.
· Nominating letters, together with the nominee’s resume or CV, should be submitted by e-mail and by postal mail to the Seminar’s Chairman:

Prof. Robert M. Shapiro
Judaic Studies Department
Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY 11210

This seminar is being sponsored by
the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. – The Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Education and Documentation, the US Department of Education, and YIVO supporters of the Food as Roots Program.