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The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Summer Program

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous provides financial support to more than 750 non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and preserves their legacy through a national education program.

Cohen Center Fellow Marjorie Margolis with JFR colleagues in a study tour of Europe
Cohen Center Fellow Marjorie Margolis with JFR colleagues in a study tour of Europe

In order to have an impact on Holocaust education on a national scale, the JFR established the Holocaust Centers of Excellence Program in the spring of 2000. Through the program, the JFR has formed partnerships with selected Holocaust centers across the country, and in so doing, has invested in the disparate communities in which the centers are located. There are currently fifteen participating centers.

The Holocaust Centers of Excellence Program is a partnership between the JFR and the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In agreeing to participate in the program, the Cohen Center receives two initial scholarships for the Summer Institute for Teachers and commits to nominating two educators each year thereafter. Additionally, each center agrees to sponsor Holocaust teacher education programs that draw on JFR materials and training models. The centers make a commitment to teach the Holocaust in as comprehensive a manner as possible and to include the subject of rescue. Teachers who attend JFR programs - known as Alfred Lerner Fellows - form a cadre of educators for each local center as well as for the JFR.

The Cohen Center subsidizes participants with half tuition.


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Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Keene State College

229 Main Street

Keene, NH 03435-3201
603-358-2490