Monday, November 10, 2008

Holocaust Experience Meeting

Here at the Walder Education Pavilion of Torah Umesorah, we have received a tremendous number of requests from educators for a comprehensive Holocaust curriculum appropriate for the elementary grades. A true trailblazer, Mrs. Rouhama Garelick, Director of the Walder Education Pavilion of Torah Umesorah, is breaking new ground with the creation of a Children's Holocaust Museum and Curricular Library. Through the farsighted vision and generosity of Mr. Allan Dworkin, The Pavilion has been given the resources to take on this noble mission.

On Wednesday, November 5th, a committee of experts, led by Mrs. Garelick, gathered to share their vast knowledge and experience for the creation of the Dworkin Holocaust Experience at the Pavilion. Mr. Sam Harris, President of the Skokie Holocaust Museum, Mrs. Ruti Lichtenstein, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hamodia and Binah Magazine, and Rabbi Shalom Friedman, Director of the Torah Umesorah Holocaust Curriculum, are experts in the field of Holocaust studies and are part of an advisory committee to support the larger committee. Together they will collaborate on the two departments of the Holocaust project. The first department is the Museum Experience, whose goal is to make sure that the information within is accurate and psychologically safe for children. The second department is focused on creating Holocaust curriculum in a box for teachers across all grade levels to bring into their classrooms. Teachers will also be given the opportunity to bring their students to the Holocaust Experience and make studying the Holocaust even more meaningful to their students. We will keep you posted with more news as this project grows.
Other members of the Committee include:
Dr. Walder, Founder and CEO of IDT
Tony Cannon, Physical Project Manager
C.J. Kramer, President of Kol Ram and Project Leader
Phran Edelman, Creative Director of Project
Rabbi Mordechai Raizman, Executive Director of Foundation for Learning and Development

Our New Look

The Walder Education Pavilion of Torah Umesorah has undergone a face-lift. The front entryway is now decorated with stunning bulletin boards designed by Chumie Ray and Tova Miriam Puchovitz. Look no further than the entryway to locate the latest fliers, calendars, and goodies. Each of the trays in front of Esther Merzel’s desk is labeled for your convenience to find the forms you need. Wander into the computer lab and you will see easy to follow directions for saving your work on the computers, as well as for reserving a graphic artist. Head into the hands-on room and browse through the latest machinery in the Machine Center that we have put out for your use with clear directions. Our staff has worked hard to make the Walder Education Pavilion of Torah Umesorah a place where teachers have everything they need at their fingertips. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Die-Cut Donation

Batyah Cohen has graciously donated several amazing die-cuts to enhance our collection. They are: Beehive, Bird, Milk/Juice Carton, Crown, Dairy Group, Meat Group, NO Sign, Bread, Challah, Candlestick & Candle, Yarmulke, Tablets of Stone (Luchos/10 Commandments), Megillah, Seder Plate, and Bee. She has given them in the memory of her grandmother, Tziporah Faigah Bat Leah, who was a master teacher herself and impacted so many lives. We know she will continue to do so through her granddaughter’s generous donation. Thank you, Batyah, these die-cuts will help many teachers enhance their classrooms.

Parsha Worksheets

We have received many calls and emails
about our new Parsha Hashavua Curricula, our latest contribution to In either black and white or colored formats, they are an excellent way to enhance your Parsha instruction and excite your students. You can access the latest sheets by clicking the “Brand New” box on the right side of the page or the Parshas Hashavua Curricula link at the top of the page. You can click on the link below to take you directly to the Parshas Hashavua Curricula Page. If you have specific questions about the Parsha sheets, feel free to call and ask to speak to Lebee.

Calendar Signs for the Months of the Year (Hebrew/English)

Tova Miriam Puchovitz has finished designing Hebrew/English Month signs guaranteed to brighten any classroom*. Add them to your monthly calendar or decorate your classroom with them. Either way, your students will love these gorgeous signs. Check out the pictures above for this month’s sign. Make sure to stop by before November/Cheshvan ends!

4.25x11: 50¢ per copy
Packet of 12: $5

8.25x11: $1 per copy
Packet of 12: $10
*Colors may look different on your computer. Come into the Pavilion to see the real thing!

Candle Making Workshop

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