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TCNJ Israel – Winter 2015

January 4-18, 2015

Old City_JELE/ECE/HGS 390  Studying the Holocaust through Art and Children’s Literature

(1 unit, Liberal Learning Elective in Global and Literary, Visual and Performing Arts)

Program Directors:

Dr. Blythe Hinitz, Professor, TCNJ School of Education

Designed for early childhood and elementary education majors, Holocaust and Genocide minors, and others interested in the tour’s focus.  (Please see the program directors if you want to participate, but major in other fields.)  Students from other colleges and universities may also sign up for this program and receive four (4) TCNJ credits to transfer to their home institutions.

No pre-requisites, language requirements or GPA

The itinerary for this program may be found at the bottom of this website.

Ghetto GightersTCNJ Winter Session in Israel, which will take students to Tel Aviv and Jersualem,  has been designed to support the development of pedagogy in pre-Holocaust and Holocaust studies for children in grades kindergarten through eight in the United States.  Through primary sources (artworks and documents), resources available from selected Israeli and U.S. entities and sites, and children’s literature, the tour will provide foundational background on the Holocaust for undergraduate teacher candidates and Holocaust-genocide minors, and [possibly] graduate students. Art is a focus because it is a window into a society, a movement, or an era.  Nonfiction children’s books on the Holocaust provide the uninformed reader (adult or child) a vehicle to learn about this historical tragedy. The three-week study tour presents all participants opportunities to explore, read about, view and discuss how the Holocaust is represented in art and children’s books.  (Please scroll to the end of this page to see the day-to-day itinerary.)

jaffaDuring the program students will:

  • Explore how the confluence of ignorance, hatred, and demonization of different peoples fueled rampant anti-Semitism and led to the deaths of 13,000,000 people, including 6,000,000 Jews.
  • Develop an understanding of the roots and ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping in any  society.
  • Help students to develop an awareness of the value of pluralism and encourages acceptance of diversity in a pluralistic society.
  • Think about the use and abuse of power, and the roles and responsibilities of individuals, organizations, and nations when confronted with civil rights violations and/or policies of genocide.
  • To use photography and primary sources to inform pedagogy and serve as a foundation for insightful and effective curriculum materials, K-8.

reading_lonlonDuring the Fall 2014 semester, students will take an online course from Yad Vashem to prepare for the study tour.

Students will be expected to participate in several pre-departure meetings and/or Skype sessions.

2015 Program Costs:

$TBD for in-state and out-of-state students.  (Airfare will not be included in the program fee charged by TCNJ – this will be arranged separately and payable to TCNJ’s travel provider.)  Students will be responsible for one meal per day – either lunch or dinner, and personal expenses.  All accommodations, two meals per day, land transportation in Israel, and entrances will be covered in the program costs charged by the College.

Tuition and fee charges ($1,631.52 for in-state and out-of-state students in 2013-2014; 2014-2015 rates to be determined in July 2014) would be applied to your account in the regular Winter Session cycle, payable by early January 2015. The $500 fee charged to students upon program acceptance is applied toward the program fee and is not an additional charge. Please contact the CGE for more information.

Withdrawal from Program – There may be financial penalties for students who withdraw from a faculty-led program after acceptance and payment of the $500 confirmation fee. Please review our withdrawal policy and contact the CGE if you have any questions.

For more information, please contact the CGE at

Itinerary (Rough draft – more details will be available over the summer):

Sunday, January 4: Depart US via Newark International Airport [or own choice] to Tel Aviv

Monday, January 5: Getting Started in Tel-Aviv

  • AM Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport
  • Travel to Hostel and check in
  • PM Tour Tel-Aviv
  • EVE Dinner at youth hostel
  • “Meet and greet” [at hostel] and remainder of night free

Tuesday, January 6

  • AM Dana Arieli-Horowitz to discuss artistic images of the holocaust
  • Lunch on own at the Tel-Aviv market
  • PM  Helena Rubinstein exhibition of Art and the Holocaust
  • EVE Dinner at hotel
  • Study tour seminar [after dinner at hotel]

Wednesday, January 7: Institutions of Higher Education

  • AM  Massuah – Institute for Holocaust Studies – visit the site, educational vision, and two active-artistic workshops;
  • PM  Levinsky College of Education in Tel Aviv- celebrating 100 Years of Research, Innovation and Discourse in Education, Teacher Education and Music Education: meeting and discussion with Dr. Miriam Mevorach, President Emeritus; faculty and students.

 Thursday, January 8 

Friday, January 9   Mofet Institute & Levinsky College and Transfer to Jerusalem

  • AM  Mofet Institute
  • Dr. Naomi Jaffe –Ministry of Art & Theatre [retired] – program
  • Lunch
  • Travel to Jerusalem
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • EVE Dinner at Hotel

Saturday January 10: (Shabbat)

  • AM Breakfast
  • Options:  Synagogue services
  • Tour of the Christian Quarter of the Old City
  • Walking tour to Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem’s first neighborhood outside the ramps
  • PM Dinner at Hotel

Sunday January 11: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Dr. Dan Porat, School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Lecture # 2 The Boy
  • Meet with Dr. Ziva Amishai-Maisels, Professor of Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Dinner at hostel
  • EVE  Seminar [at hotel]

Monday, January 12: Yad Vashem

  • AM The educational approach of Yad Vashem, lecture and workshop
  • PM Lunch on own at Yad Vashem Cafeteria
  • Tour Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Memorial
  • Debriefing

Tuesday, January 13: Yad Vashem

Wednesday, January 14:

  • Mount Herzl
  • EVE  Dinner 

Thursday, January 15, Jerusalem

  • AM  Meet with Dr. Rachel Korazim – an Israeli educator and child of Holocaust survivors, who deals with creating and implementing in-service training programs for educators, writing educational materials, counseling and teaching
  • Dr. Dan Porat, School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Lecture # 2 The Boy

Friday, January 16: Hebrew University

  • Meet with Dr. Zvi Bekerman, teaches anthropology of education at the School of Education and The Melton Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • EVE Dinner at Hotel         

Saturday, January 17: Jerusalem

  • AM Breakfast
  • Options:  Synagogue services
  • Sightseeing opportunities
  • PM Dinner at Hotel

Sunday, January 18:

  • Final Thoughts
  • Departure to the USA

The following week – work on class assignments and possibly meet on campus prior to the beginning of the Spring 2015 semester.  (Details TBD – students from other colleges and universities will be connected via video conferencing software.)