The Face to Face Holocaust education program at Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood will welcome its 50,000th student on Oct. 31 when students from Lee Burneson Middle School in Westlake attend this educational experience. The program began in 1994.
Face to Face provides middle and high students an opportunity to learn about Judaism and the Holocaust and to come “face-to-face” with a Holocaust survivor. Students are encouraged to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to their corner of the world. About 3,000 students, from throughout Northeast Ohio, attend the program each year.
At Face to Face, students meet with a rabbi or Jewish educator, learn about the Holocaust from a slide presentation, talk with volunteer docents, explore the Face to Face museum, hear firsthand survivor testimony and more during the three-hour program.
For many students, this is their first experience learning about Judaism in a synagogue s setting, enabling them to place their Holocaust learning in the context of human beings leading Jewish lives. As students learn about the circumstances leading up to the Holocaust, they explore the consequences of prejudice, hate and apathy. They are then able to link those consequences to their school environments.
For more information about the program, visit shaareytikvah.org/face-to-face. To schedule a school group for a field trip, contact Face to Face director Louise Freilich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-765-8300, ext. 140.