5485 Pare Street, Suite 200, Montreal, Quebec H4P 1P7
514-735-1155 ext. 103

The Belfer National Conference for Educators

at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


July 23 – 25, 2018 for English Language Arts teachers

July 26 – 28, 2018 for Social Science/History teachers

Application deadline: March 30, 2018


More than 33 teachers

participated in the past 11 years


Funded by the

Riva and Thomas O. Hecht

Scholarship Program



Teachers and their students

The Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship Program, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators

invites applications for the


at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

English Language Arts Session: July 23-25, 2018  |  Social Studies/History Session: July 26-28, 2018

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The applicant must be a permanent member of the teaching staff at the Lester B. Pearson School Board, the English Montreal School Board, or other educational institutions in Quebec, with a teaching assignment for the current school year at cycle 3 or higher.

New in 2016: Also CEGEP or University faculty are invited to submit applications.

Teachers in the Adult Education Sector and Priority Pool who have full time positions may also be considered.


The Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship Program, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators endeavours to promote Holocaust education to the widest population of educators possible in Quebec.

Quebec is one of the provinces in Canada that does not formally include Holocaust studies in its curricula. The alarming and virulent increase in human rights violations, violence, racism, hatred and anti-Semitism in North America and worldwide underscores the need for major changes in the content of some courses in schools both here and abroad.

Participant's Responsibilities

As part of their responsibility to T.H.E. Program, scholarship winners agree to add value to the teaching profession upon their return from Washington, D.C.:

  • Create at least one teaching unit or module, developed within the context at the Yad Vashem experience, for implementation in the classroom. For teachers in the Public School System, the unit/module must be incorporated into the project-based curriculum of the Quebec Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports. The basis of the unit may be considered for integration into subjects such as ethics, culture, language arts, history, literacy, second language and art-based activities.
  • Hold at least one other activity during the course of the school year. This could be a presentation at a conference, a speaking engagement, participation in a panel discussion, or a development of a contest for children, etc.
  • All materials related to the foregoing should be made available to colleagues in other school boards, CEGEPs, and universities for future use as enriching teaching/learning materials.

Program Outline

The goal of the three-day Conference is to give educators the tools for teaching about the Holocaust in their classrooms. The Conference presents Holocaust education for English Language Arts and Social Studies/History teachers from grade 6 and up.

Belfer National Conference for Educators

This trip forced me to question what it means to be human, to take another look at history and spirituality, and frankly to be a better person
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Kirsten Nielson, 2009
The Holocaust is not just a lesson for Jews as Darfur is not just a problem for African people. We are human beings and must learn to help others
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Evelyn Howard, 2007
I would never have discussed the Holocaust or genocide within my classroom
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Julie Etheridge, 2012