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January 29, 2020: 7:00pm – Behind the Book: A Visiting Author Series

Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom is a testament to the way Wiesel shaped the thoughts and principles of a generation. This immensely hopeful book grants insights into the influences behind Wiesel’s own beliefs. Burger entreats readers to remember that Wiesel sought to spur people to act; that it is not enough to just be mindful of the existence of good and evil.

About the author: Ariel Burger is a writer, teacher, and rabbi whose work combines spirituality, creativity, and strategies for social change. A lifelong student of Elie Wiesel, Burger now applies those teachings to urgent contemporary questions. When not learning or teaching, he enjoys creating music, art, and poetry. He and his family live outside of Boston.

Sponsored by URI HIllel and the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island this event is free and open to the public and is happening at The Higgins Welcome Center at URI, 45 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI. For more information, contact Amy Olson at amyolson@uri.edu or Lisa Maybruch at lmaybruch@jewishalliance.org. To RSVP, please visit jewishalliance.org/burger


The Doctors of Music – Sunday, March 22, 2020; 2:00pm; Dwares JCC, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Prov, RI – Fishel Bresler & Phil Edmonds perform originals and traditional Irish and Jewish melodies interposed with comedy. They are known for their passionate yet sensitive playing. As Fishel says, “This is inspirational music – you have to play it from your kishkes (innards) and from your heart.” The pair nonetheless make humor and high spirits an integral part of every presentation, and draw in audiences of all types and ages.

Tickets: $18, Seniors $15, Children under 12 free, $20 at the door. Ticketing link will be available soon.


Navigating the New Holocaust & Genocide Education Bill: Bringing History, Awareness & Understanding into the Classroom – Thursday, August 20, 2020 – 8:00am to 3:00pm

In June 2016, Governor Raimondo signed a historic & significant piece of legislation into law requiring Holocaust and Genocide Education in Rhode Island’s middle & high schools. Since the bill became law in September of 2017, 3 organizations – the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center, the Genocide Education Project, & the Rhode Island Holocaust and Genocide Education Coalition – have been working tirelessly to create curriculum which is now available on RIDE’s website and reach out to administrators across the state to advocate for this necessary education.

This coming August 20, 2020, at Rhode Island College from 8 AM to 3 PM, through a collaborative effort by all three organizations, we are presenting our first professional development conference on Holocaust & Genocide education. The workshops will cover all areas of modern genocides, including the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, & the Cambodian Genocide among others. We ask educators across the state to SAVE THE DATE and will send out further information as it becomes available.

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS – If you are a Holocaust/Genocide educator and would like to submit a proposal for a workshop, please contact Paula Olivieri at ​paula@bornsteinholocaustcenter.org​. Guidelines for proposals will also be forthcoming. The deadline for workshop proposal submission will be February 15th.


Our programs are free and open to the public except as otherwise noted.

For more information call the Center at 401.453.7860.





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