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Teachers’ Workshop Will Focus on Return to Life after the Holocaust

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 10, 2015

MAHWAH, NJ – The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will be hosting an Echoes and Reflections training program for middle and high school teachers in cooperation with the Anti-Defamation League and the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education. The workshop will be held at the Ramapo College Trustees Pavilion (PAV1&2) on May 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

“We chose Echoes and Reflections because it prepares teachers to teach the complex history of the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement, critical thinking and personal understanding among students,” said Dr. Michael A. Riff, the director of the Gross Center.

“The fact is that students face a complex world and struggle with issues such as exclusion, prejudice, and intolerance just to name a few,” Riff said. “We believe Echoes and Reflections offers a flexible, well-developed, interactive program that enables teachers to help their students see their worlds through the lens of history.”

Teachers attending the program will receive professional development training, a Teacher’s Resource Guide, access to an extensive array of visual history testimonies, and extensive use of supplementary multimedia resources and supportive tools from the expansive Echoes and Reflections website.

Focusing on the postwar “return to life,” the day’s program will examine the political, legal, social and emotional status of the Jewish survivors through primary sources and visual history testimony from Holocaust survivors and liberators. Included will be an interactive session with a Holocaust survivor who will provide a first-hand account of her life after liberation.

Educators wishing to attend the workshop may register online at:

For further information, please contact Dr. Michael A. Riff at or 201.684.7409. You may also go to

Echoes and Reflections is a joint program of the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem.



About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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