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The Van-Gelder Center for Holocaust Instruction & Research

The Center aims to provide educators with research and practical guidance regarding Holocaust education in Israel and worldwide.

The Center's research agenda includes clarifying the problems of Holocaust education from a historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical perspective.

Research conducted under the auspices of the Center include studies on Holocaust Education and perceptions of citizenship in the world, the socialization and values of minority groups, values education; teachers' professional socialization patterns; perceptions of reconciliation and conflict management.

The Center has also designed a theory revisiting the concepts of Holocaust and Genocide as a vehicle to reexamining anti-Semitism "out of the box", as well as a curriculum on ethics and social justice, gender equality, violence, to be used in high schools.

The Van-Gelder Center organizes international conferences and cooperates with UNESCO Chairs and similar institutions and Centers worldwide.

The Aims of the Center:

1. Theoretical-philosophical research: clarifying the problems and challenges of Holocaust education.

2. Historical-social research: Conflict and conciliation among nations and within societies in exposing the roots of past in order to draw conclusions for reconciliation and co-existence in the present.

3. Applied research: Creating models, evaluating different parameters of anti-Semitism and tolerance worldwide, interreligious, ethnic, political and minorities.

4. Research in the area of "Education for Human Rights and Reconciliation" in Israeli society and worldwide.

Activities of the Van-Gelder Center for Holocaust Instruction and Anti-Semitism

Facilitating exchanges between Israeli and International academics through conferences
Initiating and supporting research
Producing and publishing educational and instructional materials for all education levels.
Establishing cooperation between Israeli and International institutions such as UNESCO and to create programs within the Israeli educational system.
Service to the Community and the Educational System.

Future activities of the Center:

Prof. Gross is invited to lecture at the University of Beijing, The National Institute of Education in Singapore and in the university of Sydney and Melbourne on Holocaust Education.

Research under the auspices of the Center:

Yael Richler Friedman: The influence of teachers sense of efficacy and their pedagogical content knowledge (P.C.K) of primary schools teachers on their pedagogical goals and teaching strategies in teaching controversial issues. The case of Holocaust education in Israel.

Yael Shtauber: Tourist Guidance in Heritage Sites and Institutions Commemorating the Jewish people Holocaust: An exploratory research. (Together with Prof. Poriya from Ben Gurion University)

Sarit Levy: "Hashahar 6" High School Students with Special Needs Journey to Poland.

Prof. Zehavit Gross

Prof. Zehavit Gross is the Chairholder of the UNESCO/Burg Chair in Education for Human Values, Tolerance and Peace and the head of the graduate program of Management and Development in Informal Education Systems in the School of Education, at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Her main area of specialization is values education, citizenship education, human rights education and Holocaust and peace education. Prof Gross is an expert in religious education and interfaith education in Israel and abroad as well as an expert in Comparative Education. She serves as a member of the executive committee of WCCES and as a member to the WCCES UNESCO Liaison Standing Committee. Prof. Gross lectures in universities in Europe, USA and Australia and her research is published in international journals.

Her book As the Witnesses Fall Silent: 21st Century Holocaust Education in Curriculum, Policy and Practice together with E. Doyle Stevick was published by Springer in 2015. In June 2015 this volume was launched by UNESCO in Geneva.

Prof. Gross's research in Israel "Together and Forever" focuses on attitudes of Arab and Jewish students towards Holocaust Education. In 2015, they were invited by the German authorities to a Holocaust commemoration ceremony in Flossenbürg. Flossenbürg is a municipality in the district of Neustadt an der Waldnaab in Bavaria in Germany and borders the Czech Republic in the east. During World War II, the Flossenbürg concentration camp was located here.
Prof. Gross was also asked by IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) in Berlin to make a Meta-Analysis Research of Holocaust Education in Israel for the period between 1944-to date.
A new international project has been initiated and constructed by Prof. Zehavit Gross and her team at Bar-Ilan together with Prof. Silvia Guetta of Florence University UNESCO Chair and her team entitled "The Goals of Holocaust Education in Italy and Israel". This initiative resulted in a signed treaty of research collaboration between the two universities.

memorial service in honor of Prof. Chana Yaoz z"l

institute pablications

"Writers Talk about the Holocaust"

A project unique to the Sal Van Gelder Institute. A series of interviews conducted by Prof. Hanna Yaoz since 2000 with well-known writers and poets, Holocaust survivors and those of the second generation, who read from their works and discuss each one's biographical and historical background.

with the poet
Yaakov Besser

with the poet
Tanya Hadar

Interview with the poet
and writer
Itamar Yaoz-Kest

Prof. Yaoz
Three Generations of Holocaust Poetry