Partnership in the construction of The New International Seminars Wing of the International School for Holocaust Studies

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Established in 1993, The International School for Holocaust Studies develops and implements educational activities for different target populations and educational frameworks in Israel and abroad. It moved into purpose built premises in 1999 to accommodate the growing demand for its programs for students and educators. Over one hundred staff members work together with thousands of teachers to create programs and tools that will promote an understanding of the Holocaust’s dimensions, events and messages. Our interdisciplinary approach to Holocaust education allows educators and students to gain a broader understanding of what happened during this period. This educational philosophy has been developed over the past decade using the pedagogical and historical skills of the Yad Vashem team.

The School is one of the most important features of the Yad Vashem campus and is unique to our institution. Its programs strengthen the Jewish identity of young students, increase the commitment of Jewish and non-Jewish educator to Holocaust commemoration, and engender an inculcation of moral values. The activities of the International School in recent years have increased above and beyond even the most optimistic of projections, to a level where the current facilities are simply restricting the quantity and quality of new programming offered. This rate of growth has not only resulted in a lack of space and facilities for implementation of programs, but also in other areas, namely staff space, storage space, and other areas.

In order to facilitate the current rate of growth, and to provide for the School’s changing needs, Yad Vashem has begun construction of a new wing of the International School for Holocaust Studies. The New International Seminars Wing (artistic rendering pictured above) will add approximately 5,000m2 of space (gross) to the International School for Holocaust Studies and will include the following new rooms and facilities:

The cost of the New International Seminars Wing project is $13,000,000. Yad Vashem is therefore seeking partners to join us on this mission to extend the International School for Holocaust Studies.

Recognition to partners will be displayed prominently within the New Wing.