South Carolina Council on the Holocaust

“The work that the SC Council on the Holocaust does is so important for our students in South Carolina. Having a chance to discuss and reflect on the past gives students the tools to be better citizens for our future.”

--Molly Spearman, State Superintendent of Education

JFR Centers of Excellence

In order to have an impact on Holocaust education on a national scale, the JFR established the Holocaust Centers of Excellence Program in the spring of 2000. Through the program, the JFR has formed partnerships with selected Holocaust centers across the country, and in so doing, has invested in the disparate communities in which the centers are located. There are currently thirteen participating centers. They are listed below. Pictured here are several of the center directors at the 2004 annual conference of the Association of Holocaust Organizations.

The Holocaust Centers of Excellence Program is a partnership between the JFR and the participating Holocaust center. In agreeing to participate in the program, each center receives two initial scholarships for the Summer Institute for Teachers and commits to nominating two educators each year thereafter. Additionally, each center agrees to sponsor Holocaust teacher education programs that draw on JFR materials and training models. The centers make a commitment to teach the Holocaust in as comprehensive a manner as possible and to include the subject of rescue. Teachers who attend JFR programs - known as Alfred Lerner Fellows - form a cadre of educators for each local center as well as for the JFR.

The publication by JFR Voices and Views and the poster series on Rescue are currently being used by several schools in SC. For more info contact Emily Taylor (etaylor@lexington4.net).


The JFR Summer Institute for Teachers examines the Holocaust from the precedents found in the history of antisemitism, to the rise of the Nazi party, the machinery of death, rescue, through to the aftermath of the Holocaust.  The first Summer Institute for Teachers was held at Clark University in June 2000. Since June 2001, the Institute has been held at Columbia University in New York City during the last week in June. The program is a high-level, intensive academic seminar in which participants are exposed to Holocaust survivors such as Roman Kent and to noted Holocaust scholars including, Volker Berghahn, Debórah Dwork, Henry Feingold, Jeffrey Burds, Peter Hayes, Samuel Kassow, Harry Reicher, Nechama Tec, and Robert Jan van Pelt. The Institute is designed to allow participants to meet in small groups following each lecture. These small groups enable participants to share teaching concepts and to develop approaches to introducing the subject matter to their students. 

All participants selected to attend the JFR Summer Institute for Teachers are known as Alfred Lerner Fellows and must be nominated by one of the centers in our Holocaust Centers of Excellence Program.  In order to participate in other JFR educational programs, a teacher must be an Alfred Lerner Fellow and have remained involved with their local Holocaust center. While there is a participant fee, the JFR provides each Lerner Fellow with a significant scholarship to attend the Summer Institute for Teachers. The program is a residential program – all participants stay on the Columbia University campus.  Participants are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the program.

The JFR Summer Insitute for Teachers provides the foundation for other JFR education programs, such as the Advanced Seminar and European Study Program in Germany and Poland, which delve deeply into aspects of the Holocaust not covered by other Holocaust education programs.

For more information of for an application, please contact Emily Taylor (etaylor@lexington4.net).

Visit the JFR Centers of Excellence website - CLICK HERE

Congratulations 2016 Attendees

Congratulations to Donna Martin and Jennifer Myers for becoming Alfred Lerner Fellows after attending the Jewish Foundation of the Righteous Summer Institute.