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‎13 Adar I 5784 | ‎21/02/2024

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Jewish Partisans (III):  The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation

Jewish Partisans (III):  The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation


ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question:  In what country outside the United States has JPEF done teacher training?

There is a common myth that during the Holocaust Jews passively went to the slaughter like sheep.  Most people have never heard of the 20,000-30,000 Jews who fought back against the Nazis as Jewish partisans. The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF) develops and distributes educational materials about the Jewish partisans and their life lessons, bringing the celebration of heroic resistance against tyranny into educational and cultural organizations.

JPEF has produced a comprehensive and thought-provoking curriculum called RESIST, designed to transmit the enduring understandings arising from the stories of the Jewish partisans. With layers of interactivity unprecedented in almost any curriculum, RESIST is designed for 6th – 12th grade students in formal and informal settings and is implemented in Jewish and secular schools worldwide.

Sheri Pearl Rosenblum is JPEF’s Director of Development and Outreach.  In this program she tells us about the organization and the work they are doing to bring the inspiring Jewish partisan legacy to young people.

This is the third in a three-part series about the Jewish partisans who fought against the Nazis in World War II. In our first program Sheri spoke with us about the partisans who fought in Eastern Europe, and last week she told us about Sephardic and women partisans.