Wednesday, July 24  ⚬ Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM




Salem Middle School
2380 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Virginia Beach
8:30 am to 3:00 pm




Bus trip from Virginia Beach to Richmond
7:30 am to 5:00 pm, approximately




A History of the 16th Biennial Educators’ Conference 

The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater began hosting its educators' conferences in 1996 to serve the needs of teachers, counselors, and education advocates in the Hampton Roads community.  


Commitment to Educators 

The Holocaust Commission and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater are committed to providing relevant and applicable tools and resources for teachers and school staff during the 2024-2025 school year and beyond. The seminars will provide critical resources for teaching weighty subjects accurately while nurturing empathy and understanding. 


Conference Goals 

  • Provide educators with invaluable tools for addressing antisemitism, bigotry, and prejudice in and out of the classroom.
  • Empower teachers to understand and define antisemitism.   
  • Learn to build a classroom environment of respect and open dialogue for all students.  
  • Explore the newly renovated Virginia Holocaust Museum and the opportunities it provides to educators and students throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  


Why attend the 16th Biennial Educators’ Conference? 

The Holocaust stands as a tragic example of the consequences of hatred left unchecked. By deepening one's knowledge, conference attendees can inspire the next generation to reject bigotry, antisemitism, and prejudice in all forms, and become upstanders. 


Major Themes and Topics 

  • Educators have a profound responsibility to teach difficult topics like the Holocaust with sensitivity, accuracy, and impact. 
  • The value of oral histories and first-person narratives. 
  • Exploring modern manifestations of antisemitism and the importance of combatting bigotry.  
  • Setting positive expectations for the classroom and school community. 
  • Docent-led tour of the newly renovated Virginia Holocaust Museum
  • Review the Stars Among Us lesson plans
  • and more 


Cost + Benefits

  • $90,  $60 if registered by 6/30
  • $9 special price for pre-service teachers
  • 15 Continuing Education hours
  • Books and resources for classrooms
  • Bus trip to Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond 
  • Breakfast and Lunch on day 1
  • Lunch on day 2


For More Information

Please contact Elka Mednick, Director of the Holocaust Commission at 757-965-6100 or