About the 2019 Educator's Conference

Teaching Difficult History: How Our Past Informs Our Present

Wednesday, July 31 - Thursday, August 1

Location: Norfolk Academy and the Virginia Holocaust Museum

Keynote speakers

Professor Alan Marcus of the University of Connecticut

Professor Jeremy Stoddard of The College of William and Mary

Dr. Charles Sydnor, Senior Historian, Virginia Holocaust Museum

As in previous years, conferences will provide participants with a unique opportunity and techniques to be a catalyst for change—instilling knowledge, respect, empathy, and accountability in students and the learning environment. 























The Holocaust Commission Educators’ Conferences for elementary, middle, and high school public and private school educators, in addition to all other student advocates, are offered biennially.

Bringing nationally recognized speakers, authors, and human rights experts to the Tidewater area, these conferences equip educators with practical and advanced skills that address challenging contemporary issues. 

Conference topics range from intolerance and prejudice to dealing with social media and cyberbullying. Emphasis is placed on the “SOL Connection,” and those attending receive educational professional development hours. 

Through generous funding from the Sam and Reba Sandler Family Foundation and the hard work of Holocaust Commission volunteers and donors, the conferences are affordable and leave a lasting impact on all participants.

Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education Application Instructions:

The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater wishes to honor teachers in Hampton Roads public or private schools who have demonstrated excellence in Holocaust education. 

-Award recipients will receive a full scholarship, including accommodations, to attend the Teacher Education Institute at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Virginia, or the Belfer Conference at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

-Bus transportation to the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Virginia, is also provided for all recipients and their classes.


If you have had the opportunity to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, we encourage you to apply.

2019 Application and Information

If you have questions, please contact:
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA  23462
Attn:  Holocaust Commission
info@holocaustcommission.org    757-965-6100

See a full list of past winners .