Yad Vashem UK Foundation works to support and publicise the resources of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem UK Foundation raises funds to help the International School for Holocaust Studies, and in particular, the educational seminars that are run in Jerusalem, attended by 300,000 people each year.
Yad Vashem UK Foundation runs an ongoing varied programme of events, to raise funds for Yad Vashem and for its educational work, and to promote Holocaust education in the UK.
Annual Teachers Seminar
20 educators from Jewish schools and organisations attend an annual seminar at Yad Vashem, to give them the tools to teach the Holocaust, from both the Jewish and secular perspective. The week-long seminar has been described as “life-changing”, “thought- provoking” and “enriching”. The aim is to deliver age-appropriate teaching methods that can be used to develop and encourage excellence in the teaching of the Holocaust in the UK.
Learning Resource – the Holocaust and Jewish Identity
Yad Vashem UK sponsored the Holocaust and Jewish Identity Learning Resource, an innovative portable Yad Vashem resource consisting of 10 roll up screens, an educator guide, and a CD, which includes related lesson plans and worksheets for the students. It focuses on Jewish identity before, during and after the Holocaust.
It was produced by top educators at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. The resource comprises 3 sections: Pre-war Jewish life and Identity; Jewish Identity during the Holocaust; and finally Post War Jewish Identity – the pain of liberation and the return to life.
Workshops are organised for Jewish Schools explaining the workings of the Learning Resource for their use around Holocaust Memorial Day and Yom HaShoah.
Yad Vashem UK is committed to promoting Holocaust education to schools and organisations throughout the UK. Exhibitions are actively promoted and made available to rent.
Guardian of the Memory Campaign
Guardian of the Memory is an ongoing campaign, which links individual Guardians to named victims of the Holocaust. Every year, on Yom HaShoah and Holocaust Memorial Day, we remind these Guardians to light a candle in memory of their named victim. Our list of those linking themselves with a victim of the Holocaust grows yearly, and those who have never had their ‘yahrzeit’ commemorated are now remembered. http://guardianofthememory.org/
Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Twinning
As part of the Guardian of the Memory Campaign, we arrange to link a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah to a named victim of the Holocaust, who never had the opportunity to celebrate their own coming of age.
Biennial Gala Dinner
A gala evening, held every other year, to raise funds and inform about our work.