Jewish Hartford – European Roots: Fellowship to Lithuania and Poland

I am incredibly fortunate to have received an educator’s fellowship to attend a tour of Vilna, Bialystok, Warsaw and Krakow this July. Led by Professor Sam Kassow, this is a unique opportunity to learn about prewar Jewish life and life during the Holocaust. Under the guidance of many, the participants of this trip will understand better the context in which Jewish communities were persecuted. As a result of this fellowship, I am so fortunate to build a relationship with the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut to create lesson plans and professional development based on the teachings of this trip.

This fellowship was made possible by the Konover Coppa Fund. I extend my deepest gratitude to Voices of Hope, Jewish Hartford: European Roots, the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, Trinity College, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UCONN for their endless support, encouragement and investment in professional development for educators.


This blog will serve as a place of reflection and reference for the time leading up to and during the trip, as well as upon return. Click on the links below to read individual entries.

My First Concentration Camp – June 28, 2019