It is the second and final day of the ESJF’s teacher training seminar in Kaunas, Lithuania: “Teaching Jewish heritage in your class. Using Jewish cemeteries in education”. The seminar, run in partnership with Centropa, has brought educators from across Lithuania together to learn about teaching Jewish heritage in a meaningful, engaging way.
Yesterday, attendees took part in a workshop on Jewish headstones and epitaphs, led by Lara Lempertiene of the Judaic Department of the Lithuanian National Library. They also watched screenings of documentaries by the ESJF and Centropa and received a lecture on the Jewish heritage of Lithuania and the Kaunas region from Asia Gutermanaitė, who then led a walking tour of Jewish Kaunas.
Today, activities continued with an early morning visit to the Kaunas Jewish cemetery, followed by a tour of the Kaunas choral synagogue, led by Mauša Bairakas. After lunch, the attendees came together in groups to present school projects on Jewish heritage they had developed for their students and attended a workshop on educational scriptwriting and filmmaking from Centropa. Now that they have received their certificates, these teachers are ready to bring what they learned about Jewish heritage education to their own classrooms.