The American Society for Yad Vashem Education Department sponsors seminars and conferences to equip educators with the resources needed to teach the Holocaust. Our aim is to provide educators with a better understanding of how to transmit the lessons of the Holocaust to present and future generations. We offer assistance in coordinating commemorative programs and professional development workshops on the Holocaust for educators. We offer numerous traveling exhibitions, which have been produced in collaboration with Yad Vashem and which have been showcased in the United Nations as well as in museums, universities and public institutions nationwide.


Barbara Gutfreund Arfa Conference

Our annual Professional Development Conference in New York City is sponsored by the Barbara Gutfreund Arfa Endowment Fund for Holocaust Education with the co-sponsorship of the Association of Teachers of Social Studies of the United Federation of Teachers and the Manhattanville College School of Education.  We update educators on the latest trends and techniques for Holocaust education using resources developed by the International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem. In 2015, the American Society for Yad Vashem was awarded the Association of Teachers for Social Studies/United Federation Teachers President’s Award for its work in raising awareness and promoting Holocaust education awareness nationwide.

This year’s Barbara Gutfreund Arfa Conference is March 19th, 2017 in Manhattan. Registration is now open. Click here to learn more

Education Outreach in the Tri-State Area

Our annual Education Conference in New Jersey is co-sponsored with the New Jersey Commission on the Holocaust and the Holocaust and Genocide Education Center of the College of St. Elizabeth. This statewide conference is  open to educators to provide enrichment and support to their existing lesson plans and curricula on the Holocaust.

Through the work of our Director of Education, Marlene W. Yahalom, PhD., we offer:

  • Regional Professional Development Conferences for Educators in the Tri-State area
  • On-Site Professional Development Workshops
  • Pages of Testimony Workshops
  • Traveling Exhibitions
  • Curriculum Units on the Holocaust
  • Holocaust Remembrance and Commemoration Programs
  • Young Leadership Associates (YLA) Winter Gala
  • Speaker and Community Events
  • Collaborative events with Yad Vashem Jerusalem
  • Co-Sponsorships with National and International Holocaust Education Organizations



Echoes and Reflections

Echoes and Reflections is a professional development program that helps educators around the United States deliver accurate and authentic Holocaust education to today’s students. Using mediums such as art, poetry and memoirs, teachers help students gain an understanding of the human story of the holocaust. Echoes and Reflection focuses on stories of the individual during the holocaust well as beacons of light that shine through darkness.

In the 10 years since the program has been in place:

  • 2 million students have been impacted
  • More than 30,000 educators and leaders engaged
  • 99% of participating teachers would recommend it to other educators
  • More than 10,000 schools reached

Every state in the United States has been impacted by Echoes and Reflections. In the tri-state area alone, over 1,400 schools have had educators incorporate Echoes and Reflections into their curricula. More than 25% of private religious schools in Nebraska and Delaware have incorporated the program, and 40-50% of all public schools in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

For more information on Echoes and Reflections: contact






For more information:

Marlene W. Yahalom, PhD
Director of Education

(212) 220-4304