Forum will consider slavery and the Holocaust
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Forum will consider slavery and the Holocaust

Thursday evening Zoom session features public and yeshiva high school students

Dr. Dennis Klein, left, Candace Pinn, Dr. Jack Tchen, and Tikvah Weiner
Dr. Dennis Klein, left, Candace Pinn, Dr. Jack Tchen, and Tikvah Weiner

The Enslaved African Memorial Committee and the Northern New Jersey Holocaust Memorial and Education Committee will join on Thursday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m., for a two-part online forum. Bergen County public and yeshiva high school students will discuss the distinct histories and commonalities of chattel slavery and the Holocaust.

The panel will be moderated by a distinguished group of educators, including Dr. Dennis Klein, a professor and the director of Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Kean University; Dr. Jack Tchen, Clement A. Price Professor of Public History and Humanities at Rutgers University; Candace Pinn, president of the Westchester Alliance of Black School Educators; Tikvah Wiener, the Idea School’s head of school; and Zainabu Conteh, a teacher at Teaneck’s Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

The project will illuminate the intergenerational struggle against racism and xenophobia, while inspiring a collective responsibility to act. It’s the first in a series of programs co-sponsored by the Enslaved African Memorial Committee and the Northern New Jersey Holocaust Memorial & Education Center. Both groups plan to create memorials on the Teaneck Municipal Green to educate the community on the histories and lessons to be learned from these tragedies.

Go to nnjholocaustmemorial.org and eamc.org.

The program is made possible by a grant from the Puffin Foundation.

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