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Survivor Mural at Jewish Family Service of San Diego

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Since 1945, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been and continues to be a vital support system for Holocaust survivors in San Diego. After more than 4 years of careful planning, The Butterfly Project and Jewish Family Service are thrilled to reveal the Remembrance and Hope mural, an installation showing San Diego Holocaust survivors’ stories through symbolism, artifacts, photos, butterflies, reflection space, digital components and more. This installation was created by Cheryl Rattner Price, Executive Director of The Butterfly Project, who felt deeply honored for the opportunity to represent our local Holocaust survivors in this way. It is a chance for community members and leadership to commit more than ever to educating and empowering young people to stand up to injustice and create a more peaceful world. Thank you to JFS’s Susan Cohn, Sol Kempinski, and Michael Hopkins, an artist’s dream team who made this a priority in our community. So proud of our Jewish Family Service of San Diego for all they do. Thank you to everyone who came and wanted to come, we will make future mini tours together! Please email us if you would like a tour to see the mural. (more…)

Holocaust Memorial at Congregation Beth El

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Holocaust Memorial at Congregation Beth El

Statement from Sonia Ancoli Israel, Past President of Congregation Beth El

Sonia Ancoli Israel Past President Congregation Beth El and Holocaust Memorial Committee Leader for San Diego’s Community Shoah Memorial at JCC and now 20 years later the Memorial at CBE.

Holocaust Survivors. This title, these words, heard and read over the last 70 years, is taking on new meaning today, as these heroes are dying, as their chance to tell their stories and to insure that we do remember, is getting more and more rare. Now it is up to us, Second generation, Third generation, Fourth, and now even Fifth generation.  Now it is up to all of us. And so, seven years ago, when I took over as President of Beth El, I became devoted to building a Holocaust memorial on our campus – a memorial to all those who were lost. I wanted recognition of the horror of the past, combined with a promise of a decent and fair and humane future for us, always. (more…)

Connecting USA & Germany

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Connecting USA & Germany

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Installation at Bewegte Grundschule, a primary school in Cottbus, Germany.

 
 

A Need for More Holocaust Education

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A Need for More Holocaust Education

A Need for More Holocaust Education

By Cheryl Rattner Price, Executive Director & Co-Founder

It cannot be stressed enough how important the lessons of the Holocaust are to the future of humanity. For the past six to seven generations, the Holocaust has been taught in classrooms around the country and across the globe to ensure that the world never forgets the atrocities that occurred. And yet, as time goes by and we become more removed from the history, the lessons from the Holocaust don’t seem to be the educational priority they once were. (more…)

Commemoration as a Tool for Remembrance and Education

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Commemoration as a Tool for Remembrance and Education

Commemoration as a Tool for Remembrance and Education

By Cheryl Rattner Price, Executive Director & Co-Founder

The last few months have manifested an epic level of productivity for The Butterfly Project. Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha Shoah in Hebrew), which occured this year in April, has been a driving force in the activities over the past few months, and The Butterfly Project was involved in commemoration ceremonies all across the country. Our film NOT The Last Butterfly was often included in the events to raise awareness of the dangers of hatred and bigotry in the world.
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A New Program Takes Flight at The Butterfly Project!

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A New Program Takes Flight at The Butterfly Project!

A New Program Takes Flight at The Butterfly Project!

By Cheryl Rattner Price, Executive Director & Co-Founder
 
In 2006, Jan Landau and I started Zikaron V’Tikvah (Hebrew for Remembrance & Hope), which is now called The Butterfly Project. It began with the idea to take Holocaust education out of the history books and provide a way for students to process these difficult stories through the use of expressive arts.

Almost 12 years later, our educational and arts programming has reached approximately 188,000 participants in over 180 schools and universities, 75 Jewish organizations (including synagogues and JCCs), 4 U.S.-based Holocaust Museums, and 2 Presidential Libraries, and has engaged schools and communities in over 20 states and 11 countries (including Poland, Latvia, Canada, Australia, Czech Republic, Uruguay, and Mexico). Our marvelous Education Team reached over 2,000 local students in 2017 alone! (more…)

Butterflies Fly to Cape Cod!

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Butterflies Fly to Cape Cod!

Butterflies Fly to Cape Cod!

By guest author Daniella Garran, Educator at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School
 
I returned from NCSS in November after several days of hearing wonderful presentations from educators across the country, but what struck me most was something in the exhibit hall: The Butterfly Project. As soon as I realized what it was, I knew I had to bring it to my school. I painted my own butterfly and packed it safely in my suitcase. When I arrived at school the following Monday, I walked in to my principal’s office and said, “We are doing this. You can’t say no.”
 

Students’ First Lessons on the Holocaust

I’m fortunate to teach in a charter school where we are encouraged to teach our passions and interests. I am blessed to be able to sneak a Holocaust unit into my ancient civilizations curriculum with the endorsement and encouragement of my administration. In Massachusetts, students don’t formally learn about the Holocaust until well into high school. However, in my opinion that is entirely too late to learn the lessons of the Shoah. (more…)

Observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day Every Day

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Observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day Every Day

Observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day Every Day

By Joe Fab, director of Paper Clips and co-director of NOT The Last Butterfly
 

After I made Paper Clips, it seemed like everywhere I went people would ask me, “Are you Jewish?

I borrowed the reply that I’d been told Charlie Chaplin gave to that question: “I do not have that honor.” I’m certainly not likening myself in any other way to the master filmmaker, but I find myself thinking now, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, about the responsibility all of us have – Jews and non-Jews alike. We have a great responsibility to keep alive the stories of Holocaust survivors, those great and precious souls whom the passage of time is taking from us.
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¡Viva México! Kadimatón and The Butterfly Project

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¡Viva México! Kadimatón and The Butterfly Project

¡Viva México! Kadimatón and The Butterfly Project

By Rebeca Besquin, member of The Butterfly Project’s Board of Directors
 

Every November, Kadimatón, a fundraiser for Kadima (an organization for people with special needs and/or handicapped) takes place at all schools within the Jewish community in Mexico City, to educate thousands of students about disabilities and diversity. Rebeca Besquin has been committed to expanding The Butterfly Project to Mexico for at least 10 years.

In November 2017, The Butterfly Project paired with Kadima to help make an impression on these students by teaching them about the Holocaust; the 1,500,000 children who perished and the dangers of hatred. The impact we made will be reflected throughout future installations of the 6,000 ceramic butterflies painted by Kadima in diverse Mexican institutions. (more…)

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