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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…)

Teaching Lessons from the Holocaust on Kristallnacht

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Teaching Lessons from the Holocaust on Kristallnacht

Teaching Lessons from the Holocaust on Kristallnacht

By Jan Landau, Co-Founder, Board Member, & Education Team Chair
 
On November 9, 1938, the windows of thousands of Jewish places of business were smashed and over 1,000 synagogues were burned to the ground in Germany and Austria. Many Jews were murdered and others were sent to concentration camps where they had to endure hard labor. It is believed that Kristallnacht, which in German means the night of broken glass, was the beginning of the end of Jewish life in Europe.
 

Teaching About the Holocaust

It was especially significant for The Butterfly Project’s Education Team to be presenting lessons about the Holocaust to a senior class at Patrick Henry High School on November 9, 2017, the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Sonia Fox Ohlbaum, Arlene Keeyes, and I (Jan Landau) shared actual photographs taken before, during, and after the Holocaust. (more…)

Bringing Heart to Indianapolis and the Heartland Film Festival

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Bringing Heart to Indianapolis and the Heartland Film Festival

Bringing Heart to Indianapolis and the Heartland Film Festival

By Joe Fab, director of Paper Clips and co-director of NOT The Last Butterfly
 
I love film festivals. Everybody who knows me knows that. And yet, I had never been to the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis even though it’s been around for 26 years. Thanks to Cheryl Rattner–Price and former San Diegan Craig Prater, that failure has just been rectified. (more…)

A Tale of Two Communities: Long-Lasting Lessons & Permanent Installations

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A Tale of Two Communities: Long-Lasting Lessons & Permanent Installations

A Tale of Two Communities: Long-Lasting Lessons & Permanent Installations

 
In our 11 years of existence, we have watched The Butterfly Project evolve into a grassroots-gone-global project as our butterflies have traveled around the world and back. We have witnessed our butterflies flutter to far-away places like Israel, Poland, Mexico, Uruguay, Czech Republic, Latvia, Peru, and of course many, many cities here in the United States.

Occasionally, a community shows so much passion for our mission that it takes our breath away. When that occurs, it’s important to take the time to celebrate their work… not only to honor their efforts and dedication, but also to showcase to other communities just what is possible! (more…)

Introducing In Our Hands: The Butterfly Project’s New Endeavor

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Introducing In Our Hands: The Butterfly Project’s New Endeavor

Introducing In Our Hands Teacher Training: The Butterfly Project’s New Endeavor

 
Did you know that The Butterfly Project is spreading its wings even wider and embarking on a new endeavor? We are, and we’re so excited to officially announce it! Called In Our Hands Teacher Training, our brand new ½ day teacher-training program represents a significant step for The Butterfly Project. (more…)

A Wake-Up Call From Charlottesville

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A Wake-Up Call From Charlottesville

A Wake-Up Call From Charlottesville

By Joe Fab, director of Paper Clips and co-director of NOT The Last Butterfly
 
Can it be only nine months ago that we were celebrating our just-completed screening of NOT The Last Butterfly at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville? Can it be only nine months ago that Cheryl and I, along with composer Charlie Barnett, basked in the warmth of an attentive movie audience, the friendly gathering of locals to paint butterflies, the autumn serenity of one of my favorite cities?
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Paper Clips & Butterflies: The Opportunity to Influence the Future

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Paper Clips & Butterflies: The Opportunity to Influence the Future

A special story showing Paper Clips and The Butterfly Project coming full circle…

By Joe Fab, director of Paper Clips
 
Indulge me for a moment if you will, Dear Reader…
 
Recently I found myself going through a big box of notes from students at schools where I’ve shared my film Paper Clips and spoken to classes over the years. Here are a few samples:

“Dear Mr. Fab… your movie really inspired me not to judge anyone.”
 

“…every time I see a paper clip, I will remember the Holocaust.”
 

“…the movie shows how much people really do care for other religions.”
 

“…one thing I learned is that I should start something because all of us can make a difference.”
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