Education Team


Jan Landau,
Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors, & Education Team Chair

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 2.25.01 PMJan Landau has over 30 years experience as an elementary school teacher and administrator. While working at San Diego Jewish Academy as Director of Family and Special Programs, she was looking for a way to bring Holocaust remembrance to the school in an age-appropriate way. Inspired by the documentary “Paper Clips” and the poem, “The Butterfly,” written by Pavel Friedmann, a child in a concentration camp, Jan chose the butterfly, a beautiful symbol of hope and freedom, for children to make to memorialize the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. She enlisted the talents of SDJA parent/artist, Cheryl Rattner Price, and together with other parent volunteers, created The Butterfly Project – originally known as Zikaron V’ Tikvah (Remembrance and Hope). Read more about Jan Landau
 

Sonia Fox-Ohlbaum,
Second Generation & Education Team Member

Sonia is a retired elementary school teacher who taught in the Santee School District in San Diego County and was voted Teacher of the Year during her tenure.
I became involved with The Butterfly Project as a way to keep the survivors’ stories alive. I was once told by a survivor, “You weren’t there and should not speak for us!” As a daughter of Holocaust survivors and an educator, The Butterfly Project has given me a way to be part of the Holocaust experience. My parents are no longer here to tell their story and now I am their voice. I feel that it is my tribute to them that I carry on their stories, least they perish too! I am invited into classrooms all over San Diego County because of The Butterfly Project. As educators, we can reach out to younger children and lay the foundation for this piece of history. Read more about Sonia Fox-Ohlbaum
 

Arlene Keeyes,
Second Generation & Education Team Member

ARLENE Arlene is a retired elementary school teacher who taught in the Lakeside Unified School District.
I became involved in The Butterfly Project to honor my parents, who were Holocaust survivors. At this time there are too few survivors remaining that are able to go in to classrooms to tell their stories. Therefore, the responsibility falls to us, the Second Generation, to teach about this horrible time in our history so it may NEVER AGAIN happen to any people. We have now become the credible witnesses. What we do, how we live our lives teaches our children and grandchildren what is important. Read more about Arlene Keeyes
 

Judi Gottschalk,
Member of Board of Directors & Education Team Member

Judi GJudi Gottschalk is a native San Diegan and the daughter of two Holocaust survivors who immigrated to San Diego in 1949. She was an active member of the Phoenix Jewish community for 42 years and has recently moved back to San Diego. She serves as the San Diego Regional Chairperson for the United States Holocaust Museum. In Phoenix she served as a member of the board of the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center and Valley Beit Midrash, a pluralistic Jewish learning center and The Ballet Program for School Children. She is committed to supporting endeavors that build continued Jewish legacy and peoplehood. Read more about Judi Gottschalk