Yahad-in Unum intensive teacher training



Yahad-in Unum trainers will provide intensive training in the Valley for 30 educators. YIU's teaching approach emphasizes the dangerous and murderous nature of anti-Semitism. They use their rich collection of testimonies  to deconstruct anti-Semitic stereotypes and to understand the link between anti-Semitic rhetoric and its criminal consequences. 

Purpose of Workshop

A condensed historical overview of this little-known chapter of the Holocaust history is provided to teachers along with practical educational tools to be used in the classroom.  The emphasis is on studying and teaching the Holocaust by Bullets as a crime, and on making connections with today’s violence and human rights violations.  Through this training educators and ultimately their students, will become more equipped to prevent and combat anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, genocide, and all forms of racism. 

Three Focus Areas

LEARN: Provide teachers and educators with knowledge about the victims and the crime.

TEACH: Provide teachers and educators with practical educational and methodological tools so  they are better equipped to teach the subject.

APPLY:  Provide teachers with the knowledge and tools to make connections between the Holocaust by Bullets and other genocides.

When and Where

This intensive 16-hour training will take place Saturday, February 29 at Burton Barr Library and Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Scottsdale Community College.  Educators must attend both days of the training. Should you need hotel or special accommodations, please contact us.

Application Process

Space is limited to 30 educators who teach 7th grade and higher.  Educators interested in attending must complete and submit a short application. 


Bje'S 28TH Annual Educators' Conference ON THE HOLCAUST

Program Description

Every year the Bureau of Jewish Education devotes a day for teachers in Arizona schools to explore the Holocaust and its lessons for today and beyond. Over the years, hundreds of educators became informed and inspired to teach the Holocaust in their classrooms.

This year's workshop is focused on Holocaust by Bullets. Teachers will have the opportunity to hear guest speaker, Todd Hennessy, as well as take a guided tour of the Exhibition. 

With each passing year, the number of living survivors is smaller and smaller. As teachers of our youth, you have the opportunity to speak for those who no longer can.

With knowledge, your classroom can provide a space for a meaningful and challenging course or unit on the Holocaust. As a watershed event in modern human history, the Holocaust is a benchmark for the study of unchecked evil. Through the lessons of the Holocaust, your students will begin to understand how silence, indifference to suffering, hatred of the other and abuse of power can lead to genocide.


  • January 29, 2020 from 4:15pm to 8:45pm
  • Burton Barr Library, 1221 North Central Ave., Phoenix
  • Includes a light dinner and tour of the exhibition
  • Open to all educators

Todd Hennessy - featured speaker

Todd Hennessy is currently the Director and an Educator with the Colorado Holocaust Educators, an internationally recognized Holocaust educational institution based in Denver, CO. Additionally, he is a faculty member at Temple Sinai’s Religious School, overseeing the Holocaust studies curriculum, and also facilitates a Holocaust course for the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. 

Todd was recognized as a Museum Teacher Fellow in 2000-2001 with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He has also studied at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem, Israel in 2000 and 2014. 

In 2015, Todd earned a Faculty Fellowship with the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oswiecim, Poland. In 2018, Todd was asked to coordinate the Yahad Colorado Committee, an educational outreach program of Father Patrick Desbois’ Yahad-in Unum, based in Paris, France, and in 2019 he joined Yahad-in Unum as an educator.  

When not in the classroom, Todd is a career firefighter with the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in Centennial, CO.  


Student programs

Field Trips to the Exhibition at Burton Barr Library January 27 through March 11, 2020

Plan a field trip to the exhibition for your class or school. Some funding for transportation and substitute teachers is available. 

Docents will lead guided tours of the exhibit. Students will have an opportunity to debrief and reflect on their visit using various artistic media.

Approved Project for ADL's No Place for Hate Program

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)’s Arizona Regional Office upholds ADL’s mission to "stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all" throughout the state of Arizona.  ADL’s anti-bias and bullying prevention programs (A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute and No Place for Hate®) assist K-12 educators and students in understanding and challenging bias, building ally behaviors, and creating a climate of respect. Over 1,800 PreK-12 schools across the country participated in No Place for Hate programming in the 2018-19 school year.

No Place for Hate guides schools toward fostering and maintaining a positive school climate through campus-wide activities, student leadership, and community involvement.  As part of this program, participating schools must offer three ADL-approved activities. For the 2019-20 school year, Holocaust by Bullets is an approved activity for the No Place for Hate program.