Bearing Witness™ Program

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"The program changed my life, as a teacher, and as an individual"

—Bearing Witness participant

Bearing Witness is a unique professional development opportunity designed to provide Catholic school educators with the training and resources necessary to teach their students about the historical relationship between Jewish and Catholic communities and the impact of that relationship on Catholic teaching, catechesis and liturgy.

Since its inception, Bearing Witness has trained over 2000 Catholic school educators across the country.

 


Through Bearing Witness, participants explore the history of anti-Semitism, including the role of the Church during the Holocaust, recent changes in Catholic teachings on Jews and Judaism, issues of prejudice in contemporary society and practical strategies for teaching students about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.

Bearing Witness is a partnership between the ADL, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Georgetown University Center for Jewish Civilization and local dioceses.

Eileen Ludwig Greenland Bearing Witness Summer Institute

The Eileen Ludwig Greenland National Bearing Witness Summer Institute brings together 40 Catholic School educators from around the country to engage in five-days of intensive study designed to give them the skills and resources necessary to bring the lessons of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and modern-day prejudice to their students and school communities.

The program takes place at various sites around the Washington, D.C. area including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Embassy of Israel, Georgetown University, and a local synagogue. Sessions are led by specialists in the fields of Jewish studies, Holocaust studies, and Catholic-Jewish relations.