“Via the creative process I was able to find the words, to express the pain and to mourn and thus to process the traumatic memory that is the Holocaust. Silence without connection to memory is not commemoration. It is only when the silence can be wedded to real emotion that the silence have any commemorative weight. We have given the coming generation the historical facts to the Holocaust but are failing to connect them to the Holocaust emotionally.
‘Creating Memory’ is an initiative to help the next generation connect to Holocaust remembrance and thus insure the continued memory of this tragic event for generations.
The program is a two stage process the first is making the Holocaust more accessible by reading of poetry containing affective themes from the Holocaust such as family and belonging, memory and silence, place and displacement, faith and hope. These themes are relevant also to current generations and allows them to understand and access the emotional impact of the Holocaust and not only its historical manifestations.
The second stage of the process is to guide the student to channel these emotions into a creative outlet that allows them to feel part of the Holocaust narrative. It is now a narrative in which they can feel part of via their creativity. The active participation of the coming generations in voicing their own form of Holocaust remembrance is vital in ensuring that Holocaust remembrance stays vibrant and relevant with the passage of the years.”
Creating Memory: educator Trainings
Presented by Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz
Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz creates worlds of Jewish meaning and beauty by using all forms of media to create interactive, participatory programs of Jewish content. She is one of the co-founders and the Executive Director of Kol HaOt — Illuminating Jewish Life through Art, a Jerusalem-based organization, dedicated to weaving the magic of the arts into Jewish educational experiences. Elyssa is an experienced facilitator who has trained hundreds of classroom teachers and informal educators in the integration of creativity and the arts in their programming.