Call for Participants -- Israel Travel Seminar

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March 15, 2019 to March 30, 2020
Ontario, Israel
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, German History / Studies

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS – Seminar/Study trip to Israel


The founder of the Holocaust Educational Foundation, Mr. Theodore “Zev” Weiss invites applications for the second seminar/study trip to Israel to run from May 18-31, 2020. All professors and graduate students pursuing PhDs in Holocaust-related studies are invited to apply.


This thirteen day trip will include a seminar at Tel Aviv University where select participants will have the opportunity to discuss and/or present their research as well as a three-day visit to Yad Vashem where participants will be introduced to Yad Vashem’s resources including their archival holdings, visual center, data-base, and mapping technology, as well as lectures on Israeli historiography of the Holocaust.


The group will visit various cities and sites in Israel including Tel Aviv and the old city of Jaffa, Nazareth, Ceasarea, Haifa, and Acre. The group will spend two nights on a Kibbutz, visit the Golan Heights, Masada, the Dead Sea, Safad, and areas near the Lebanese border.


Cost includes all hotels and breakfasts, transportation throughout Israel in a safe and private bus, and entrance fees. The cost of the trip is approximately $2500 USD excluding airfare. Mr. Weiss will subsidize all participants who register by September 1, 2019 with $1000 reducing the cost of the trip to $1500 + airfare.


Those interested should contact Hilary Earl – Interested participants must provide a $500.00 deposit by September 1, 2019. Cheques should be made payable to Travel Priorities who is organizing the trip. Mail deposits directly to Morris Stroz, 4989 Lamia Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 USA. Deposits are refundable until January 1, 2020 only. For those who are really strapped small additional subsidies may be available. Contact Mr. Weiss at for details.


**We hope that you are able to participate in this enlightening and rewarding experience.



Of the trip, past participants have said:


“Getting to meet others in my field and presenting my research at Tel Aviv University has been integral to my growth as a scholar and an educator. Learning about and engaging with all that Israel has to offer has been life-changing, and I aim to inject my studies and my teaching with the excitement and curiosity I have felt during this trip.” 

“The visit to Israel has been both memorable and inspiring… I must say that the Children’s Memorial (at Yad Vashem) was the most powerful for me. The combination of the voices reading the names and the candle flames, which almost seemed like stars, is something I will not soon forget. I went back a second time and imagine making the journey again.”

 “As a Holocaust educator, it has meant so much to me to see Israel and to understand more fully the importance of the Jewish state in the aftermath of the Holocaust.”

“Your generosity and your conviction that Holocaust scholars and educators must see places of importance in Israel and Eastern Europe has helped me personally, and it has impacted my students, as well.”

“Participating in the Israel Study Tour was an opportunity of a lifetime and I am lucky to have been part of such a great group of Holocaust scholars and students….Thank you for this opportunity, which commits us, the recipients, to honoring your legacy by supporting those coming behind us and providing them similar opportunities.”

“The opportunity you presented outfitted me with new experiences and new knowledge that I will use in the History of the Holocaust course that I teach….I have benefited enormously from HEF.  So too have scores of other professors and by extension our thousands of students.”

Contact Info: 

Hilary Earl, Professor, 

Nipissing University

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