FREMONT, 30 March 2015 -The Tri-City Interfaith Council invites the public to attend their annual Holocaust Remembrance Service on Sunday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. The service is held at Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
This year, Jack Weinstein, the director of the San Francisco office of Facing History and Ourselves will be the featured speaker. Weinstein’s talk, titled “Memory and Legacy – A Holocaust Educator’s Journey,” will include personal stories about how the Holocaust touched his life, a generation later, and the impact being a teacher of acceptance has had on him.
The service is free and open to everyone from all religious backgrounds, and no religious background. A free will offering will be received for Facing History and Ourselves. More information is about their work is available at www.facinghistory.org
Founded in 1976, Facing History and Ourselves combats racism, anti-Semitism, and religious bigotry by using history to teach tolerance in classrooms around the globe. Teachers and students benefit from resources from Facing History and Ourselves
to help them find new ways to confront the difficult issues of the past and present. They provide middle and high school educators with tools for teaching history and ethics, and for helping their students learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.
Weinstein helped establish the northern California office of Facing History and Ourselves in 1996, and since that time, more than 6,000 Bay Area teachers have received training and support from Facing History as they teach about Holocaust and Human Behavior, Genocide and Human Rights, and Race and Membership in American History. The regional office began in Weinstein’s garage but now serves teachers in more than 75 school districts out of its Hayward office.
Jack taught at Milpitas High School from 1978 to 1996, where the Facing History course he developed is now in its 25th year as a full-semester study. Now, an additional 250 schools in the Bay Area offer a version of that course or multi-week studies on the Holocaust within required courses.
The Tri-City Interfaith Council, sponsor of this service, is an interfaith organization made up of leaders and representative of over 35 faith communities in Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Their mission is to promote respect, understanding, cooperation, and appreciation for the many religious and faith traditions within our community.