University of Kentucky Jewish leader returns from Holocaust training in Jerusalem


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-Rabbi Shlomo Litvin, co-directors of Chabad at UK Jewish Student Center  have been certified by Yad Vashem as Holocaust educators on college campuses after completing a first-of-its-kind 65-hour seminar in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Litvin were part of a group of 30 campus Jewish leaders who joined an eight-day training session specially designed to provide tools to teach students about the Holocaust at universities. The seminar was created in partnership with Chabad on Campus International and Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust research, documentation, education and commemoration.

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Rabbi Litvin says the Holocaust can me a difficult subject to teach. He says the portrayal of the Holocaut in movies and books can scare people away from wanting learning more about it.

“When you have that much death, it tends to traumatize rather than to educate,” he says.

He says a decrease in Holocaust education in America and an overall passive attitude about antisemitism contribute to increased incidents throughout Kentucky, which, according to a 2018 study, has been named the ninth state in the nation for hate crimes.

“While many people were shocked, it didn’t surprise me. Unfortunately, it’s something I hear from students all the time,” he says.

He says refusing to be a bystander when antisemitic act occur, can help put an end to hate.