Since 1981, the Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies has offered educational programs for educators, students, and the community. Through education and unique programming, the Institute—a collaboration between RVCC and the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties—promotes awareness, understanding, and compassion. The Center offers educational seminars, workshops, and presentations for students and teachers about the lessons learned from the Holocaust as well as genocides that continue today.

The Morris and Dorothy Hirsch Research Library of Holocaust and Genocide Studies is located on the second floor of the Evelyn S. Field Library at Raritan Valley Community College. Established in 1999, the library houses books, a video collection, and other reference materials for research and study as well as an area for classroom instruction. The Morris and Dorothy Hirsch Research Library of Holocaust and Genocide Studies offers an extensive collection of materials on the Holocaust, genocides, and diversity.

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Online Fall Programs

Free and Open to the Public

Analyzing Propaganda and Teaching Media Literacy: The Holocaust as a Case Study (Teacher Seminar)

Facilitated by Echoes & Reflections. This is a joint program of ADL, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem. Free 2-Day Online Program for 3 Hr Professional Development Credits
This is one program divided into two days. To participate registration needs to been done for October 8th & October 15th.  Click here to view flyer.

  • PART ONE: Thursday, October 8 at 3:30 - 5 PM 
  • PART TWO: Thursday, October 15 at 3:30 - 5 PM

Media literacy skills have become essential for young people to successfully navigate and critically assess the ever-increasing amount of information they receive throughout their day — on social media, advertisements, television, and film. Therefore, it is crucial for students to comprehend and identify how media, both historically and in contemporary society, can be used as a tool to incite hate and violence against certain groups. This learning opportunity examines the events of the Holocaust through the lens of media, by examining propaganda deployed by the Nazis to discriminate against Jews and other minorities. Educators will gain the tools to facilitate classroom discussions on the role and impact of Nazi propaganda during the Holocaust and support their students to critically analyze media in today’s world.

October 8, Registration Link:

October 15, Registration Link:


ARTIVISM: the first exhibition of its kind, located at the intersection of art, human rights, and the prevention of genocide

Join us for this online presentation with Kerry Whigham, curator of the ARTIVISM exhibit, and Aida Šehović from Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the artists involved in this exhibition. Friday, October 23, 2020, at 3 - 4pm EST Zoom Webinar. Click here to view flyer.

ARTIVISM illustrates how the arts are used as a mechanism for preventing and responding to mass violence. ARTIVISM introduces the personal, emotional, and historical realities of mass atrocities, inviting attendees to learn about the essential role played by the arts as a grassroots tool for social transformation and a deterrent to systematic violence. It showcases the works of six artists and activist collectives from across the globe: Rebin Chalak Ismael from Iraq, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Elisabeth Ida Mulyani from Indonesia, the South African Intuthuko Embroidery Project, the Argentinian Grupo de Arte Callejero (GAC), and Aida Šehović from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This exhibit is coordinated through The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation which is the largest nongovernmental organization in the world for the training of public officials in genocide and mass atrocity prevention.

Artivism Registration Link:


Learning Through Experience

Take a virtual tour of The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and hear from two Holocaust survivors, Maud Dahme & Tova Friedman. There will also be a live Q&A.  November 12th, 10:30 - 11:45 AM EST. Zoom webinar. Click here to view flyer.

Explore the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family in virtual reality. This guided tour will provide an extraordinary view into the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and the seven other people hid during WWII. During this program, we will also have the opportunity to hear testimony from two Holocaust survivors, Maud Dahme, a hidden child in the Netherlands during the Holocaust, and Tova Friedman a child survivor of Auschwitz.

Learning through Experience Registration Link:


BBC reporter Mike Thomson will be speaking to us from London about his book. Syria's Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Seige

Join us for this inspirational Online program with live Q&A on Friday, November 20th, 10 - 11am EST. Click here to view flyer.

This book is about the remarkable story of a small, makeshift library in the town of Daraya, and the people who found hope and humanity in its books during a four-year siege.

Daraya lies on the fringe of Damascus, just southwest of the Syrian capital. Yet for four years it lived in another world. Besieged by government forces early in the Syrian Civil War, its people were deprived of food, bombarded by heavy artillery, and under the constant fire of snipers. But deep beneath this scene of frightening devastation lay a hidden library. While the streets above echoed with shelling and rifle fire, the secret world below was a haven of books.

Long rows of well-thumbed volumes lined almost every wall: bloated editions with grand leather covers, pocket-sized guides to Syrian poetry, and no-nonsense reference books, all arranged in well-ordered lines. But this precious horde was not bought from publishers or loaned by other libraries--they were the books salvaged and scavenged at great personal risk from the doomed city above.

The story of this extraordinary place and the people who found purpose and refuge in it is one of hope, human resilience, and above all, the timeless, universal love of literature and the compassion and wisdom it fosters.

Syria’s Secret Library Registration Link:

To join this global discussion & or if you have any questions about the Fall programs: Email Program Specialist Michelle Edgar at

This program is being co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties, The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, the Holocaust Education Center of the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center.

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