Rachael is an educator and a consultant, specializing in curriculum development that teaches Holocaust history through a contemporary perspective. She approaches history through a restorative narrative lens — telling stories of trauma and tragedy through personal narratives that exhibit resilience and hope.
Speaking Engagements Have Included :
U.S. Embassies in Sweden & Czech Republic, Humanity In Action Pre-Genocide Conference, The Tuzman Holocaust Teach-in at Gratz College, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, Boston University, Moore College of Art, Wheelock College, various Hadassah chapters, summer camps, and nearly two dozen congregations in the Northeast region.
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All lectures, presentations and classes are adjusted for the specific audience. The material can be adapted for school-aged children, high school and university classes, and adult education. Dialogue programs and workshops are also available.
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To learn more, please visit : www.sharethesamesky.com
Using photographs, video, interviews, archival documents, contemporary headlines, and personal stories, Rachael brings her long-term project, We Share The Same Sky, into classrooms and communities, adjusting the focus of her presentations and workshops to speak to the age and interest of the audience.
She has created curriculums for and worked with hundreds of students of all ages, from as young as fourth grade to adult education.
For teen and young adult classes, workshops can be molded to aid students in better understanding the refugee crisis and to build empathy for those facing persecution today. Contemporary chapters of this work paired with historical context are an important opportunity to have challenging conversations in a safe space. Rachael's goal is to bring a new relevance to the history of World War II that inspires students to think about how the past -- both personal and political -- has come to effect the present.
For adult education, Rachael often focuses on the personal journey she took following in her grandmother’s footprints, exploring the coexistence between trauma and resilience and the importance of storytelling from generation to generation. She does not shy away from the grief that lays within the pages of her grandmother's history and speaks about her own experience with the sudden death of her young husband. She is driven to tell stories of suffering and survival through a restorative lens that empowers.
In September 2019, Rachael released her first podcast — We Share The Same Sky — which was produced for USC Shoah Foundation. It is the first time a Holocaust survivor’s story has been at the center of a serialized narrative podcast, marking a ground-breaking moment for Holocaust education. The podcast will be bolstered with multimedia educational resources that weave together Holocaust history, survivor testimony and other classroom-ready materials. These resources, developed by USC Shoah Foundation and Echoes & Reflections -- the leading provider of Holocaust education -- will be aligned to academic standards and available in a variety of online and offline formats, providing guidance to educators on the effective use of podcasts in the classroom. All content will be accessible on USC Shoah Foundation’s IWitness website beginning on November 11, coinciding with the release of the final episode of the series.
She has also worked with Facing History & Ourselves as a teacher and a consultant, helping develop a project-based learning program for high school students.
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2019-2020 Speaking Schedule
June 2020 : Liberation 75 / Podcasts & Testimony: Retelling our Grandparent’s History to the Next Generation (Toronto, Canada)
November 13, 2019 : Echoes & Reflections / We Share The Same Sky Podcast Webinar (online)
October 6, 2019 : Boston University Hillel / Generation Z & The Holocaust (MA)
2019 - 2020 : Kehillath Israel — 6th grade / Introduction to Holocaust History (MA)
2019 - 2020 : Temple Isaiah — 11th grade / Heroes and Heroines of the Holocaust (MA)
2019 - 2020 : Temple Sinai — 8-12th grade / Project-based learning program, Holocaust History (MA)