Facing History and Ourselves

For many years, the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews has been providing full scholarships to outstanding teachers in Palm Beach County to attend the Facing History and Ourselves summer workshop, “Holocaust and Human Behavior,” in Brookline, Massachusetts. The information, training, and inspiration that the teachers bring back from this week-long program to their classrooms, schools, and community are invaluable to them personally and professionally, and dovetail beautifully with the mission of the Fellowship.


With Holocaust Studies a mandated part of the State of Florida’s curriculum, and the downsizing of resources available to implement these vital programs, the Fellowship understands the importance of providing these tools to local teachers to continue the work of not only Holocaust education but combating social injustice and unjust discrimination of all kinds. Supporting educators to participate in this program is one of the things we do of which we are most proud.

2017 Participants


The following educators attended the 2017 workshop in July: 

    Chrissie Ferguson | Rosarian Academy

    Steve Gordon | Western Pines Middle School

    Chuck Hagy | The Benjamin School

    Barbara Johnson | West Boca High School

    Melanie Lee | Park Vista High School

    Mark Risisky | Glades Central High School


Special thanks to the Palm Beach Country Club Foundation for a grant that enabled the Fellowship to send two additional teachers to Facing History this summer.

L-R: Mark Risisky, Chrissie Ferguson, Barbara Johnson, Melanie Lee, Steve Gordon, Chuck Hagy

Comments from some of the teachers about their experience at Facing History
Comments from 2017 FHAO attendees.docx
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Palm Beach Daily News Article about the 2016 Scholarships Awarded by the Fellowship
FHAO article 7-31-16.pdf
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Letter from Facing History and Ourselves 2016 Participant, Bryan Sandala
FHAO letter from Bryan Sandala.pdf
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