Brookfield resident Colleen Swift has been chosen to participate in the Lipper Internship Program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan. Swift is one of 16 interns this semester who will learn how to teach twentieth century Jewish history and the Holocaust to young people. Since the Lipper program started in 1998, interns have worked with over 50,000 students from around the Northeastern United States.
Swift is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology at Southern Connecticut State University. As part of her Lipper training, she studied the Museum’s exhibitions, heard testimony from Holocaust survivors, and attended seminars led by Museum scholars. Swift and her fellow interns will now spend the rest of the semester sharing their knowledge with schools throughout the tri-state area by giving presentations on Jewish heritage and the Holocaust. After these introductory sessions, the interns bring groups of middle and high school students to the Museum, where lessons are complemented by tours of the Museum’s Core Exhibition. Lippers return to the schools to discuss the material, encouraging students to share reactions and insights.
Chris Klumpp, a teacher at Windsor High School in Windsor, New York, praises the program as “a fantastic opportunity.” “The Holocaust is only briefly studied in our high school and this… allowed students to gain a more personal grasp of this horrible event.”
This program is made possible through the generous support of the EGL Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education.
For more information about the Lipper Internship Program and other opportunities for students, please visit www.mjhnyc.org.