Education

Youth Programs

*We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will open Spring 2018.

Under the leadership of the Education Staff, the Junior Board develops activities that contribute to the Museum's networking and community building efforts. In addition to being able to impact the Museum in a positive and meaningful way, high school students have an opportunity to build leadership skills and advance their personal and professional networks through their participation.
Basic Responsibilities of Junior Board Members:
• Attend monthly Junior Board meetings in person or by conference call.
• Volunteer at 3 of 6 pre-determined Museum events.
• Attend and volunteer at the annual Hope for Humanity dinner.
• Attend 1 of 4 pre-determined Museum Board of Director Meetings.

Minimum requirements to apply to the Junior Board:
• Attend a local high school or be a home school student in grade 9 or above.
• Be in good academic standing.

You can apply to the Junior Board online: Application .

For more information on the Junior Board, please contact Annie Black at ablack@DallasHolocaustMuseum.org

COVENANT OF REMEMBRANCE – BAR OR BAT MITZVAH
A “Covenant of Remembrance” is a special addition to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony that connects this joyous occasion to an important event in our past. It offers a rich learning experience to the child embarking on this rite of passage. It can also remember and memorialize a child who died during the Holocaust. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidate can learn about one of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished during the Holocaust.
Participating in this program can involve meeting and talking directly with a local Holocaust survivor or reading and researching about someone who perished. This knowledge then informs part of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service and may involve the addition of special readings such as Psalms (Tehillim).
For more information on the Covenant of Remembrance, please contact Dr. Sara Abosch-Jacobson at sabosch@dallasholocaustmuseum.org.

GIRL SCOUT PATCH
A successful collaboration between seven Dallas history museums and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has resulted in the “History Museums Explorer Patch.” The patch, designed in the shape of a flag pole, is meant to help girls discover history museums and their influence and impact on society. It adheres to the Girl Scouts’ national organization’s values. Participants earn the patch by visiting each museum, answering questions, and fulfilling other educational tasks. Flags of each Museum can be added until all eight are collected.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum Girl Scout Patch is part of the History Museum Explorer Patch series. This patch may be earned by Girl Scouts in grades 5 through 12, and from any Girl Scout council. Once the requirements have been met, patches may be purchased at the council shop or at the Museum.
Download the How To Book a Girl Scout Tour Flyer
Download the Museum Explorer Patch Flyer
Download the Girl Scout Patch Requirement Booklet
For more information on the Girl Scout Patch, please contact Dr. Charlotte Decoster at cdecoster@DallasHolocaustMuseum.org.

GIRL SCOUT DAY
Girl Scouts can join the education team on Girl Scout Day to learn more about girl power during the Holocaust. Girl Scouts can tour the Museum and earn a Girl Scout Badge on Girl Scout Day. Badges will be available for cadettes and seniors.
For more information on Girl Scout Day, please contact Annie Black at ablack@dallasholocaustmuseum.org.

Junior Board Member Application Form

For more information, please contact Annie Black at ablack@DallasHolocaustMuseum.org.

COVENANT OF REMEMBRANCE

A “Covenant of Remembrance” is a special addition to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony that connects this joyous occasion to an important event in our past. It offers a rich learning experience to the child embarking on this rite of passage into full membership in the Jewish People. It also remembers and memorializes a child who died during the Holocaust. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidate learns about one of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished during the Holocaust.

Participating in this program can involve meeting and talking directly with a local Holocaust survivor or reading and researching texts about someone who has perished. This learning will then inform part of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service and may involve the addition of special readings such as Psalms (Tehillim).

Steps towards a Covenant of Remembrance:

  1. Call the Dallas Holocaust Museum at 214-741-7500 to get information or set up an appointment for the child and at least one parent to meet with the Senior Director of Education, Dr. Sara Abosch. Dr. Abosch can also be reached at: sabosch@dallasholocaustmuseum.org.
  2. Once informed, seek approval from the Rabbi or the person helping you prepare at the synagogue for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
  3. You may want to meet with a Holocaust survivor (either one whom you know or the museum can arrange a meeting) and interview the survivor about his or her experience during the Holocaust.
  4. We can direct you to readings (diaries by young people during the Holocaust), or we can assist you in finding a suitable child who perished in the Holocaust whose memory you can honor at your Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
  5. When you plan your synagogue service include a mention in your ceremony about the Covenant of Remembrance program and the tragic fate of this child Holocaust victim. Add readings such as sections of Psalms (Tehillim), as appropriate.
  6. Include some information in printed materials that may be given to your guests. If you are doing this program in conjunction with one of our local Survivors, the Museum can provide photos if available.
  7. If you interview a Holocaust survivor, he or she should be invited to your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Please ensure that they have transportation and seat them in a place of honor. It would be nice, if possible, to give them an aliyah if they would like one.
  8. After your Bar/Bat Mitzvah is over, please provide the DHM/CET with copies of any printed materials and, if possible, photographs of the celebrant with the survivor.
  9. While the Museum offers its services free of charge, we welcome a donation to the Museum in the name of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah or the child whom he/she helped to remember.

MUSEUM EXPLORER PATCH INFORMATION

A successful collaboration between eight Dallas history museums and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has resulted in the “History Museums Explorers Patch.” The patch, designed in the shape of a flag pole, is unique to Dallas and underscores (as does the previous story) how our move from the basement of the JCC to the heart of downtown Dallas has changed the way that we are perceived and the way that we interact with the community. The History Museums Explorers Patch is a progressive patch designed to help girls discover about history museums and their influences and impacts on society. It adheres to the Girl Scout’s national organization’s values. Participants earn the patch by visiting each museum, answering questions, and fulfilling other educational tasks. Flags of each Museum can be added until they all eight are collected.

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance Girl Scout Patch is to be part of the History Museum Explorer Patch series. This patch may be earned by Girl Scouts in grades 6 through 12, and from any Girl Scout council. Once the requirements have been met, patches may be purchased at the council shop or through the council’s web site shop at http://www.gsnetx.org. The website will also provide more specific information to help earn each patch.

Questions about the patch should be directed to the council’s Resource and Referral Manager, 972-349-2436 or 1-800-442-2260, ext. 136, or email ggordon@gsnetx.org. A complete information packet on the patch may be downloaded here.
Girl Scout Cadets must complete at least 6 of the following activities, including the 3 starred.
Girl Scout Seniors must complete at least 7 of the following activities, including the 3 starred.
Girl Scout Ambassadors must complete at least 8 of the following activities, including the 3 starred.

  1. Visit the Museum and take at least a one-hour tour of the permanent exhibit.
  2. Which artifact in the Museum was the most thought provoking for you? What did it teach you about the Holocaust?
  3. Learn the history of the Museum. How and by whom was the Holocaust museum in Dallas founded?
  4. What other Holocaust museums or education centers are located in Texas, and in what cities are they established?
  5. Listen to the testimony of one of the Dallas Holocaust Survivors and write a summary of their experiences that can be shared with the Girl Scouts in your troop. (Option: read the diary or memoir of a Holocaust victim and share what you have read with the scouts in your troop.)
  6. An “Upstander” is a person who stands up when he/she perceives an injustice that must be addressed. A bystander is a person who stands by and does nothing. Identify 3 “Upstanders” in the exhibit and describe how they helped the victims. Identify 3 bystanders in the exhibit and give one example of something they could have done.
  7. Find newspaper or Internet news stories about more recent or current genocides (like Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia, etc.). What generalizations can you draw about the response of the other countries of the world to these events?
  8. Visit one of the other Holocaust museums or education centers located in Texas, or take a virtual tour of one of the Holocaust museums outside of Texas.
  9. Volunteer at one of the commemorative events held for Dallas area Holocaust survivors.
  10. Develop a “Call to Action” project for your troop to participate in, which would raise awareness of the violation of human rights, a current genocide, or the need for tolerance.
  11. Research the ways in which the Holocaust Survivors who came to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to start their new lives have benefited or contributed to the North Texas community.