After five years of fruitful co-operation, the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies (ZC) at Caleton University and the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) are entering a new phase in their relationship. While the two centres will continue to collaborate on a variety of Holocaust education programs in pursuit of mutual goals, CHES intends to expand its programming capabilities and operate independently as a registered charity.

Holocaust and anti-Semitism scholarship are central to the ZC’s mission and it will continue to provide leadership in Holocaust scholarship and education through a variety of programs and initiatives on campus and in the broader community. The ZC promotes scholarly inquiry into all aspects of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present. Its work has a significant impact in the context of the global community and combatting anti-Semitism. The ZC expands Carleton’s presence in Jewish studies, both nationally and internationally, by fostering research collaboration and by sponsoring visiting scholars and researchers in the field. The ZC reaches out to the broader community through public lectures and educational programs, while encouraging intercultural and interfaith dialogue and promoting academic inquiry into the diversity of the Jewish experience.

CHES is a community-based organization that is wholeheartedly committed to its mission: “To develop educational programs that promote knowledge and understanding of the history and legacy of the Holocaust.” To fulfil this mission, CHES brings together academics, educators and their students, survivors and their children, diplomats, community members, local and international Holocaust Centres and museums, all levels of government and other partners. CHES offers year-round programming designed to combat prejudice and racism and promote respect for diversity, social justice and human rights.

In 2015, the ZC and the founding committee of CHES developed a common vision for co-operation in the field of Holocaust education that led to the launch of CHES and its affiliation with the ZC. Since then, CHES has developed numerous relevant educational programs and meaningful public events featuring esteemed Holocaust historians, advocacy organizers and researchers. Through its professional approach to teachers’ workshops for local boards of education, CHES continues to create materials for Ottawa-area teachers, stage teacher-training seminars and produce testimonial videos of local Holocaust survivors. Of particular importance is Holocaust Education Month, an event held each November featuring innovative and evocative programs for the public.

The success of CHES is the result of the commitment and hard work by its director, Mina Cohn, and its dedicated volunteers, all of whom bring experience in developing quality educational programs and a commitment to safeguarding the memory of the past and educating future generations.

Deidre Butler, director of the ZC, welcomes this opportunity for CHES to advance its mandate and programming. Carleton and the ZC are delighted to have been an incubator for CHES to establish roots and flourish over the past five years and the centre looks forward to collaborating with CHES on these critical issues.

Director Cohn acknowledges and  appreciates the support the ZC has provided to CHES with warmth and collegiality. CHES looks forward to new challenges and opportunities in the expectation that shared interests will ensure continued collaboration with the ZC.

To view the joint statement from ZC and CHES, please visit:

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