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About us

Our council is committed to educating area teachers on the best practices for teaching the Holocaust by equipping them with resources and professional development to do so.  We also host Holocaust Remembrance Day events and provide speakers and resources to the community.​ Our council includes teachers, professors, a librarian, and members of the local B'nai Sholom congregation.

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Council members

-- Rabbi Richard Bessman, Rabbi of the B'nai Sholom congregation, Blountville, Tennessee


-- Dr. Kellie D. Brown, Milligan University orchestra director, chair of the Milligan music department, author of The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance, and Salvation During the Holocaust and World War II 

-- Dr. Stephen G. Fritz, history professor, ETSU, author of three books covering the rise of Nazism and the origins of the Holocaust.

-- Dr. Rhona Hurwitz, Professor Emerita, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, East Tennessee State University; Co-President B'nai Sholom Congregation; Chair, Pulpit and Ritual Committee, B'nai Sholom Congregation 

-- Kim Kenneson, teacher fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, middle school teacher, St. Mary's School, Johnson City. 

– Beth Bartchy-Smith, retired Johnson City School System, art teacher

-- Dr. Theodore N. Thomas, professor emeritus of Humanities, History, and German at Milligan University

--Tiffany Watson, librarian, East Tennessee State University; trained in Holocaust education by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Belfer conference.

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