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Are you a student in grades 9 – 12 interested in learning more about the tools of social justice and how you can inspire or create change in your community? Come to the OJMCHE’s Student Advisory Board-led “Inspiring Change” virtual summit on April 18th from 1-3:30 pm. The program will kick off with a webinar-style joint panel featuring the local organization Don’t Shoot PDX, and one of the lead organizers of March For Our Lives. Following the panel, participants will interact with members of the Portland Youth Climate Strike in breakout rooms to learn more about different roles people can take on while organizing. Finally, participants wanting a certificate of participation can conclude the program by attending a discussion where they unpack and reflect on what they have learned.
In an ever-changing country filled with political turmoil, understanding our histories is the only way for us to move forward. The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education’s Student Advisory Board hosts a Youth Book and Film Circle, where students in grades 9 – 12 meet to discuss films and books covering topics related to the museum’s core exhibits and mission.
For our second meeting, participants will be asked to watch the 2019 film Jojo Rabbit and/or read the book Nightby Elie Wiesel. Jojo Rabbit is a satirical film directed by Taika Waititi about the Hitler Youth and antisemitic propaganda during the Holocaust but is also a story of resistance. Night is a memoir that recounts the author’s experiences as a Jewish victim of the Holocaust who was deported from his hometown of Sighet, Romania and imprisoned at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. We hope to discuss the messages of this book and movie, the histories they portray, and how the accounts they share continue to be relevant today, especially in the face of a present rise in antisemitism.
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