2007-01-12 / Community

Local Woman To Intern At Jewish Museum

Belle Harbor native Monica Brandwein has been chosen to participate in the Lipper Internship Program at Lower Manhattan's Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Brandwein is one of 16 interns this semester who will learn how to teach 20th century Jewish history and the Holocaust to young people.

Since the Lipper program started in 1998, interns have worked with over 47,000 students from around the Northeastern United States.

Brandwein is a junior at the Fashion Institute of Technology studying visual arts management, and the daughter of Linda and Aaron Brandwein, a local dentist. As part of the training, she will study the Museum's exhibitions, hear testimony from Holocaust survivors, and attend historical lectures by Museum scholars on the topics of 20th-century Jewish history and the Holocaust. After training, interns share their knowledge in their hometowns and college communities by leading classroom lessons on Jewish heritage and the Holocaust. Interns bring groups of middle and high school students to the Museum, where these classroom lessons are enlivened and enhanced.

Pamela Schrank, a New York City teacher, whose students have benefited from lessons and tours by Lipper Interns in the past, praised the program for its ability to demonstrate the relevance of the Holocaust and its legacy to today's students. "Many children are unaware of the Holocaust and do not understand its significance. This program gives a complete overview of Jewish culture and heritage, and children get to see the world beyond themselves," she said.

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