August 3 – 6, 2015


“Every teacher who participates in this program, I am confident, will bring back to his/her school a wealth of insight and will, as well, be ready to help deepen the friendship that continues to grow between Catholics and Jews everywhere, one that has been particularly radiant here in the archdiocese for years.”

      – Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York


Join Catholic school educators from across the tri-state area for the Bearing Witness Summer Institute, a four-day experience designed to help bring the lessons of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and modern-day prejudices to your students and school communities.

Bearing Witness™, embodying Catholic-Jewish dialogue, is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League in partnership with the Archdiocese of New York and the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Bearing Witness™ will be held at Manhattan College, an independent Roman Catholic college in New York, with special site visits to the Museum of Jewish Heritage and a local synagogue.

Session topics include History of Anti-Semitism; Holocaust Survivor Testimony; Jewish Practices and Beliefs; the Catholic Church and the Holocaust; Future of Catholic-Jewish Relations; Anti-Semitism After the Holocaust; Nostra Aetate and Jewish Responses; Anti-Bias Education; and Implementing the Lessons of Bearing Witness.

Bearing Witness™ is endorsed by:

  • National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).



Catholic school educators of Religion, Theology, Social Studies and English at the middle and high school level as well as those involved in Parish Faith Formation and Youth Ministry are encouraged to apply to Bearing Witness™.  Teachers of other subject areas will be considered but must demonstrate how they will integrate the material covered into the content of their courses.

No prior experience teaching about the Holocaust or anti-Semitism is required.

Participants are expected to:

    • Attend the entire four-day conference Monday, August 3 through Thursday, August 6, 2015.




Participants are expected to cover their own local transportation to conference sites in New York City. Registration fee: $50.