The Center for Humanistic Education, founded by Raya Kalisman, has operated as a part of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum since 1995, with the support of the Ministry of Education and in cooperation with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The center is groundbreaking in its approach to teaching the Holocaust and its unique educational activities — the Holocaust is taught as a historical crisis that invites us to explore social and human dilemmas of a truly universal nature.
Our premise is that confronting the Holocaust helps us understand the importance of humanistic and democratic values and provides tools for moral judgment and civic responsibility.
Indifference to the suffering of others or violation of their human rights endangers the survival of any society. We believe that the study of the Holocaust raises fundamental questions for the human race, which can bring people together and connect people of different cultural backgrounds.
The goals of the Center for Humanistic Education:
A. To convey to diverse audiences a knowledge and understanding of the events of the Holocaust, its backdrop, and its universal significance and topicality.
B. To develop human sensitivity and moral judgment regarding the persecution of any minority or violation of human and civil rights.
C. To promote democratic values and social involvement in order to change behavioral patterns and work towards a more tolerant and equal society in Israel.
The Center works with a diverse population of teachers and students, Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druze, from villages, kibbutzim, cities, and towns from the Galilee to the Carmel.