Robin Goettel (HEC Committee member), Rebecca Lawson (HEC Committee member), Linda Bauer (CUJF Executive Director), Brian Kahn (Chair, Holocaust Education Center), Bob Lehmann (HEC Committee member)
Holocaust Education Center hosted a retirement lunch
Members of of CUJF's Holocaust Education Center hosted a retirement lunch recently in Tuscola for HEC committee member Rebecca (Becky) Lawson. Although she is retiring from teaching, Becky plans to continue serve on the committee.
Becky has been an English teacher at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Illinois for many years. It is not common for small rural school districts to have Holocaust Education program, but Becky has been dedicated to making students aware of the Holocaust.
Her involvement includes receiving several fellowships, one which was Holocaust, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1994); the Mandel Teacher’s Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (1996); the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teacher’s Fellowship (sponsored by the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, the Jewish Labor Committee, and the American Federation of Teachers) (1998); the Leo and Antonia Gershanov Teaching Fellowship at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie, IL (2004); Becky has directed two Holocaust plays (Who Will Carry the Word? and I Never Saw Another Butterfly) and has worked extensively on teaching Holocaust literature, especially through drama, poetry, and Elie Wiesel’s Night. She has presented throughout the region about Holocaust literature. She has also helped organize several Holocaust workshops and visits to her community and area schools by Holocaust survivors. A member of the CUJF's Holocaust Education Center for over 20 years, for her outstanding innovation and dedication to Holocaust education.
CUJF congratulates Rebecca Lawson on her many years of teaching, and thanks her for her dedication to teaching the important lessons of the Holocaust.