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Elizabeth and Wiktoria of Cohort VI – Reflections on the past year and focus on the future

The summer semester is coming to an end and with it, another group of students is saying goodbye to the University of Haifa and Israel. Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some students of Cohort VI as they share their best experiences from the Weiss-Livnat program and the exciting new adventures they are starting next!

Elizabeth Schram is from San Antonio, Texas. She received her BA in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas, Austin. Before joining the Weiss-Livnat Program, Elizabeth taught English as a second language in Netanya, Israel through MASA.

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Elizabeth Schram

What was your favorite course you took during your year in the Weiss-Livnat Program?

“The most intriguing course I took this year was Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust through WHY Questions with Dr. Nurit Novis Deutsch. As an educator myself, I am very passionate about Holocaust education and enjoyed engaging with the various methods being used in Holocaust Education today.”

Tell us one of your best Israel experiences. 

“One of my favorite experiences in Israel was getting to barbecue with friends on the Carmel Mountain in Haifa. Being in nature, eating great food, listening to music and watching beautiful sunsets was always so relaxing and fun.”

Will you be participating in any of our upcoming international internships? 

“Yes, later this fall I will begin a six-week internship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. Following that, my goal is to find a position in a Holocaust museum, most likely in Texas where I’m originally from.”


Wiktoria Adamczyk is from Kielce, Poland. She received her BA degree in Jewish Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. 

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Wiktoria Adamczyk

Which of the courses you took this year was your favorite?

“I really loved the course Curating the Holocaust: Museums, Heritage Sites & Memorials with Tami Rich. The course strongly encouraged creative thinking which I value very much as it allows us to get-in-touch with our true selves. The combination of this type of creative thinking and historical knowledge gives the opportunity to create something that moves not only our minds but also our human emotion. In Holocaust studies, this is very important.”

A favorite experience you had in Israel?

“I met so many wonderful people, open to diversity and differences – It’s beautiful! It allows us to really connect with each other. I also had an amazing experience during my internship with AMCHA, which connects younger people like myself with Holocaust survivors. The survivor I met with over the year became a true friend. He’s a wonderful man who taught me a lot about the humanity of life.”

What are your plans when back in Poland?

“There are so many things I am looking forward to doing! I definitely want to find a role where I can connect with people – to speak about and teach about the history of Jews in Poland, the relations between Poles and Jews, Jewish culture and art, Hebrew, Yiddish, and, most importantly, love. The lack of love between Poles and Jews is very visible right now. I will also be looking into internship positions in Poland and Europe and make sure I stay connected to academia. I can’t imagine my life without being close to a university!”

 

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