International Young Christian Leadership Seminar on the Holocaust, Anti-Semitism and Israel

November 29 – December 6, 2013 at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Education Center, Jerusalem

Ages 25 - 45

November 29 is the date of arrival and the first field trip takes place on the morning of November 30; Participants are free to fly home on December 6.

The Course:

The Holocaust is a defining event in human history, which generated a credibility crisis of major proportions in our most basic assumptions about the nature of mankind, of society, of the modern state, and of our responsibility as individuals to take a stand against the unjust suffering of innocent people everywhere.  These universal questions, and many others, challenge the very foundations of civilization and even now, over sixty years since the end of World War II, we have not yet come to terms with the implications of this event.  The Holocaust has therefore become a compelling challenge for concerned individuals all over the world.

Yad Vashem is best placed to help these committed individuals to meet this challenge in an open, honest, and professional environment.  Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies is offering young Christian leaders a unique educational experience.  During a week-long seminar in Israel a select group of about 20 participants will participate in world-class lectures, experience moving Holocaust survivor testimonies and be introduced to some key sites and monuments. Special emphasis will be placed on Christian theology as a background to modern anti-Semitism. The language of instruction will be English.

Application process:

Applicants are invited to send in their application form.  Once the applicant has been notified of acceptance a deposit of $ 500 will need to be made. A Committee will select the participants according to established procedures.

Application deadline:

July 30, 2013

Notification of acceptance:

August 15, 2013


Participants are expected to be young Christian leaders who are working either in a profession or in a Christian Ministry. We trust that they will use the knowledge gained during the seminar to bring awareness within their communities and ministries of the Holocaust through commemoration and education. This is not a seminar for educators. The seminar is not open to spouses nor is it offered for auditing.


Course participants are expected to attend all the sessions and to actively participate in the exercises and discussions. Following the course, participants are encouraged to host a Christian Friends of Yad Vashem event at their church or in their community.


$ 1500, which will cover hotel, meals, Yad Vashem's studying materials and field trips. The participants are responsible for their flights, medical insurance and other expenses, which are not included in the seminar cost.

Application form:

Please download:

application form.

Mail application to the contact address below:

Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director, Christian Friend of Yad Vashem

International Relations Division

POB 3477

91034 Jerusalem Israel

Fax. +972 2 644 3429