Our guest speaker, Dr. Maya Ackerman, will be addressing whether Holocaust survivors became more or less religious after what they endured. She will share words written by Holocaust survivors along with the words of her own grandfather, a child survivor of the Holocaust.
Born in Belarus, Dr. Maya Ackerman moved to Israel during the collapse of the Soviet Union. When she was twelve, her family immigrated to Canada, where Maya received her doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. While at Waterloo, she researched applications of traditional Jewish study methodology to the modern classroom, resulting in peer-reviewed publications in Jewish Studies and education venues.
Her postdoctoral work took her first to the California Institute of Technology, followed by a year at UC, San Diego. She was an assistant professor at Florida State University, and now conducts her research and teaches at San Jose State University.
As the grandchild of a survivor, Maya feels that it is her duty to help make Holocaust education accessible to today’s growing generation.