Local Holocaust EDUCATORS

The Phoenix Holocaust Survivors' Association thanks all of our local educators for their passion, skills and commitment to educating each new generation on the Holocaust and the lessons to be drawn from it, to make it accessible to so many different students and audiences and to try to have each individual find value from the lessons of the Holocaust in how they approach their lives and others and to help with the commitment to Never Again!

The individuals listed below are volunteers in our educators network and have a large variety of Holocaust related expertise and significant experience in identifying and applying resources, approaches and materials to achieving quality outcomes in a variety of learning situations and various audiences.

If you are an educator looking for help (a little or a lot) in achieving specific outcomes or meeting the challenges of Holocaust education for specific audiences you can connect with these educators through Ask An Educator.

Ruth Callahan

Ruth Callahan has been a faculty member at Glendale Community College (GCC) for over 20 years teaching a wide variety of courses including one that she developed: Introduction to Holocaust Studies (HUM245).

Ruth is the 2013 recipient of the Shofar Zachor Award for her role in Holocaust education by the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association.

She is a founding faculty member of the Maricopa Community Colleges International Studies in Prague Summer Program in which Ruth teaches Holocaust Studies.

Ruth holds degrees in Comparative Literature and a doctorate in Literature and Religion. Her doctorate was specifically on the role of Hebrew letters in terms of Jewish mystical thinking in the work of Franz Kafka which indirectly led her to her studies of the Holocaust. Her Holocaust studies included the professors' study program at Yad Vashem.

Kae Knight

Kae Knight has taught English, American and World History, as well as writing classes at both the junior high school and high school levels including advanced placement and gifted students.

Kae has been been an educator on the Holocaust since 1977 having developed a curriculum for teaching the history and related topics for the study of Holocaust for my advanced placement students in junior high school.

As an outgrowth of her work as a teacher on the Holocaust, Kae has conducted workshops in various schools designed to aid teachers in approaches to Holocaust materials and suggested effective available sources. Kae has also been very generous with her time and knowledge by providing one on one guidance to teachers, as well.

Kae has been associated with Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association for over 30 years.

Kae is the 1991 recipient of the Shofar Zachor Award for her role in Holocaust education by the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association.

Kim Klett

Kim Klett is a Regional Educator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducting workshops for teachers throughout the Southwest region.

Kim is the 2005 recipient of the Shofar Zachor Award for her role in Holocaust education by the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association.

Kim is English teacher at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona, where she teaches A.P. Literature and Holocaust Literature. She is the sponsor of her school’s ADL’s A World of Difference peer training program.

Kim has worked to bring many speakers and presenters to Dobson High, and is active with groups in the Valley such as ADL, the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Lost Boys Center, the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association, and Chandler’s Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity.
Kim has utilized her Carl Wilkens Fellowship to build the capacity of the Phoenix-based Darfur and Beyond, a non-profit organization dedicated to anti-genocide movement activism, and to build a coalition of local entities committed to advancing global justice and human rights.

John Liffiton

John Liffiton is a faculty member at Scottsdale Community College teaching composition and research classes based on genocide and the Holocaust. John has a BSc in Anthropology and a MA in English.

John is the Director of Scottsdale Community College's annual Genocide Awareness Week Conference.

John is currently serving on the ADL Education Committee and is a 2012 graduate of the FBI Citizen's Academy.

John is the 2015 recipient of the Shofar Zachor Award for his role in Holocaust education by the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association.

He is also a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and was recently awarded a commendation and blessing by the Archbishop of the Armenian Diocese for his work in education regarding the Armenian Genocide.

Elaine Hirsch

Elaine Hirsch is an award-winning Holocaust educator, having coordinated the Bureau of Jewish Education's Annual Educators' Conference on the Holocaust for public and private school educators in Arizona for 23 years.

Elaine served as Director for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, and currently serves as regional director for the Alexander Muss High School in Israel.

Elaine assists teachers with curriculum advisement and conducts workshops on how to inculcate Jewish values and Israel in the classroom.

In her capacity as Director of Adult Learning at the Bureau of Jewish Education, she “kvells” at the site of adult learners making a fixed time for study, reclaiming their Jewish Heritage.

Elaine earned a master’s degree in Jewish communal service from Brandeis University.