Who we are

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous provides financial support to more than 600 non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and preserves their legacy through a national education program.



The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) is committed to teaching the history of the Holocaust and to preserving the legacy of Righteous Gentiles, non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. We do this through our Holocaust teacher education program.


On October 23, 2002, The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous lost a dear friend, Alfred Lerner. Mr. Lerner was the founding chairman and chief executive officer of MBNA Corporation. He was a trustworthy advisor and generous supporter of the JFR from its early years, and it is to him that we owe much of our success in achieving our mission.  We are honored that the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous was high on his list of causes.

The JFR conducts a program of teacher education in Holocaust studies each summer at Columbia University. In tribute to Al Lerner's commitment to the work of the Foundation and in particular to his special interest in Holocaust education, we are pleased to announce that all of the teachers who attend the annual Summer Institute for Teachers are known as Alfred Lerner Fellows. It is both a pleasure and an honor for the Foundation to confer on each of these teachers the privilege of bearing the name of our beloved friend.

We are grateful for Alfred Lerner's wisdom, compassion, and support. 

To date there are more than 400 Alfred Lerner Fellows. To find out more information about becoming an Alfred Lerner Fellow, see our Holocaust Centers of Excellence page, or our Seminars and Institutes page.


The JFR launched its national Holocaust teacher education program in June 2000. The program takes into account the diverse nature of education in the United States as well as the expressed needs of teachers and Holocaust center staff. The JFR's education program is centered on three key elements: 1) educational materials; 2) a network of Holocaust centers; and 3) JFR sponsored educational programs.

The JFR's education program is comprehensive and far-reaching. It includes a summer residential program, an advanced seminar, an educators' study program to Germany and Poland, an academic newsletter, and partnerships with Holocaust centers throughout the country.  The cornerstone of our program is the book Voices & Views: A History of the Holocaust, introduced and edited by Professor Debórah Dwork, a leading Holocaust historian.  The JFR is in the process of publishing a companion book to Voices & Views.  This second book will provide resources and ideas for the teacher to integrate the knowledge obtained from Voices & Views into the classroom.

JFR staff is available to assist educators with information and resources on teaching the Holocaust in their classroom.  Please contact Stanlee Stahl at 1.212.727.9955 or e-mail her at sstahl@jfr.org.

Alfred Lerner


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