Shirley Lazarus Sunday Evening Speakers Series – “What We DO Matters”


June 30, 2024    
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Smith Wilkes Hall
21 Foster Avenue, Chautauqua, NY, 14722

Holocaust and Social Justice Education Program Presentation

The Hebrew Congregation of Chautauqua proudly supports a Holocaust and Social Justice Education program for high school students in the greater Chautauqua area.

The Congregation underwrites the cost of a trip to Washington, DC for students and teachers in the program. The program has grown yearly, both in the number of high schools participating and the number of students.

Visit the program website at

Leigh-Anne Hendrick, Program Director, is a high school social studies teacher with 24 years of classroom experience. Mrs. Hendrick has worked as a consultant with the United States Department of Education’s Teacher to Teacher training program and has presented both nationally and internationally. She has received training at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C, and in 2005 was named one of fifteen Museum Teacher Fellows in the United States. She has been awarded the Toby Ticktin Back Award for Holocaust Education and RIT’s Distinguished Teacher recognition.

Most recently, Mrs. Hendrick has been working to expand Holocaust and human rights education in Chautauqua County, a mission she is passionate about. She is also a co-founding director of the Chautauqua Country Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies. In both programs she has been instrumental in developing teacher and student training programs to broaden and deepen understanding of the Holocaust, genocide, human rights and social justice. She strives to empower students and educators to take an active role in our shared humanity.