Upstanders’ Events in Perth

Perth Australia

4 – 9 August 2019

Ellenbrook Secondary College and Carmel School Choirs, WAH and support team

The first two Performances

World Premiere at Ellenbrook Secondary College on 5 August 2019
At Carmel School on 7 August 2019
Encore at Carmel School

Edith Cowan University

Bill Allen
Lisa Marino & Lynne Cohen

Ellenbrook Secondary College

Visitors including the Carmel School choir
With Lance Turner, Stuart Rhine-Davis, Nance Adler & Jesse John Fleay

2000 people attended
With Jessica Shaw MLC
Lance Turner with the choirs

Southern River College

With Daniel Grayce & Principal Everal Eaton
Nance Adler giving her lesson

Curtin University

With Gavin Briggs

Trinity College UWA

At Trinity College, UWA
With Liz Caddy

Butler College

At Butler College with Helen Macri

Carmel School

Carmel School Lesson for Year 10s

Jewish Community Event at Carmel School

Ellenbrook Secondary College and Carmel School School Choirs
At Carmel School
7 August 2019
Rivka Majteles, a Holocaust survivor, talking to Ellenbrook Secondary College students
The Ellenbrook Secondary College and Carmel School choirs

Kingsway Christian College

Hosted by Ronnell Vermeulen

City of Stirling

A multi-cultural event
Hosted by Eva Mwakichako

Notre Dame Universiy

William Cooper – our indigenous Upstander!
Dr Martin Drum, Eli Rabinowitz, Nance Adler, Professor Lynne Cohen & Dr Jamal Barnes
With Dr Jamal Barnes and Prof Lynne Cohen

Dianella Shule – Tisha B’Av Lecture by Nance


William Cooper Book by Barbara Miller

Plaque at Yad Vashem

Film by Viv Parry – Ties That Bind

Film by Viv Parry

Lesson Plans by Nance Adler



Perth Airport

U.S. Cultural Funding

WE ARE HERE! An Education Program That Inspires Upstanders

With funding support provided by the United States Government, this education program will bring Holocaust educator and specialist Nance Adler of Seattle, Washington to Australia in August 2019 to lead the WE ARE HERE! for Upstanders program that promotes universal human rights and inclusive development.

Using the stories of the Jewish Partisans, WE ARE HERE! seeks to inspire in young people the confidence and ability to stand up in the face of prejudice and oppression.

WE ARE HERE! focuses on active citizenship and provides participants with the educational tools to stand up against any form of discrimination.  The program is based on the notion that individuals are often bystanders to various acts of injustice, and rather than being a bystander, one can become an Upstander  in the face of injustice and inequality.

The sharing of this best practice coursework/knowledge encourages support of the U.S./Australia alliance as it inspires Upstandersof those who witness or face complex issues that include discrimination, prejudice, social isolation, and disenfranchisement.  

There are over 100 different nationalities in Western Australia (WA), and WE ARE HERE! translates across all communities.  It provides a clear link to what students from many diverse backgrounds would see and face about their own ethnicities.  The transformation that takes place through this learning acts as an impetus for systemic change leading to greater racial equity, civic participation, and can also potentially contribute to fewer individuals moving from disenfranchisement to crime or radicalisation.

The program includes individuals from under-represented and historically marginalised groups including students, educators, community leaders, and multicultural associations.It will be delivered over a one (1) week period and will consist of seminars, lectures, panel discussions, and workshops where curricular materials and project objectives of WE ARE HERE!’S work will be shared and taught.

As a result of these activities, online collaboration between schools in Australia, the U.S., South Africa and Europe will take place – making this an ideal cross regional project with global sustainable opportunities.  

First Event
Bielski Partisans
Muizenberg SH, Cape Town, South Africa
Eli Rabinowitz with ECU students

For more information, contact:

Eli Rabinowitz

t +61 414 375111

The WE ARE HERE! project is supported by funding provided by the United States Government.

Lesson Plan

“Ties that Bind” and Righteous Gentile Online Article Walk and Essay

Film – Ties that Bind

with Uncle Boydie Turner and Morris Fiszman z”l

Directed by Viv Parry and produced by Justin Olstein

Copyright Viv Parry 2017

Lesson Plan by Nance Morris Adler –

Learning Goals

1.    Students will be able to see the variety of ways that one can help an individual who is being oppressed.

2.   Students will recognize the difference one person can make in the life of another.

3.   Students will add to their understanding of what it takes to be an Upstander.

After watching the movie “Ties that Bind” about William Cooper, students will be provided with additional material about William Cooper’s life and actions so that they can include his story as one of their four Righteous Gentiles. Notes should be taken on it the same as below. 

Use this link to go to the Yad Vashem Righteous among the Nations “Featured Stories” page.  There is a list of stories as well as links on the right side of the page linking to stories on a theme. 

Select any three stories from page and read them – take notes on the following – the more detailed the better:  

  • the details of what each Righteous Gentile did, 
  • their motivations for helping, 
  • the risks they faced, 
  • the outcome

 After reading and taking notes on your three stories – you will write an essay on your four examples of Righteous Gentiles (Cooper plus three from YV)  and the rescue or assistance they each provided.

  • Be sure to give a brief overview of each story; 
  • compare and contrast the stories and the people involved;
  • come to conclusions about these righteous people, their actions and their motivations or reasons for taking action.

 An excellent essay would be at least six detailed paragraphs -intro, paragraph on each person, and conclusion that includes the compare/contrast portion.

You must submit both your notes and your essay.

You will also share out about two of the individuals that you researched.

“This is similar to…”

You will have three class periods to work – otherwise it is homework 

Thinking prompts to help you write a strong paper

“This makes me realize…”

“I used to think… but now I realize…”

“Another example is…”

“This is giving me the idea that…”

“This is different from…”

“This is similar to….”

Nance Adler and her student, Shira Delcau on William Cooper:

Nance Adler was brought to Australia in 2019
with the support of a  US Government Funded Grant
For additional info and resources, visit:

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Jerusalem – International School of Holocaust Studies  – June 2019
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