Ariel Burger first met Elie Wiesel at age fifteen.They studied together and taught together. In his recently published book, Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom, Burger describes the unexpected ways that Elie Wiesel communicated the Holocaust’s universal lessons to his students. Using as a backdrop, his own personal journey from boyhood to manhood, from student and assistant to rabbi and, in time, teacher, Burger chronicles the intimate conversations between them over decades as he sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith
At this community event, Burger will share his experiences as he observed Wiesel teach what it means to be human, modeling humanity and compassion for the other in this complex world. We will explore how Wiesel used his own experiences to support those who were suffering around the world, and how he utilized the power of empathy and masterful teaching to encourage his students to change the course of history.