June 8, 2018 -- Dr. Leatrice Rabinksy, a noted scholar who pioneered Holocaust education in CH-UH and beyond, died June 5 at age 91.
In 1973, as an English teacher at Heights High, Dr. Rabinsky created a Holocaust literature class. It became the model for Holocaust education programs across the country, according to the Cleveland Jewish News
. She also started the Journey of Conscience trips, taking students to concentration camps in Poland and Israel.
The current class, Lessons of the Holocaust, is a social studies elective and is taught by Mark Sack, a former student of Dr. Rabinsky.
From former student Ilene Shapiro, on Dr. Rabinsky's online obituary: "Her Holocaust class at Cleveland Heights High School changed my life. The summer of 1978 I met her in Israel, and together we interviewed Hannah Senesh's mother. Her passion, intelligence, and kindness were an inspiration to me. She was truly a gift to the world."
The Heights Schools Foundation recently held a reception honoring Dr. Rabinsky and other Heights High Holocaust educators. HSF continues to honor her contributions through the Holocaust Education Fund
. Created in 2012, the fund is used by the program to attend lectures, visit museums and other education experiences and programs.