Tuvia Book
Author, educator, Tour-Guide, artist

March of the Living 2018. The Tale of Two Stars

This morning, I will join 15,000 Jewish teenagers from around the world and Israel as we march through Auschwitz I to Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

Throughout history teens continue to create change and inspire. Tomorrow we will remember what it was once like to wear a yellow star. Unlike our ancestors, who had to wear the “ badge of shame” — the Yellow Star, we will have the opportunity to leave the camp. The journey will continue as we march forward to or homeland Israel celebrating our right to proudly wear “Badge of Pride” — the blue star. This is the March of the Living!

Tuvia at the entrance to Auschwitz I -March of the Living 2018. Photo(c) T.Book, 2018
About the Author
Dr. Tuvia Book was born in London and raised in both the UK and South Africa. After making Aliya at the age of 17 and studying in Yeshiva he volunteered for the IDF, where he served in an elite combat unit. Upon his discharge he completed his BA at Bar-Ilan University, as well as certification in graphic design. He then served as the Information Officer at the Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia, while earning a graduate degree in Jewish Studies. Upon his return to Israel, Dr. Book graduated from a course of study with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, and is a licensed tour guide. Tuvia has been working in the field of Jewish Education, both formal and informal, for many years. He has guided and taught Jewish students and educators from around the English-speaking world for some of Israel’s premier educational institutions and programs. Tuvia has been guiding groups for Birthright Israel since its inception and, in addition, has lectured throughout North America, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Tuvia served as a Shaliach (emissary) for the Jewish Agency for Israel as the Director of Israel and Zionist Education at the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York (Jewish Education Project). He was a lecturer/educational guide at the Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education (AMIIE) in Israel for a decade. Tuvia has lectured at both Bar Ilan University and Hebrew University. He is the author (and illustrator) of the internationally acclaimed Zionism curriculum; “For the Sake of Zion; A Curriculum of Israel Education” (fifth edition, 2017, Koren) and is at present working on his next book, a history of the Jewish people. Tuvia has a doctorate in Israel education. His dissertation title is: “Through the Soldiers’ Eyes: Exploring the Influence of a Birthright Mifgash on the Israeli Soldier Participants.”
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