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Mon, Jan 24


The Brazilian Court Hotel Palm Beach

WITNESS: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

Ariel Burger, a devoted protégé and friend of one of the world’s great thinkers, takes us into the sacred space of the classroom, showing Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel not only as an extraordinary human being, but a master teacher.

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WITNESS: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom
WITNESS: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

Time & Location

Jan 24, 2022, 11:30 AM

The Brazilian Court Hotel Palm Beach, 301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480, USA

About the Event

Witness [is] a beautiful, deeply moving memoir by Ariel Burger…[which] asks many questions, such as: What does it mean to be a teacher? What does it mean to be a student? How can you lead a moral life? Witness makes a case for the power of teaching, and for words as perhaps the ultimate teachers of how to live.” Chicago Tribune

An accomplished scholar, in this presentation ARIEL BURGER shares his new book Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom and speaks about Wiesel's legacy and its implications today. Drawing on ancient and modern Jewish and general literature, he creates moving and transformative experiences that focus on moral empowerment, creativity, and the inner life. Ariel's deep background in strategic planning complements these themes, offering both inspiration and practical application.

ARIEL BURGER is an author, artist, and teacher whose work integrates education, spirituality, the arts, and strategies for social change. An Orthodox rabbi, Ariel received his PhD in Jewish Studies and Conflict Resolution under Elie Wiesel. A lifelong student of Professor Wiesel, Ariel served as his Teaching Fellow from 2003-2008, after which he directed education initiatives at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. A Covenant Foundation grantee, Ariel develops cutting-edge arts and educational programming for adults, facilitates workshops for educators, consults to non-profits, and serves as scholar/artist-in-residence for institutions around the U.S. When Ariel’s not learning or teaching, he is creating music, art, and poetry. He lives outside of Boston with his family.

He recently joined Krista Tippett in dialogue for a wonderful On Being episode entitled Be a Blessing. Enjoy their conversation through this link...

 Awards & Recognition 

  • A December 2018 Indie Next List Pick
  • A Publishers Lunch Buzz Book

Please note limited space available. Priority access for Coudert Institute 2022 Season Members.

Telephone us at: 561-659-6161 to renew your membership and register for this event.

There will be a Members Only evening cocktail reception with Ariel Burger at Villa dei Fiori on Sunday, January 23, 2022.


  • Non-Member

    Non-Member ticket holders are invited to the event's full programming on January 24, including luncheon.

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