Rachael regularly teaches classes and gives presentations about Follow My Footprints. She has spoken to communities around the country including, but not limited to : Moore College of Art, Gratz College Tuzman Holocaust Teach-In, Wheelock College, Kutz Summer Camp, Various Hadassah Chapters, and over a dozen synagogues throughout the Northeast Region.

To request a speaking engagement, please contact : rachaelcerrotti@gmail.com

“Rachael Cerrotti brings a powerful, personal, and deeply relevant voice to any community wanting to grapple with our global past and with heartbreaking current events. Her combination of extensive knowledge of World War II and her grandmother’s journeys is matched by her passion for justice for displaced peoples today. I have seen her work with both adults and teens, and would highly recommend bringing her in to teach and/or present. She will tailor her material to your community’s needs, and use multimedia resources to draw in and engage participants.
— Rabbi Shoshana, Temple Sinai, Brookline, M

For teen and young adult classes, workshops can be molded to aid students in better understanding the refugee crisis and to build empathy for immigrants assimilating into present-day America. Contemporary chapters of this work paired with historical context provide a necessary opportunity to have challenging conversation in a safe space.

For adult education, Rachael often focuses on the personal journey she took following in her grandmother’s footprints, the strong friendships she has formed with the descendants of those who aided in her grandmother's survival and the lessons of how trauma and resilience are passed down from generation to generation. 

The project addresses the fragility of democracy and highlights ordinary people who have taken extraordinary risk in times of uncertainty; it aims to inspire a consciousness of how our own narratives are interwoven with those of our neighbors.

Current popular themes for presentations and classes include : World War II, Displacement, Unsung heroes, The Rescue of the Danish Jews, Refugee Crisis (past and present), Family History


2018 Classes : 

Temple Israel of Boston (MA) : Retracing Family History (Adult Education)

Temple Sinai (MA) : Rescue of the Danish Jews (7th & 8th Grade)

Temple Isaiah (MA) : Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust (11th Grade)