The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights

Never Again Begins in the Classroom®

aka TOLI   |   NEW YORK, NY   |  www.tolinstitute.org

Mission

The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) provides professional development seminars for educators in the US and abroad that link the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to current world events, thereby working with teachers to promote a human rights and social justice agenda in their classrooms.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Mr. Mark Berez

Main address

58 EAST 79TH STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10075 USA

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EIN

47-1989816

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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With the passing of Holocaust survivors and the rise of anti-Semitism and extremism, the need for Holocaust education has taken on a new urgency. Surveys show that a high percentage of Americans and Europeans know very little about the Holocaust. TOLI provides teachers in the US and abroad with the resources and training they need to teach the Holocaust and its lessons today. The New York Seminar is TOLI’s flagship professional development program for educators who teach about the Holocaust and other genocides. Exceptional New York Seminar participants are promoted into TOLI leadership positions where they use the seminar model to create and lead Satellite Seminars in their home states. We must provide educators with the resources and competencies they need to teach their students how to recognize and combat intolerance, bigotry, and hate.

Our programs

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New York Summer Seminar

Our eleven-day summer seminar is open to middle school, high school, and college educators from across the United States and takes places each June in New York City. The seminar encourages teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about how they teach the Holocaust, genocide, and social justice. Participants become adept at dealing with difficult material and discover how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help motivate students toward social action. Prior experience teaching the Holocaust or focusing on social injustice in the classroom is required. Applicants should have at least five years’ classroom experience and need to be at least five years away from retirement.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NEVER AGAIN BEGINS IN THE CLASSROOM. TOLI's mission is to educate teachers and students in the US, Europe, and other parts of the world about human rights and social justice through the lens of the Holocaust so that such atrocities may never happen again.

Our professional development programs target middle, high school, and college educators of any discipline and their students. The overarching goal of the seminars is to serve as a “call to action” for its participants and ultimately for their students. The seminars will help teachers and their students make connections between historical events and more recent events in the context of human rights and social justice. By linking the lessons of the Holocaust, other genocides, and intolerant acts to their lives today, students will examine their own participation against bigotry and hate in their school, community, and world. They will become empowered to shape history and speak out for change.

TOLI’s seminars will:
• Train teachers about the Holocaust, focusing on writing, inquiry, and reflection
• Help teachers create new methods of engaging students with difficult issues
• Introduce teachers to the use of new media for studying the Holocaust
• Build teachers’ knowledge of Jewish life and culture
• Help teachers address the range of emotional responses generated by studying the Holocaust and to direct that energy toward addressing
contemporary conflicts
• Connect the Holocaust and other genocides to human rights issues today.
• Encourage and support teachers in the creation of action projects in their schools and communities

Teachers return to their classrooms with an enriched understanding of the Holocaust – and a pedagogical model that, having experienced it themselves, enables them to lead their students to understand the Holocaust and engage in their own acts of remembrance and activism.

The New York Seminar is an intensive and comprehensive exploration of the Holocaust with a unique focus on extensive, personal, daily writing. Led by Sondra Perl, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Jennifer Lemberg, Ph.D. of NYU, the Seminar is comprised of rich experiences, including Holocaust scholars’ expert presentations on anti-Semitism/racism, testimonies from Holocaust survivors, immersion in Jewish life and culture, and discussions of best teaching practices. Teachers develop a profound understanding of the history of the Holocaust and its implications in contemporary genocides, with a thorough grounding in resources, curriculum development, and effective pedagogical techniques. In addition, teachers become aware of their own journeys in learning, emerging motivated, equipped, and empowered to share their experiences with their students, colleagues, and communities. Other Holocaust education programs are brief and focus on teaching about the Holocaust; TOLI’s in-depth training allows teachers to confront the Holocaust’s horrors and use stories of collaborators and survivors to examine their own and their students’ social activism.

Since 2006, TOLI has provided comprehensive Holocaust education to more than 3,200 teachers and 450,000 students. Talented teachers with exceptional leadership skills who complete our New York Seminar receive additional training to become leaders of TOLI Satellite Seminars in their home states. In 2021, 16 seminars based on the TOLI model will be held throughout the US, five of which are in new states. In Europe, TOLI seminars have expanded to nine countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Ukraine. TOLI will be adding more US and worldwide seminars in the coming years.

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The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
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Board chair

Mr. Mark Berez

Organizational demographics

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