I am a School Social Worker in an elementary school and the Center's volunteers came to run two programs for my 4th and 5th graders. The program was very beneficial to our 4th and 5th graders to learn about bullying and to see the connection to the Holocaust. The most important piece is to change the bystander into an upstander!!!
As Vice Chair of the HMTC, I am very proud to recommend a visit to our center and a visit our website to learn about us and our important mission.
In volunteering at the Holocaust Memorial, I was able to observe and take part in some of the most altruistic work I had yet seen. The commitment of those who work there towards the education of young people about discrimination and injustice is paralleled only by their kindness and openness towards newcomers. They take their positions very seriously-- with enthusiasm and dedication to they work. I truly believe this is a wonderful organization.
I bring classes of college student to HMTC for a required visit to a Holocaust museum or memorial. The tours that have been led by Dr. Sarah Cushman are EXCELLENT and highly appropriate for my students. I have had very unpleasant experiences at larger museums where the docents are more familiar with younger students. I always receive positive feedback from my students who are further enlightened even after the mid-point of the semester studying the Holocaust.
I have also personally benefited by attending excellent educator and special event programs at the HMTC.
Because of this wonderful institution, I have learned so much about the struggles faced by so many innocent people during this horrific time of history. When I say that is changed my life, I am not exaggerating at all. Walking through its halls, listening to the survivors tell their inspiring stories, and feeling the presence of the spirits of those who perished so needlessly has made me even more sensitive to bias, racism, and intolerance. The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center has inspired me to share their message of peace and tolerance with my students.
Volunteering at the Center for the last three years has been an incredible experience of community, education and personal growth. I have had the great pleasure of working with and learning from volunteers, professional staff, visitors and students. There has never been a day spent there that has not exposed me to a new experience, relationship or learning.
Being a part of this organization has been so gratifying. The work of educating students about the Holocaust as it relates to their world; seeing them respond to the testimony of Survivors, hearing their comments about how they relate the lessons of the Holocaust to the occurrence of bullying in their schools, is a powerful experience for everyone involved.
I am a Holocaust survivor and volunteer sharing my experiences via video conferences to students of all ages to all parts of the country, as well as canada and even overseas. The Glen Cove Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center, carefully plans and coordinates thes events so that everything runs smoothly. The adminstrators-Drs. sarah cushman and Beth Lilach and other staff members as well as volunteers make it happen so that everything is running smoothly and successfully. The feed back from students and teachers is very appreciative. Everyone works tirelessly and with a great deal of devotion and enthusiasm. I LOVE being a volunteer there!
I have been an educator for 30 years. The Nassau County Holocaust and Tolerance Center has been a part of my life for at least 15 years. I have been a part of the center's educational programs and have brought my classes there as well as participated in their literary competitions. I am now in retirement an active member of the Educaional advisory committee and my husband and I both volunteer for all programs at the center. When I am at the center I feel terrific about the mission and dedication of this wonderful center. It is imperative in our world of intolerance today to honor the center.
I have been working at The Holocaust and Tolerance Center of Nassau County for the past three years. It has been an extremely rewarding experience. I take children from fifth grade to high school as well as adults through the museum to teach them about The Holocaust. I also teach anti bullying classes to grades four through high school which has been a very rewarding experience for me. I have had the privilege of meeting and listening to the testimony of survivors of The Holocaust as well. Doing this has made me a better person.
The Holocaust and Tolerance Center of Nassau County uses the lessons of the Holocaust to teach about the intolerances we are still facing today. The Center has anti-bullying classes from the 4th grade through 12th grade. With the rise of bullying in schools today it is vital that children be taught how to deal with a bully as well as how to deal with cyber bullying.The Center provides this service to schools in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Classes that come to the Center for a Holocaust Program have the privilege of hearing testimony from a survivor of The Holocaust. The Center not only provides education about The Holocaust, it uses these lessons to teach children, young adults and adults about tolerance and how to be an upstander rather than a bystander.
I have been involved with the HMTC for over 10 years and the work that is done there is amazing. I am a child of Holocaust survivors and the Center makes it possible for me to carry on my parents' stories to help promote tolerance and acceptance of all people. The students learn how little acts of prejudice and bullying can mushroom into something as horrific as the Holocaust. The students really respond to all of the survivors' testimonies and the museum tours and it makes it real to them. I have had students tell me that they were going to try to be upstanders when faced with a choice of doing the right thing when someone else is in trouble. It is extremely rewarding work.