Upcoming Virtual Event Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day

Join us for International Holocaust Remembrance Day as we pay tribute to those who survived the ordeal of Nazism and genocide. [...read more]

NYC Flagship Seminar drew educators from across the US, June 18-21

The NYC Flagship Seminar operated virtually with guest speakers, writing reflections, and challah baking. Our next in-person eleven-day summer seminar in NYC will take place in June 2022. [...read more]

TOLI's Senior Program Director, Sondra Perl, featured guest of the Kurt and Tessye Simon Fund for Holocaust Remembrance Kristallnacht Commemoration

The program was introduced by Rabbi Karen Companez of Temple Beth-El in South Bend, Indiana. Perl was joined by TOLI Indiana co-leaders Ashley Libben and Sarah Wilson. [...read more]

Third Annual TOLI seminar in Ukraine took place, Oct. 28-Nov.1

In partnership with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, educators developed a deeper understanding of Holocaust education and human rights in Ukraine. [...read more]

TOLI Italy Concludes International Summer Programs, August 29-September 2

Educators convened in Padua, Italy for the third TOLI Italy seminar. Participants visited Jewish cemeteries, listened to Holocaust survivor Lia Sacerdoti, and toured the stepping stones in Padua. [...read more]

TOLI program in Lithuania brings together 25 educators, Oct. 24-28

Educators took a deep dive into the history of Lithuania and European involvement in the Holocaust, heard from survivor, Assia Raberman, and took a guided tour of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum. [...read more]

TOLI Art Exhibit

Visit our TOLI Art Exhibit page to view the powerful pieces from students around the world reflecting what they have learned about the Holocaust through art. [...read more]

"My Students Will Be The Ones To Make The World A More Inclusive Place, Where No One Will Be Called 'The Other.'"

Featuring TOLI Teacher Andy Dombrowski ofChrist the King School, Lexington, KY [...read more]


Over 150 educators from across the US took part in 12 professional development seminars across the US, many of them in-person following a year of only virtual programs. The high turnout of educators was in response to the rising levels of hatred and intolerance seen in the US over the past year. These satellite programs took place in: Arizona, Oregon, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Maryland, California, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Virginia, New Mexico, as well as the New York Flagship seminar.

In Europe, TOLI programs have concluded for the summer, these programs included Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Serbia.




The Olga Lengyel Institute (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, working with teachers to promote a human rights and social justice agenda in their classrooms. 

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TOLI Teachers Recognized with Awards

We are proud of the many teachers in the US and Europe who have participated in TOLI seminars on Holocaust education and human rights. They have enriched their schools and classrooms, providing their students with a greater appreciation for social justice and democratic pluralism. Here are profiles of three of our TOLI alumni, two in the US and one in Europe.

Congratulations to Kasia Łaziuk, TOLI Program Coordinator in Poland, who recently won first prize in the international competition “My Memory, My Responsibility. In My Place,” which was organized by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Institute. Kasia’s submission details the work she has done with her students to keep Jewish culture alive in Poland. 

The photo is © Zaitz Photography.

Congratulations to Scott Lone, who was recognized with the Rolfs Educational Foundation Award by the West Bend School District. Scott attended TOLI’s Flagship seminar in 2014 and TOLI’s Leadership seminar 2016 and 2019. Scott is the founding coordinator of the satellite seminar program in Wisconsin. 
Congratulations to Toshimi Abe-Janiga, who was recognized with the Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year Award. Toshimi participated in the TOLI summer seminar in New York City in 2014 and the national TOLI leadership conference in Detroit in 2017, and she took part in the seminar in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2019. Joining TOLI’s network enabled Toshimi to connect with a community of like minded educators to whom she could reach out for support. 

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TOLI in the News

How the Holocaust shaped three generations of women

By Larry Luxner When Mignon Langnas, a nurse in a Jewish children’s hospital in Vienna, sent her small son and daughter on a ship to the United States after the […continue]

Portland Tribune – Clackamas County educators implement Holocaust curriculum

By Jaelen Ogadhoh Two Clackamas County educators are attending a five-day seminar focused on implementing Holocaust education and other instruction on racial and ethnic discrimination in Oregon. The program, called […continue]

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Broken Glass, Broken Lives: Putting the Pieces Back Together

  • Scott Lone, West Bend High School, West Bend, Wisconsin

How Can the World Community Ensure ‘Never Again’?: An Evening With Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth

  • Jennifer Rodgers, Dominion High School, Sterling, Virginia

Memory and Legacy – Migration Workshop with Rachael Cerrotti

  • Amy McLaughlin-Hatch, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, South Easton, Massachusetts

A Student’s Journey

  • Angela Frank, Springbrook Middle School, Adrian, Michigan

Graduates of TOLI Summer Seminars are eligible to apply for mini-grants to support projects in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities. Grants are awarded to support a wide variety of classroom work, visits by Holocaust survivors, field trips to Holocaust centers and other relevant sites, and extended programming and community outreach that bring Holocaust and social justice education to wider audiences.

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Graduates of our summer seminars in Europe are eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $300 for projects in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities. These grants have been  used to support teaching students about the Holocaust, human rights, Jewish life in their country or community, discrimination, tolerance, and respect for diversity.

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Satellite Programs

The Satellite Seminars bring TOLI programs to teachers across the country. These five-day seminars are designed to provide a collaborative and safe environment in which teachers can explore the difficult subject of the Holocaust and other genocides. While each Satellite focuses on local issues, the overall goal is for teachers in all of the Satellites to leave with strategies, materials, and ideas for use in their own classrooms. One long-term goal is for teachers to become advocates for social change and to return to their classrooms with action plans that will enable them and their students to have a positive impact on their communities.

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International Programs

For 2021, eight national seminars – in Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Serbia, Italy, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Spain – and one international conference in Romania are planned, all of them expected to take place in-person. Coordinated by TOLI International Programs  Director Oana Nestian-Sandu, this will be TOLI’s first transnational seminar for European teachers, bringing together educators  from 15 countries. For more information, see International Programs in 2021.

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