Category Archives: TOLI News

Kyiv, Ukraine

Over 30 teachers from throughout Ukraine gathered in Kyiv (Kiev) from November 1-5 for a TOLI seminar on teaching the Holocaust and applying its lessons to today’s world. The seminar was organized in partnership with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies (UCHS) and the Jewish Community of Ukraine.   “Convening this program in a country […continue]

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Japanese Rescuer Sugihara Remembered in Vilnius

From October 27-31 in Vilnius, Lithuania, TOLI conducted an intensive seminar for teachers in a country where over 240,000 Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Joining with local partners, the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania, the Lithuanian Jewish Community, and the Vilna Gaon […continue]

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TOLI Hosts Talented Scholars from Scandinavia and Bulgaria

On a warm Friday afternoon in October, 13 graduate students from Scandinavia and 3 from Bulgaria gathered with TOLI Director Dr. Sondra Perl and Thanks to Scandinavia Executive Director Kelly Ramot to celebrate scholarships they had all received from the latter nonprofit organization ( The gathering at the Memorial Library was both social and academic giving these scholars a […continue]

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Jewish Telegraphic Agency- Lithuania’s Holocaust record is an ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius

    Lithuania’s Holocaust record is an ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius OCTOBER 29, 2019 8:05 AM (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Lithuania said the European nation’s Holocaust-era history is “an open wound” and called on local patriots to teach history “honestly” because “people have to know what happened here.” Yosef Levy’s […continue]

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“A Multi-Generational Approach to Holocaust and Social Justice Education” Milwaukee (Fox Point), Wisconsin

“A Multi-Generational Approach to Holocaust and Social Justice Education,” TOLI’s Milwaukee (Fox Point), Wisconsin seminar, took place July 28-Aug 2, 2019. The cohort spent time learning about the rise of antisemitism in Nazi Germany and the current state of anti-Semitism. Educators met with Rabbi Ron Shapiro, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shalom, to learn about the […continue]

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“Honoring Resilience: Learning from the Holocaust and Dakota Exile” St. Cloud, Minnesota

TOLI’s Minnesota seminar, “Honoring Resilience: Learning from the Holocaust and Dakota Exile,” was held August 4-10th, 2019, and began its first full day exploring iconic images of the Holocaust, reviewing the history of Native Peoples, and learning more about hatred, genocide, and anti-Semitism. Minnesota educators learned about the Jewish resistance through recording their stories, and […continue]

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2019 New York City Summer Seminar

On a warm Sunday evening in June, 26 teachers from across the country gathered at the Olga Lengyel Institute for the first time.  TOLI’s 2019 summer seminar began with a short reception—an opportunity to create connections that would be built upon over the next 11 days.  During this time the teachers shared their identities, forged […continue]

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Poland Seminar: From Warsaw To Krakow And Auschwitz

32 Teachers heard testimony from Holocaust survivors, Confronting anti-Semitism   The second annual Poland seminar opened in Warsaw, hosted by the Museum of the History of Poland’s Jews (TOLI partner), and continued to Krakow, from where participants visited Auschwitz and concluded with the Jewish heritage festival.  Thirty-two teachers from throughout Poland attended the program, along […continue]

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Reclaiming Our Humanity: Jackson Mississippi

In Jackson, MS, 20 teachers joined in an effort to restore, repair, and reclaim humanity at the 2nd annual TOLI seminar, Reclaiming Our Humanity: Lessons of the Holocaust for Today. Teachers made connections between the anti-Jewish laws of Nazi Germany and the oppressive Jim Crow laws that were enforced in the Southern United States during […continue]

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Worlds Apart But Not Strangers: Learning From Holocaust & Native American Experience to Confront Extremism and Intolerance

Worlds Apart But Not Strangers brought together 25 teachers from Montana and Idaho to learn about the Holocaust and mass persecution of Native Americans. The program included visits to North Cheyenne reservation, tribal sacred grounds (see photo above), and the Bighorn battlefield in southern Montana. The group also visited the Beth Aaron Synagogue and received an overview of Judaism […continue]

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