Welcome to The Olga Lengyel Institute

  • A student in Mike Madden’s class in Sugar Land, Texas, prepares the Hall of Remembrance to prepare for a community-wide event. [...continue reading]
  • Students in in Boise, Idaho celebrate their accomplishments in the “Story, Humanity, Home” project led by Diane Williams. [...continue reading]
  • Seminar Participant Michelle Sadrena Clark (’13) with President Obama at the USC Shoah Foundation Gala in Los Angeles. [...continue reading]
  • HEN teachers and faculty create portrait boxes on day 1 of the summer seminar. [...continue reading]
  • Irving Roth, Holocaust survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center- Temple Judea, speaks with participant Andrea Kirkpatrick. [...continue reading]
  • Concluding an all-day writing marathon at the Voices of Liberty exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan. [...continue reading]
  • Rabbi Greg Wall brings klezmer music to our classroom, Auschwitz survivor Olga Lengyel’s former dining room. [...continue reading]
  • After days of immersion in Holocaust history and testimony, HEN teachers and faculty enjoy an evening in NY harbor aboard Captain Pat’s schooner. [...continue reading]
  • HEN teachers approach the memorial at the entry gate to the Majdanek concentration camp in Lublin, Poland. [...continue reading]
  • Teachers in the 2013 Leadership Institute held at John Jay College, CUNY, receive advanced training before mounting seminars in their home states. [...continue reading]


For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact info@tolinstitute.org

TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)

The mission of TOLI is to educate students in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world about human rights and social justice through the lens of the Holocaust and other genocides so that such atrocities may never again take place.

To accomplish its mission, 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. Read more about TOLI.

Holocaust Educators in Action

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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Announcing 2019 TOLI Seminars

In 2019 TOLI has scheduled seminars in ten U.S. cities and eight European countries. In addition, TOLI’s flagship New York City seminar will be held June 16-27th. Teachers will be receiving professional training by TOLI, focusing on the Holocaust and its lessons for today. United States: Salisbury, Maryland – POSTPONED until 2020 Amherst, Massachusetts – July 15-20 […continue]

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Bringing Art into the Classroom: Stefani Sobol-Pastor

For Stefani Sobol-Pastor, being an educator runs in the family—her four siblings and mother all work in the field. So it’s no surprise that around the age of twenty, the path to teaching, as she puts it, “found her.” Today, she uses her degrees in Theology and Philosophy to teach 11th and 12th graders at Seton-LaSalle High […continue]

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TOLI & Yad Vashem Present Webinar for TOLI Teachers

  We are so pleased to announce the webinar series, Women in the Holocaust, that has been created by educators at Yad Vashem and is being run exclusively for teachers in our network. On Sunday March 3, 2019, 45 teachers across the US as well as those living in Austria, Romania and South America, participated […continue]

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