Past Events

The Simon Wiesenthal Center - New York Office hosts numerous special events including lectures, book signings, film screenings and cocktail receptions at the Museum of Tolerance New York.


Educator Open House at the MOTNY

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 anytime between
4pm - 7pm

Come and learn more about education programs at the Museum of Tolerance New York.

We offer full day teacher and student programs and 2 hour group tours.


Generations Against Genocide (GvG) Cocktail Party

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Generations Against Genocide (GvG) hosted a cocktail party at the Cosmopolitan Cafe to bring attention to the plight of victims of genocide worldwide. GvG, a division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was founded by the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, co-chairs Gerald Barad and Lisa Weitzman. The event was a fundraiser for GvG’s current endeavors, which include underwriting the Tools for Teens program at the Museum of Tolerance New York and supporting the work of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda.


Dr. Joseph Kurtzeba

The Contract: A Life for a Life

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 6:30pm

The Museum of Tolerance New York hosted guest speaker Dr. Joseph S. Kutrzeba, author of The Contract: A Life for a Life. Dr. Kutrzeba read excerpts from his memoir, which tells the story of a 13-year-old Jewish boy in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II who joins the Resistance group, escapes a death train, and finally is sheltered by a Catholic priest who saves his life.  The reading was followed by a reception and book signing.













L-R: Bret Stephens and Walter Russell Mead







L-R: Rabbi Meyer May, Bret Stephens, Walter Russell Mead, SWC Trustee Allen Adler


Dorothy Gardner Adler Lecture

The Gathering Storm: Iran, the West and Antisemitism

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

In cooperation with the 92nd Street Y, the Simon Wiesenthal Center presented its annual Dorothy Gardner Adler lecture, The State of Antisemitism, titled “The Gathering Storm: Iran, the West and Antisemitism.” The lecture was delivered this year as a conversation between Walter Russell Mead of The Council on Foreign Relations and Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal. 






L-R: Consul General of Israel Asaf Shariv,
Liah Hoensbroech, Mark Weitzman


Holocaust Remembrance Day

Monday, April 12, 2010

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Simon Wiesenthal Center was proud to co-host a Yom HaShoah program at the Museum of Tolerance New York with the Israeli Consulate. The program featured a screening of the film “Saviors in the Night” with special guest, actress Liah Hoensbroech, one of the film’s leading characters.









SWC Forum Series Presents:

Professor Dina Porat, Head of The Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv University

Jewish Revenge after the Holocaust - Myth and Reality

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 6:30pm

On March 10th we are proud to welcome Tel Aviv University Professor Dina Porat for a talk entitled "Jewish Revenge after the Holocaust - Myth and Reality" at the New York Tolerance Center. Professor Porat will discuss and sign copies of her book The Fall of a Sparrow: The Life and Times of Abba Kovner, recipient of the 2009 National Jewish Book Award.


SWC Forum Series presents Professor Robert Wistrich
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

We are pleased to welcome back Professor Robert Wistrich, Director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Hebrew University to discuss his book, A Lethal Obsession: Antisemitism - From Antiquity to the Global Jihad, scheduled for release January 5th by Random House.


SWC Forum Series presents Professor Emil Draitser
September 15, 2009

As part of the 2009 Forum Series, the New York Tolerance Center hosted a reading by Professor Emil Draitser, of his memoir, "Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin." His latest work, the memoir serves as a testimony to and reminder of the lasting impact of Stalinism in light of the current rise of xenophobic and ultra-nationalistic movements in Russia. Professor Draitser's powerful talk was followed by a lively question and answer session and book signing.


Photo: Ronald Glassman


Not On Our Watch
May 1, 2009

Academy AwardTM-nominated actor Don Cheadle and leading human-rights activist John Prendergast joined high school students from the New York metro area to discuss their mission to end genocide in Darfur and beyond as well as their new book Not On Our Watch on May 1st at Simon Wiesenthal Center’s New York Tolerance Center. Both shocked and energized by this ongoing tragedy, Cheadle teamed up with Africa expert and activist John Prendergast to focus the world’s attention and write an empowering new book, Not On Our Watch. Beginning with each writer’s story of how they came to activism, Not On Our Watch recounts a brief history of the atrocities in the Sudan, explains the politics behind U.S. involvement in the region, describes successful efforts of citizen action, and gives practical strategies that every one of us can adopt to help bring about change.

NBC Today news anchor and Dateline NBC co-anchor Ann Curry moderated the Q&A discussion with the authors and the students. A book signing and photo-op followed the discussion.


Photo: Ronald Glassman



Brooklyn Friends School Program
February 19, 2009

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s New York Tolerance Center hosted 30 students from the Brooklyn Friends School for a special program on the crisis in Darfur on Wednesday, February 14.  During their tour, the students experienced the NYTC's Power of Words, In Our Time and the Millennium Machine.  The program continued with a Living History Lunch students conducted a live question and answer discussion with Yahya Osman, a survivor of Darfur whose brother was assassinated in 1995 after being accused of attempting to overthrow the fascist regime.  Mr. Osman left Sudan in 1996 and became very active in promoting Sudan civil rights and democracy while in Dubai, Thailand, and Chad.  He was followed by Sudanese intelligence in all of these places and chose the United States as his safe haven where he could continue advocating for civil rights, democracy and freedom.  Mr. Osman was one of the first people in New York to sound the alarm regarding the crisis in Sudan, first through the Darfur People’s Association of New York and now the Darfur Rehabilitation Project.


Photo: Ronald Glassman

Winning team with (back row from left) Lisa Weitzman - Leadership Society Chair, Jon Adamsky - Event Organizer, Coach Josh Levy, Ethan Zohn, and Ken Podziba.


"Soccer for Tolerance" Day
October 29, 2008

The Simon Wiesenthal Center New Leadership Society in New York hosted a "Soccer for Tolerance" day at the New York Tolerance Center on October 29. Teams from Harlem Youth Soccer, Bayard Rustin and the Manhattan Soccer Club did a short tour of the NYTC and then participated in a round robin tournament in Chelsea. The day was hosted by Ethan Zohn, winner of Survivor: Africa and founder of Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit which provides African youth with theskills and support to live HIV free. The day concluded with the awarding of the first-ever Tolerance Cup by New York City Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba.



NYS Director of Criminal Justice Chauncey Parker Receives Briefing on Alarming New Trends in Internet Extremism

Rabbi Abraham Cooper (R), Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was joined by New York State Director of Criminal Justice Chauncey G. Parker (L) at the New York Tolerance Center to release Digital Terrorism + Hate 2006, an interactive CD-ROM report based on over 6,000 problematic web sites, portals, terrorist manuals, blogs, chat rooms, videos and hate games on the Internet which promote racial violence, antisemitism, homophobia, hate music, and terrorism.

The report, based on data compiled by research staff at Simon Wiesenthal Center and spearheaded by Rabbi Cooper and Mark Weitzman, the Director of Task Force Against Hate and Terrorism, demonstrates a 20% increase in the past year alone in the number of problematic sites on the Internet. 


Attending the film presentation and discussion are L-R: Christian Ender, Director, Zeitabschnitte - Time Intervals; Werner Bab, Holocaust survivor; Andrea Adam, Academic Representative Humboldt, Universitat zu Berlin; and Marc Weitzman, Director, New York Tolerance Center.


Humboldt Universitat's 14th Transatlantic Dialogue:
Zeitabschnitte des Werner Bab - Time Intervals

A Movie Presentation and Discussion
Presented in cooperation with the New York Tolerance Center

"Zeitabschnitte - Time Intervals" is a portrait of a Holocaust survivor.  Focusing on a topic that has often been touched, this movie is also the story of the relationship between an 81 year old German Jew, who has almost been killed by the Nazis, and a young German student.  Christian Ender, doctoral student at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin and director of the movie, accompanied Werner Bab, who survived Auschwitz, during the past 3 years: talking, making a movie and traveling to pursue their mission - confronting especially young people with the worst part of German history.  They are an example of what an individual can do against new tendencies of intolerance and anti-Semitism and about advocacy for human rights and international understanding.


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