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SWC Museum Corp.
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Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets

   

 For the year ended June 30, 2016

 Total

 

 

 Revenue, Gains and Support

 

   Fundraising

$6,039,318

   Investment income

10,723

   Net realized and unrealized gains/losses on investments

     4,026

   Rental Income

781,462

   Other

 

 

       

Total revenue, gains and support

$6,835,529

 

 

 Expenses

 

   Program services:

 

   Fundraising

 2,731,620

  General and Administrative

2,598,670

   

 Total expenses

 $5,330,290

 

 

 Net increase in net assets

 1,505,239

 

 

 Net assets, beginning of year

 $104,813,295

 

 

 

 Net assets, end of year

 $106,318,534

 

 


 


 

Audited Financial Statement

• The Center's Annual Financial Form 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service

 



Simon Wiesenthal Center Commends Arrest in UIC Anti-Semitic Incident
CHICAGO (March 21, 2017)

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO, commends the charging of Matthew Urbanik, in connection with the anti-Semitic flyers found on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The SWC applauds the University’s efforts, in cooperation with law enforcement, to apprehend and charge the suspect and bar him from the University property.

“We appreciate the quick response in identifying and charging this individual with a felony,” said Alison Pure-Slovin, Midwest Regional Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said. “For our community, the alleged suspect sought to perpetrate a hate crime and it is critically important that anyone committing hate crimes against the Jewish community or any other group be held fully accountable before the bar of justice and in this case by the entire UIC community," Pure-Slovin added.

Commenting on the recent upsurge of anti-Semitic attacks in the United States, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, stated: “American Jewry is being targeted by extremists from multiple sources including on our nation’s campuses, where incessant anti-Israel and anti-Semitic campaigns have created a climate of intimidation. We reiterate our call for Attorney General Sessions to convene an interagency taskforce to deal with the unending waves of bomb threats against Jewish Community facilities across the US.”

For more information, please contact the Center's Public Relations Department, 310-553-9036, join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).


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The Simon Wiesenthal Center has had a presence in New York since it established its Eastern Region office over three decades ago. Based in New York City, the Wiesenthal Center has a constituency of over 100,000 member families in the Tri-State area.

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Programs of the Eastern Office Include:

• Arts and Lectures - A full range of ongoing programs and events

• Professional Development – Targeting for educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government practitioners and modeled after the successful Tools for Tolerance® Program at the Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles. Over 10,000 adults and young people have been trained in customized, professional development programs which include Tools for Tolerance®, Teaching Steps to Tolerance®, Task Force Against Hate, National Institute Against Hate Crimes, Tools for Tolerance for Teens® and Bridging the Gap.

• Dorothy Gardner Adler State of Anti-Semitism Lecture – the annual address has been generously endowed in perpetuity by Simon Wiesenthal Center Trustee Allen Adler named in honor of his mother.

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Rabbi Hier To Offer Prayer at Inauguration
As many of you know by now, Rabbi Hier has been invited to give a benediction at the inauguration on January 20th. Regardless of how you feel about the incoming President, this represents a great honor for Rabbi Hier and for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. This will be the first time in 32 years that a rabbi has been invited to speak at a Presidential inauguration.

Rabbi Hier was on KPCC this morning. The story is pasted below. Click here if you want to hear it:

 
LA rabbi to offer prayer at Trump’s inauguration
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Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, will participate in the swearing-in ceremonies on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.
 

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 LA Rabbi To Offer Prayer At Trump's Inauguration
Rabbi Marvin Hier of Los Angeles wasn’t expecting it, but last week he received an offer in a telephone call from President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural committee.
“They contacted me — the inaugural committee — and asked me if I would want to participate in the inauguration by offering a prayer,” Hier told KPCC. “I said it would be my honor to do so.”

Hier is the founder

and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. He also is the founder of Moriah Films, the Center's documentary film division, through which he has won two Academy Awards.

On Wednesday, 23 days before Trump’s inauguration, the inaugural committee announced in a statement the names of the invited clergy. Hier is one of six religious leaders — including black and Hispanic Protestant clergy and a Catholic cardinal — invited to offer prayers at next month's swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C.

According to the committee's statement, Hier will offer readings, recite an original prayer and give President-elect Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence each a benediction.


Hier, who was named the "Most Influential Rabbi in America" by Newsweek magazine in 2007 and 2008, said he would begin composing his prayer throughout the next few weeks leading up to the inauguration. The prayer, he said, will have a “21st century ring to it,” and he hopes it will remind Americans not to feel entitled, to work hard and do all they can to live successful lives.

“I’m a believer that the best is yet to come,” he said. “I do not believe that the U.S. is spiraling out of control. I’m an eternal optimist.”

Hier’s parents were immigrants from eastern Europe. In the 1920s, they fled a wave of anti-Semitism and moved to New York, where Hier was born. He moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to start the Wiesenthal Center, which functions as an international Jewish human rights organization.


The last rabbi to pray during a president’s inauguration was Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk in the 1985 inaugural of Ronald Reagan, according to the U.S. State Department’s website.

The other religious leaders include His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Pastor Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center, Reverend Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purseand The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries international.


The presidential inauguration takes place on Jan. 20.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, the National Prayer Service will take place on Jan. 21 at the Washington National Cathedral.

 

 



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Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Delegation of the Simon Wiesenthal Center headed by Rabbi Hier
Thursday, 24 October 2013

Dear Friends,

I welcome this Delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish organization for the defense of human rights. I am aware that this meeting had been planned a while ago by my predecessor Benedict XVI, you asked to visit and who remains in our affectionate thoughts and prayers.

These meetings are a concrete sign of the respect and esteem which you have for the Bishops of Rome, for which I am grateful. They are likewise an expression of the appreciation of the Pope for the task to which you have dedicated yourselves; to combat every form of racism, intolerance and anti-Semitism, to keep alive the memory of the Shoa, and to promote mutual understanding through education and commitment to the good of society.


In these last few weeks, I have reaffirmed on more than one occasion the Church's condemnation of all forms of anti-Semitism. Today I wish to emphasize that the problem of intolerance must be confronted in all its forms wherever any minority is persecuted and marginalized because of its religious convictions or ethnic identity, the wellbeing of society as a whole is endangered and each one of us must feel affected. With particular sadness I think of the sufferings, the marginalization and very real persecutions which not a few Christians are undergoing in various countries.


Let us combine our efforts in promoting a culture of encounter, respect, understanding and mutual forgiveness.

For the building of such a culture, I would like to highlight especially the importance of education, not only as the transmission of facts, but as the handing on of a living witness.
This presupposes the establishment of a communion of life, a covenant with the coming generations, which is always open to truth. To the young, we must be able to convey not only a knowledge of the history of Jewish–Catholic dialogue about past difficulties, but also an awareness of the progress made in recent decades. Above all we must be able to transmit a passion for meeting and coming to know others, promoting an active and responsible involvement of our young people. It is here that commitment to the service of society and to those most in need acquires a special value. I encourage you to continue to pass on to the young the importance of working together to reject the walls of separation and to build bridges between our cultures and our faith traditions. May we go forward with trust, courage and hope!

Shalom!


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October 3, 2013

In remembrance of painful past lies the roots of redemption for the future.

As a believer in the strong US-Japan relationship, I was impressed and assured by Ms. Caroline Kennedy’s firm commitment to representing “the powerful bonds that unite our two democratic societies” during her confirmation hearing as the next Ambassador to Japan.

And as a believer in the Jewish saying, “In remembrance lies the roots of redemption,” I was also touched by Ms. Kennedy’s reference to her father’s participation in the Pacific War and her own visit to Hiroshima. Her willingness to carry on the legacy of the painful chapter of our two countries in order to deepen our friendship gives us hope while encouraging all of us to do the same.

With such an Ambassador representing the US in Tokyo, President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima or Nagasaki now seems more likely. The symbolism of such a visit is as compelling as it is obvious. Mr. Obama has consistently pursued the goal of reducing and ultimately eliminating the threat of nuclear weapons. A visit to an atomic-bombed city would certainly provide a powerful historic and humanizing backdrop to such a sentiment, one shared by millions of people in Japan and the US and beyond. It can also send a dual message to Pyongyang that the United States stands firmly with its ally Japan even as Mr. Obama seeks to de-nuclearize this region.

However, before making any final decision, President Obama should signal that such a powerful gesture of a historic first visit of any US president to Hiroshima or Nagasaki should be accompanied by significant gestures by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

First, a clear commitment to Japan’s past apologies to the victims of the aggressive war that Imperial Japan waged. Given Prime Minister Abe’s reluctance to embrace his predecessors’ apologies offered to Asian victims, including former Comfort Women, and more recently Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso’s remarks that Japan should learn from the Nazi, reaffirming Japan’s clean break from the wartime past is a prerequisite for President Obama’s visit to pay homage to the civilian victims of Hiroshima.

Secondly, an opening of all WWII Japanese archives so that younger generations can begin the process of learning the full story of that era. Only through such learning will the foundation for true reconciliation between Japan and her former victims be established.

Thirdly, Prime Minister Abe should also encourage his country’s population to learn about the suffering of Americans at the hands of the Japanese military. In the early months of the Pacific War, approximately 27,000 US soldiers became POWs of the Japanese. They endured the infamous Bataan Death March and years of slave labor. Forty percent of them perished due to abuse and inhumane treatment. In 2010, Japanese Foreign Ministry started a program of inviting former American POWs of the Japanese. These former POWs said sharing their painful POW experience with today’s Japanese people helped them finally feel that their old wounds were healed. But many of the Japanese companies that actually abused them while forcing them to perform slave labor have not acknowledged it nor apologized. Prime Minster Abe can certainly encourage these companies to join the government’s effort for reconciliation.

For a quarter of century, Jewish human rights organization Simon Wiesenthal Center has been involved in Japan and I am particularly proud of the fact that our Japanese language exhibition, "Courage to Remember: Anne Frank and the Holocaust," has been viewed by over a million Japanese.

The Center has also been supporting former American POWs of the Japanese in their effort to educate people on their history. Its Museum of Tolerance recently screened a documentary on their POW experiences.

A visit by president Obama represents a unique opportunity for two former foes and long time democratic allies to open a chapter to the future based on mutual trust and truth. I wish Ambassador Kennedy all the best in paving the way for President Obama’s visit to Japan’s atomic ground zero. Her father would be proud and his fellow Pacific War veterans will appreciate her effort to help younger generations on both sides of the Pacific better understand the road that ran between Pearl Harbor and Nagasaki.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper,
Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
(Translated and edited by Kinue Tokudome.)



SWC Protests Abuse of Argentine National Library as a Platform for Hate
Buenos Aires, October 24, 2012
 
The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on the Director of the Argentine National Library, Horacio Gonzalez, to cancel an event entitled “Ethical Trial Of the Israeli Occupation and Colonization of Palestine”, organized by the Argentine – Palestinian Solidarity Committee scheduled for October 30.
In a letter to González, Dr. Shimon Samuels (Director for International Relations of the Wiesenthal Center) and Sergio Widder (Director for Latin America), stated that “we are outraged at the abuse of a public venue for an activity targetting a country friendly to Argentina and its trading partner with associate status in the South American Common Market – MERCOSUR”.
“The Library’s website (www.bn.gov.ar/actualidad/eventos.php?page=&safe=1491-tribunal-etico-a-la-ocupacion-y-colonizacion-por-israel-de-palestina&CurrentMonth=10/14/2012&fecha=10/09/2012&categoria=18&texto=&fechaposteriores), and the Internet website (www.ipdhal.org/?p=1786), already indicate that this is to be a show trial by a so-called ‘ethics tribunal’, where the verdict is predetermined… Just one more new exercise in Israel-bashing. Quite a betrayal of the Library’s onetime intellectual integrity and glory, when it was led by Borges”, lamented Samuels.
“Among the members of the spurious jury of this kangaroo court are Tehran’s agents in Argentina, Luis D’Elia and Fernando Esteche. What more evidence that this ‘court’ is a set up and a farce”, added Widder.
“A prestigious publicly funded institution cannot be tainted as platform for hate propaganda. The Library’s Director must announce forthwith the cancellation of this mockery”, concluded Samuels and Widder.
For further information, please contact Dr. Shimon Samuels at +336 09770158 or Sergio Widder at +54911 4425-1306.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400.000 members. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS and the Latin American Parliament.

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El Centro Wiesenthal protesta contra la utilización abusiva de la Biblioteca Nacional argentina como una plataforma para la incitación al odio
 
Buenos Aires, 24 de octubre de 2012
El Centro Simon Wiesenthal formuló un llamamiento al Director de la Biblioteca Nacional Argentina, Horacio González, para que cancele una actividad titulada “Tribunal Ético a la Ocupación y Colonización por Israel de Palestina”, organizada por el Comité Argentino de Solidaridad con el Pueblo Palestino, convocada para el 30 de octubre.
En una carta a González, el Dr. Shimon Samuels (Director de Relaciones Internacionales del Centro Wiesenthal) y Sergio Widder (Director para América Latina) señalaron que “nos indigna la utilización abusiva de un espacio público para una actividad dirigida contra un país amigo de la República Argentina, que es, además, un socio comercial del MERCOSUR”.
“Tanto el sitio web de la Biblioteca (www.bn.gov.ar/actualidad/eventos.php?page=&safe=1491-tribunal-etico-a-la-ocupacion-y-colonizacion-por-israel-de-palestina&CurrentMonth=10/14/2012&fecha=10/09/2012&categoria=18&texto=&fechaposteriores) como otros materiales que publicitan la actividad a través de Internet (www.ipdhal.org/?p=1786) indican que lo que se realizará es una puesta en escena de un proceso judicial por parte de un autodenominado ‘tribunal ético’ que ha predeterminado su veredicto. Será un nuevo ejercicio de flagelación de Israel. Toda una traición a la historia de gloria e integridad intelectual de la Biblioteca en épocas en que era liderada por Borges”, lamentó Samuels.
Entre los integrantes del jurado espurio de este tribunal que emitirá el ‘dictamen ético’ se encuentran, entre otros, los dirigentes Luis D’Elía y Fernando Esteche, ambos defensores del régimen teocrático iraní que pretende ‘borrar del mapa a Israel’. Qué otra evidencia se necesita para asegurar que nos encontramos frente a una ‘corte’ deshonesta y fraudulenta”, agregó Widder.
“Una institución prestigiosa sostenida con recursos públicos no debe ser contaminada al convertirla en una plataforma para propagandistas del odio. El Director de la Biblioteca Nacional debe anunciar de manera inmediata la cancelación de esta pantomima”, concluyeron Samuels y Widder.
Para mayor información, comunicarse con Shimon Samuels al +336 09770158 o Sergio Widder al 4802-1744 o 15 4425-1306. Si llama desde fuera de Argentina, +54911 4425-1306.
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Wiesenthal Center Rejects State Department Letter on the Exclusion of Israel from US-Sponsored Global Counterterrorism Forum
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has rejected a letter from the State Department, which failed to explain why the United States chose to exclude Israel from the 29-nation ongoing Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). A July 19, 2012 letter from Ambassador Daniel B. Benjamin, the State Department's Coordinator for Counterterrorism said that 10 months after the convening of the forum the US was "working to involve Israel in some seminal GCTC activities in the near future." (click here to read July 19 State Department letter and the Center’s original protest)

"Frankly, the Ambassador's response begs the central question. Why would the U.S State Department exclude Israel in the first place?” Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, the dean and founder and associate dean of the leading Jewish NGO asked. "As the brutal attack in Bulgaria proved yet again, Israelis are a key target of terrorism and her citizens and Jews the world over are often victimized where they work, pray, and study. In addition, Israel's expertise at counter terrorism and developing strategies to protect civilians and airports is recognized police and intelligence agencies, the world over." Failure to bring Israel's expertise to the table means America is not doing all it can to protect our citizens and other innocent civilians around the world."

"It is no secret that leaders in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan are committed it isolate Israel in International Forums and to apply a deadly double standard when it comes to the Jewish state and her supporters. That the United States would cater to such a mindset is outrageous and unacceptable. We have just seen that worldview at work as the International Olympic Committee rejected President Obama's request for a minute of silence at the 2012 Olympic Games this weekend in memory of 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games."

"The Simon Wiesenthal Center reiterates its call to Secretary of State Clinton to take the necessary steps to include Israel as a full member, along with all other countries targeted by the scourge of terror into the Global Counterterrorism Forum", Center officials concluded.


The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

For more information, please contact the Center's Public Relations Department, 310-553-9036, join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter page or mobile device.


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SWC Mourns Death of Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir
July 1, 2012

Simon Wiesenthal Center Mourns the Death of Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir


The Simon Wiesenthal Center joins the whole house of israel in mourning
the passing of former Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir who served Israel
with courage and great distinction in the struggle for the creation of
Israel and every day since the Jewish state's founding. We remember
fondly his numerous visits to the Wiesenthal center in Los Angeles. He
will be remembered as a great patriot who woke up everyday asking; " what
more can I do today to defend the State Of Israel and the Jewish people.

For more information, contact the Center's Public Relations Department, 310-553-9036.  The Simon Wiesenthal Center joins the whole house of israel in mourning


Egypt says annual Israeli pilgrimage to Jewish tomb in Nile Delta ‘impossible’ this year


Egypt says annual Israeli pilgrimage to Jewish tomb in Nile Delta ‘impossible’ this year

By Associated Press, Published: January 10 | Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 4:06 AM

CAIRO — Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it had told Israel that it would not be “appropriate” for Israeli pilgrims to make an annual visit to the tomb of a 19th-century Jewish holy man in the Nile Delta, as activists mobilized to block the pilgrimage route.

Ceremonies at the tomb of Rabbi Yaakov Abu Hatzira have triggered yearly political sparring in Egypt throughout most of the last decade, with Islamists, nationalists, and others claiming that the government by allowing the pilgrimage is pursuing an unpopular policy of normalization with the country’s former enemy.

Egypt notified Israel two months ago that it would be “impossible to hold the annual ceremony because of the political and security situation in the country,” the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

An Islamist politician involved in organizing protests against the march meanwhile said that visiting Abu Hatzira’s gravesite in the village of Daymouta, 180 kilometers (112 miles) north of Cairo would be a “suicide mission” for Israelis, because of popular opposition to their presence in Egypt.

“Normalization (of relations) with Israel is forced on the people, and the visits too come against the will of the people and despite popular rejection,” said Gamal Heshmat of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s best organized political group.

Heshmat said that activists planned to stage sit-ins and other protests to block the route as soon as they hear the pilgrims are on their way. Egypt’s daily Al-Ahram newspaper reported Tuesday that 31 parties and groups had joined this year’s campaign.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization based in Los Angeles, denounced the attempts to block the pilgrimage. In a Tuesday statement, the center’s Abraham Cooper accused the Brotherhood of trying to “curb religious freedom of Jews.”

“In their worldview, there is no respect for the traditions for Jews, dead or alive,” he said.

A son to a chief rabbi of Morocco, Abu Hatzira was revered by some Jews as a mystic renowned for his piety and for performing miracles. The elderly rabbi was making his way from his native Morocco to the Holy Land in 1879 when he fell ill and died in the Egyptian city of Damanhour near Alexandria.

According to tradition, his followers tried to move his tomb three times, and three times heavy storms prevented them.

After Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1979, Jewish devotees — mostly of Moroccan origin — have traveled annually to the site. But Egypt has limited the numbers of pilgrims.

In 2001 and 2004, two court orders banned the ceremony after opponents filed legal challenges.

Since then, both Delta residents and activist groups have denounced the ceremony. The residents complain of harassment by security forces deployed to protect the pilgrims. Activists oppose the normalization of relations with a country that Egypt fought in four wars between 1948 and 1973, and also see the defiance of the court order as part of the Mubarak regime’s general trampling of the rule of law.

In 2009, Egypt officially denied the pilgrims entry because the anniversary fell while Israel was conducing an offensive in Gaza.

A year later, the Israeli press reported that Mubarak accepted a request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lift the limits on the number of pilgrims.

The tomb is a vestige of Egypt’s once-prosperous Jewish community, which at the time of the first war with Israel in 1948 numbered about 80,000 people.

But the Arab-Israeli wars, and the resentment and expulsions that they engendered, have reduced the number of Egypt’s Jews to about 60 individuals, according to the Israeli embassy.



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