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Understand Simon Wiesenthal Center's Mission

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global human rights organization researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context. The Center confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. With a constituency of over 400,000 households in the United States, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE, Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Jerusalem.

The Center’s educational arm, founded in 1993 challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. The Museum has served over 5 million visitors with 350,000 visiting annually including 150,000 students. Over 1.5 million children and youth have participated in the Museum experience and its programs. Over 200,000 adults have been trained in the Museum’s 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.

A multi-faceted educational institution and social laboratory in the heart of Jerusalem that speaks to the world and confronts today’s important issues – like global antisemitism, extremism, hate, human dignity, and responsibility, and promoting unity and respect among Jews and people of all faiths. A place that teaches that greater than any external threat is the internal divide that separates and reinforces the idea that Jewish unity is not a slogan, but an essential recipe for survival in the 21st century. The three-acre, 180,000 square foot facility will house two experiential museums, one for adults and one for children, a state-of-the-art International Conference Center, Grand Hall, Education Center offering training programs and seminars given by outstanding teachers, rabbis and experts, and a Theater for the Performing Arts hosting important films and concerts.

The MOTNY, located in the heart of Manhattan, challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace and in the community. Additionally, the MOTNY is a professional development multi-media training facility targeting educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government practitioners. Modeled after the successful Tools for Tolerance® Program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Museum of Tolerance - New York provides participants with an intense educational and experiential daylong training program. Over 10,000 adults have been trained in the Museum’s 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.

The film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was created to produce theatrical documentaries to educate both national and international audiences. It focuses on the 3,500-year old Jewish experience as well as contemporary human rights and ethics issues. Moriah has produced 11 films to date, two of which have received the Academy Award™ for best feature documentary, The Long Way Home (1997) and Genocide (1981).

The Campus Outreach division was created to forge strategic alliances with campus groups, faculty, staff and students, to foster a new awareness of contemporary human rights, social justice and ethics in today’s college and university students. By exposing the truth behind anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, by promoting human rights and dignity, by standing firmly with Israel, and by celebrating our unique identity as Jews, campus outreach is creating a strong and effective presence on campuses nationwide and giving a voice to the next generation of global human rights activists.

Rabbi Marvin Hier -- Dean and Founder

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean Rabbi Meyer H. May, Executive Director

Simon Wiesenthal Center Board of Trustees

Simon Wiesenthal Center Officers

Programs and Services

Over the last year, the programs and services provided by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, including its Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and the New York Tolerance Center, have impacted greatly on people the world over.

The Prime Ministers
The Prime Ministers
, Moriah Films’ thirteenth production, looks at six decades of Israel’s history—from its founding until the early 21st century. Based on the best selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, the documentary takes the audience inside epic moments in the lives of Israel’s Prime Ministers, bringing to life never before revealed stories about Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres as well as Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Personalities ranging from Henry Kissinger, Margaret Thatcher and Moshe Dayan to Harry Truman, Anwar Sadat, and Princess Diana appear in The Prime Ministers.

The film’s first half, “The Pioneers”, premiered in Los Angeles in April 2013, and focuses on Ambassador Avner’s years working with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and highlights behind the scenes details of the Six Day War, the development of Israel’s close strategic relationship with the U.S., the fight against terrorism, and the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath. The film’s second half, “The Soldier and the Scholar”, which will be released later in 2014, explores Ambassador Avner’s experiences working with Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin and the early efforts at negotiating agreements with Egypt, the raid on Entebbe, Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem, the Camp David Accords, the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear facility, the war in Lebanon, the Oslo Accords and the ongoing struggle to make peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors and the Palestinians.

“Production and distribution of this film was made possible, in large part, through the support, coordination and financial assistance of the Office of Holocaust Issues, U.S. Department of State”

Digital Terrorism and Hate 2013, the annual interactive report produced by the Center, focuses on tens of thousands of websites and details how the Internet has become a virtual university for terrorism and has emerged as the nerve center for training, recruitment, and terrorist activities in the Middle East. Digital Terrorism is available in English, French and Spanish and has been distributed to government agencies, community activists, educators, and members of the media.

e-Response Magazine, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's online publication, is sent to the Center's 400,000+ members, government officials, and members of the media and details the Center's vast social action agenda and its programs throughout the world. 

eResponse correspondents:

• Shimon Samuels, Europe
• Sergio Widder, Latin America
• Avi Benlolo, Canada
• Efraim Zuroff, Israel

The Center's educational arm, the Museum of Tolerance, has had nearly 350,000 visitors this past year including 150,000 youth. As part of its Tools for Tolerance® program, 7,000 members of Law Enforcement have participated in cutting-edge training for frontline providers. Landmark exhibitions displayed in the Museum have included: Simon Wiesenthal: The Conscience of the Holocaust; Liberation; Lawyers Without Rights; and Witness to Truth - A Tribute To Our Holocaust Survivors. Through the Museum's Arts and Lectures programs, films on varying subject matters have been screened and lectures by distinguished authors have been attended by the public.

The Museum of  Tolerance New York, in the heart of Manhattan, is the only training facility of its kind for professional training and youth education with over 10,000 people particpating in the programs provided.

Simon Wiesenthal Center, Inc.
(a nonprofit corporation)

Consolidated Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets


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     Museum diversity training courses


     Museum of Tolerance New York


     Moriah Documentary Films




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