Midwest Office Programs

  • Movie Events:
    We host film premieres and movie nights showcasing the fantastic documentaries produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s film division - Moriah Films. As recipients of two Academy Awards, Moriah Films focuses on the 3,500 year old Jewish experience as well as contemporary human rights and ethical issues.

  • Lectures and Discussions:
    Many of our constituents open their homes and businesses to host discussions and lectures with topics ranging from the state of human rights and anti-Semitism around the world to the nature and security of Israel. These events educate Chicagoans on pertinent topics and inspire participants to share all that they have learned, with their friends and families.

  • Educational Programming:
    Targeting volunteers from our active membership, we train eager individuals on educating children and adults in our community on practicing tolerance, fighting hate speech, and acceptance for all. We have relationships with many local public and private schools, bringing Simon Wiesenthal Center programming right to their classrooms.

  • Campus Outreach:
    Our strong partnership with the prestigious, Chicago-based, Decalogue Society of Lawyers, and AEPi Jewishfraternities across the country, allow us to plan educational events across the Midwest region. The goal is to educate students on fighting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic speech on campus and we offer them the tools and resources to confidently create a comfortable and safe educational space.

  • Annual GALA Dinner:
    Every year we host one of the most widely attended dinners in the Chicagoland area, our Spirit of Courage Dinner. Our annual fundraiser recognizes individuals in our community who have gone above and beyond emulating the mission and goals of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

  • Traveling Exhibits:
    From the Vatican and Capitol Hill to Paris and now Chicago, The “People, Book, Land Exhibit – The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People to the Holy Land”, opened for a special week-long stop at the Richard J. Daley Center. Developed by The Simon Wiesenthal Center and co-sponsored by UNESCO, the exhibit is designed to be a tool in the ongoing fight against the current resurgence of anti-Semitism. In addition, the “Courage to Remember Exhibit”, with nearly 200 original photographs, many never before seen by the general public, offers compelling, new insights into the Holocaust, has been featured at several Synagogues across the Chicago area.