Educational Institutions

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County Inc

  • Glen Cove, NY
  • www.holocaust-nassau.org

Mission Statement

To teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach.  We teach the dangers of antisemitism, racism, bullying and all other manifestations of intolerance.  We promote resistance to prejudice and advocate respect for every human being.

Main Programs

  1. Holocaust Programs
  2. Tolerance and Anti-bullying Programs
  3. Annual Juried Competition
  4. Annual Tolerance and Anti-bullying Conferences
  5. Videoconferencing Programs
Service Areas

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New York

Nassau, Suffolk, Queens Counties.

ruling year

1994

Chairman

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Mr. Steven Markowitz

Keywords

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Holocaust, Anti-bullying, Tolerance, Jewish History, Holocaust Education

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EIN

11-2989200

 Number

8524966215

Physical Address

Welwyn Preserve 100 Crescent Beach Road

Glen Cove, NY 11542

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Overview

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Founded 20 years ago, the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) is the pre-eminent Holocaust resource on Long Island. Featuring a contemporary museum, the Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive education program providers in the region. Since 2007, nearly 210,000 youth, educators, employees and law enforcement personnel have participated in the Center’s education programs.
After two decades of program development, the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center has fashioned a superb program model and established a high degree of credibility among educational institutions, community members and funders. Many of the schools that visit the Center are repeat visitors, which is testimony to the positive impact that the educators feel we have on the school’s climate. 
For classes that are unable to visit the Center, we offer the unique opportunity to meet and interact with a Holocaust Survivor via videoconferences.  We have been nationally recognized by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration for outstanding service to schools across the United States and around the world for the last 2 consecutive years.
In addition, we have been at the forefront of Tolerance and Anti-Bullying education since 2005 and our programs align with the New York State Common Core Standards for grades 5 through 12.  Due to increased requests, we have expanded our workshops this academic year to fourth grade students.  Our Anti-Bullying and Tolerance programs also align with the mandates of The New York State Dignity Act, which went intoeffect on July 1, 2012.   Simultaneously, our New York State Dignity Coordinator Training prepares educators and support staff to respond effectively to bullying and harassment and to intervene appropriately.

Programs

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Program 1

Holocaust Programs

The lessons from the Holocaust hold ever greater relevance today, with the acceleration of genocidal violence, the expansion of refugee communities, and the deterioration of human rights. Our Holocaust Program provides students with a contextual, relevant history of the Holocaust. The interactive, multimedia program includes an age-appropriate tour of our museum, eyewitness testimony from a Holocaust Survivor or Liberator, and tailored dialogues to promote reflection and retention. Two of the primary lessons of the Holocaust are to teach students how to recognize intolerance, and how to take action safely and effectively against any form of bias or injustice—from bullying to genocide. All Center Education Programs, when used in conjunction with the preparatory and follow up materials provided, comply with the New York State Common Core Standard for grades 5 to 12. In English Language Arts, our programs promote content area reading and writing, listening and speaking, and language usage appropriate to grade level. In addition, the museum exhibit and supporting educational materials contribute to literacy in History, Geography, and Science, predominantly through informational text, using an interdisciplinary approach.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 2

Tolerance and Anti-bullying Programs

Advances in communication technology have transformed school bullying into publicized persecution with global ramifications. The victimization of bullying is now caught on camera and broadcast into cyberspace. Some young people have felt that the only way to escape their torment was to end their lives. These preventable tragedies have forced society to create new terms to describe the horror of suicide due to bullying: bullycide and cybercide. Suicide prevention can sometimes begin with a simple intervention during a bullying incident. Bullying in all its manifestations (cyber, verbal, social, physical or sexual) can be stopped. Our interactive, multimedia Tolerance and Anti-Bullying Workshops not only educate students about the roles they choose (bully, bystander or Upstander), but they also provide safe, effective tools to challenge prejudice and harassment. Trained facilitators, films, activities, and small group discussions help students examine and reflect upon their choices and actions. Our Tolerance and Anti-Bullying Workshops fulfill New York Social Studies Standards 2, 3 and 5, Cultural Diversity, World History and Geography, and Individual Development and Identity. It also conforms to all four New York ELA Standards, Use of Language in various forms for Understanding, Response and Expression, Analysis and Evaluation, and Social Interaction.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 3

Annual Juried Competition

Each spring, the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center offers competitions for students centered on a theme of social justice, tolerance, and respect for diversity. The competitions offer students the opportunity to showcase their creative talents. Categories are: Literature, Art, Music, and Multimedia. Separate judging occurs for middle school and high shool entries. The annual competitions culminate at our annual awards ceremony in May. First place winners in Literature and Music present their submissions at the ceremony. First place Art entries appear on our website and on the cover of our printed Competition Journal. Both first and second place winners receive United States Bonds. Honorable mentions are published and publicly recognized. All students who submit an entry receive a certificate of participation. Competition conforms to NYS Social Studies Standards 2, 3, & 5; ELA Standards 1-4.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 4

Annual Tolerance and Anti-bullying Conferences

Each October, the Center invites student leaders from across Long Island to participate in a half-day conference. Students hear from a keynote speaker, an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary courage at intervening or preventing intolerance, and then small groups form to dialogue with each other to exchange ideas and action plans to combat bullying or prejudice in their own schools. Annual Middle School Conferences fulfill NYS Social Studies Standards 2, 3 &5; ELA Standards 1-4.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 5

Videoconferencing Programs

For classes that are unable to visit our Center, we offer the unique opportunity to meet and interact with a Holocaust Survivor via videoconferences. One-hour sessions include a brief historical overview which provides a context for the Survivor’s testimony. Following the Survivor’s oral history, students have the opportunity to ask questions and exchange thoughts on current events and their own personal experiences with prejudice. These programs have a profound impact despite the geographical distance between participants. Sessions can be tailored to the audience. Possible topics include: Resistance by children and teens; Rescue actions and the Heroes who saved children; Childhood during oppression and persecution; Surviving genocide and transcending trauma. We serve schools across the nation and the world. This program conforms to National Social Studies Standards 2, 3, 5, 6, 9 & 10; ELA Standards 6 & 8-12.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

$25,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Nassau, Suffolk, Queens Counties.

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Funding Needs

Students, teachers, employers, law enforcement personnel and other professionals benefit from the broad array of educational programming offered by the Center.  We have traditionally been able to offer our programs and services free of charge, including the underwriting of bussing costs for students and transportation costs for Holocaust Survivors and Liberators.  Funding covers all aspects of our educational programs, including stipends for facilitators, transportation and materials.

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THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL & TOLERANCE CENTER OF NASSAU COUNTY INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Chairman

Mr. Steven Markowitz

BIO

Steven Markowitz is the former Chairman and founder of MultiState Associates, Inc., one of the premier
government relations consulting firms specializing in state and local legislative, regulatory and procurement
issues and the largest lobbying company in the United States.

Prior to establishing MultiState Associates Inc. in 1984, Mr. Markowitz spent eleven years with the
Continental Group, Inc. (formerly the Continental Can Company), a $6 billion packaging, forest products,
energy and insurance company. He was the senior company executive responsible for federal, state, local and
international government affairs. From 1966 to 1973, he was Economic Advisor and Legislative Assistant to
Congressman Bob Eckhardt of Houston, Texas.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Markowitz, after serving as a Vice Chairman for six years, was
elected Chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in September 2012. He
also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Great Neck Arts Center and as a member of the
Board of the Great Neck Student Aid Fund. Mr. Markowitz is a Past President and a lifetime Trustee of
Temple Israel of Great Neck and is a member of the Long Island Board of the Jewish Community Relations
Council. He is a Vice Chairman of the Nassau County Democratic Committee, President of the Great Neck
Democratic Club and a member of the Nassau County Legislative Redistricting Commission. He also serves
on the Board of Zoning and Appeals for the Village of Great Neck.

Mr. Markowitz, a native of Brooklyn, New York, graduated from Stuyvesant High School, did his
undergraduate work at Harpur College, State University of New York at Binghamton, and earned graduate
degrees in economics from George Washington University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Steven Markowitz

MultiState Associates

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2015

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