Past Events

 

   
 

Courage: The Vision to End Segregation. The Guts to Fight for It.

Members Only Preview Day
Sunday, February 7, 2010 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Exhibition Opening Event - By Invitation
Monday, February 8, 2010.
5:30pm Reception. 6pm Opening Program

Remarks by the Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr., California State Attorney General

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Inglorious Basterds
Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 7:00pm

Members Only Screening

RSVP required. Limited Seating (310) 772-2527. Free of Charge to MOT Members.

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Auschwitz: How Do We Remember after 65 Years?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 2:00pm

A special program to commemorate the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

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We Have a Dream
Sunday, January 17, 2010 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Monday, January 18, 2009 from 11:00pm - 4:00pm

President Obama has designated January 18th as a National Day of Community Service. Get involved with our community-wide food drive. Bring non-perishable food items on January 17th or 18th and receive $1.00 off Museum of Tolerance admission.


SPECIAL PRESENTATI ONS:
Living Voices: The Right to Dream
A unique combination of theater, video and live interaction that brings the struggle for Civil Rights to life for all ages.

Mighty Times: The Children’s March
A Southern Poverty Law Center Film
In Montgomery, Alabama in 1963 a group of children took to the streets and risked their lives in order to bring an end to
segregation. This is their story.

ART ACTIVITIES:
Create a “We Have a Dream” Cloud Collage and make your own Martin Luther King, Jr. Milestones Boardgame.
On Sunday only, join local artist, Demar Douglas, in a collective painting project.

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Triumph of the Spirit
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 7:00pm

Triumph of the Spirit, an epic story of faith during the Holocaust as experienced by Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis and her rabbinic family, testifies that the fire of faith is stronger than the fires of Auschwitz.

Special Guest, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, bestselling author and founder of Hineni.

Free Underground Parking. No Charge. Reservations Required. Call 310-772-2598
When traveling to the event, please avoid driving on single-family residential neighborhood streets.

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Give the Gift of Play

Family Sunday - Give the Gift of Play
Sunday, December 6, 2009 from 12:00pm-4:00pm

“ PLAY is a means of learning to live, not a mere passing of time.”
– The International Play Association

Celebrate the holidays at our newest special exhibition, The Power to Play: From Trash to Treasure, featuring toys handcrafted by children in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, made from recycled and other locally available materials. 

Over 100 toys are on display, on loan from ChildFund International.
Make the holidays a time of fun and excitement for many more children by participating in the Holiday Toy Drive at the Museum of Tolerance. 

Peace on Earth
Learn about holiday celebrations around the world and create wrapping paper inspired by the holiday season.

Toy Treasures
Learn about handmade toys in the exhibition, The Power to Play: From Trash to Treasure. Then create your own toys using recycled materials.

Toy Donation Drive
Bring brand new, unwrapped toys to donate to local children in need.

Creativity Contest
Enter a contest inspired by the special exhibition and have your toy displayed at the Museum!  You can enter a toy made at the MOT Toy Workshops, create a toy  at home and bring it in to the MOT, or send a photo of your toy to youthed@museumoftolerance.com*. A mystery prize will be given for the greatest amount of creativity, and the winning toys will be displayed in the museum!

Contest Guidelines:
• Toy must be created by persons 18 years of age or younger
• Toys must be made from recycled materials
• Toys can be no larger than 12”l x 12”w x 14”h

*All toy submissions will be considered donations to the museum exhibition.

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Jacob's Cane

Jacob's Cane: A Jewish Family's Journey from the four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore
An Evening with Elisa New
Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7:30pm

When Elisa New held her great-grandfather Jacob Levy’s cane for the first time in 1997, its finely crafted design led her to see that her family’s story was not the standard coming-to-America tale that she had once assumed. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery with her daughter Yael, New traveled from the suburban parlors of Baltimore to World War II battlefields to trace previous generations. Jacob’s Cane is more than one family’s mysteries unlocked: it is a story which captures the rich texture of life in Lithuania, London and America.

Elisa New is a professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University.

A book signing followed the program.

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Operation last chance

Operation Last Chance - An Evening with Ephraim Zuroff
Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 7:00pm

Sixty years after the end of World War II, members of the Nazi party and their collaborators are still alive – and are increasingly difficult to track down. And the clock is ticking. But Efraim Zuroff will not give up.

In 2002, Zuroff launched a vast campaign called “Operation Last Chance” to find the biggest Nazi criminals, before it’s too late. Combining the thrill of a detective story with the inherent poignancy of WWII history, Operation Last Chance delivers the important and moving story of one man’s efforts to being criminals to justice.

Efraim Zuroff is Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Israel.

A book signing followed the program.

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Matt & tim

Freaks and Revelations - A Program to celebrate the launch of the new book
Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:00pm

A novel based on the remarkable true story of Timothy Zaal and Matthew Boger, the perpetrator and victim of a hate crime and their reconciliation years later at the Museum of Tolerance.

Los Angeles Times reporter Anna Gorman moderated a candid conversation with Matthew, Tim and the author, Davida Wills Hurwin.

Book signing followed the program.

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Worse than war

Kristallnacht Commemoration - Night of Broken Glass
Monday, November 9, 2009 at 7:00pm

With keynote speaker Daniel Jonah Goldhagen author of the new book Worse than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity.

Special screening of excerpts from the new PBS documentary, based on his book.

Goldhagen is also the author of the #1 international bestseller, Hitler’s Willing Executioners. A former Associate Professor of Political Science and Social Studies at Harvard University, he is the son of Holocaust Survivor and retired Harvard professor Erich Goldhagen.

Book signing followed the program.

 
Native American Heritage Month

Family Sunday - Native American Heritage Month
Sunday, November 8, 2009, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Powwow Dancing
Enjoy powwow dancing and learn a powwow step!

Flute Music and Stories
Hear Bill Neal Elk Whistle’s traditional flute music and stories!

Creation Stories
Listen to storyteller Harrison Lowe share traditional stories of animals and
nature and participate in fun creation story activities!

Serra Spring
See a special performance from a new children's musical by Larissa FastHorse and Brian Joseph!

Crafts

Create your own Native American crafts!

Survivor Speaker
Hear Saginaw Grant’s story of how his traditional upbringing gave him the strength to survive government boarding school and other adversities.

Laughter is Good Medicine
Share some laughter with stand-up comedian Mylo IronBear.

Films
View diverse short films by Native Americans, including award winning selections from the Los Angeles Skins Festival.

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Once Upon a World CHildren's Book Award

2009 Once Upon a World Children's Book Award
Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Once Upon A World Children’s Book Award celebration on Sunday, November 1st at the Museum of Tolerance will honor Book Award Winners Claire A. Nivola, author and illustrator of Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai (Frances Foster Books) and Alma Fullerton author of Libertad (Fitzhenry and Whiteside).  Workshops and activities will begin at 1:00pm and the awards program, including special dramatic presentations by the National History Day Champions from Fruitvale Junior High School, will begin at 2:00pm.  Sign language interpretation will be available for the awards program.  A reception and book signing will conclude the program. 

This event is free but requires reservations via phone to (310) 772-7605 or email to bookaward@wiesenthal.net.  On November 2nd and 3rd, the Museum of Tolerance will host videoconferences with on-site and out-of-state elementary students for each of the winning books. 

Read about the Once Upon a World Children's Book Award and see previous winners.

The Once Upon A World Children’s Book Award is a presented by the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance Library & Archives.

 
Where I Stand

Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story
Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 7:00pm

Special guests Brian Greenspun and filmmaker Scott Goldstein
Convicted gun runner, Howard Hughes's secret contact, crusading newspaper publisher, target of the Watergate burglars, hero of Israel's War of Independence, Bugsy Siegel's PR Man . . these are only some of the highlights of Hank Greenspun's remarkable life.  Academy Award Winner Anthony Hopkins recounts this previously untold story of a man who's exploits are the makings of legends.

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Kimjongilia

Kimjongilia
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 7:00pm

North Korea is ruled by a totalitarian regime that monitors its citizens’ every action. Millions of North Koreans have starved to death while hundreds of thousands languish in its Gulags’ vast system of forced labor camps. KIMJONGILIA is the first film to fully expose this tragedy!

Q & A with Director, N.C. Heikin followed the screening.

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Shir Ba’Ir Daniel Pearl World Music Day Performances
Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:45pm and 1:45pm

Shir Ba'Ir (Hebrew for "Song in the City") is a mix of semi-professional singers, composers, pre-cantorial students, and others who have been singing together since 2005.  They perform familiar and traditional texts worked into new musical compositions, along with original and traditional songs arranged for a cappella. All songs are sung in Hebrew or are Jewish-themed.             

Shir Ba’Ir will be performing as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days.

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Celebrating National Diversity Month
Sunday, October 18, 2009 12pm-4pm

Visit our newest exhibition, The Power to Play: From Trash to Treasure, featuring toys handcrafted by children in Africa, Asia and the Americas, made from recycled and other locally available materials. 
All around the world
Share a little bit about yourself and your cultural traditions, while learning about other cultures.

Games Galore
What games do children play in Brazil and Guatemala? Learn about handmade games in the exhibition, The Power to Play: From Trash to Treasure. Then create your own games using recycled materials.

Compete in the creativity contest and have your toy displayed in the museum. Using the special exhibition as inspiration, you can enter toys made at the MOT Toy Workshops or create a toy at home and bring it in. A mystery prize will be given to the toy made with the most creativity and all winning toys will be displayed in the museum. 

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The Power to Play

The Power to Play - Exhibition Opening
Sunday, September 13th, 12pm-4pm

The Power to Play - From Trash to Treasure is an exhibition of toys handcrafted by children in Africa, Asia and the Americas, made from recycled and other locally available materials. Please join us for special activities for the whole family.

Mariachi Magic
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by creating artwork and musical instruments.

Toy Treasures
Learn how to make toys like those featured in the exhibition.

Creativity Contest
Have your toy displayed at the Museum! Enter the contest by making your own
toy from recycled materials. For guidelines visit www.museumoftolerance.com.

“Back To School” Supply Drive
Bring donations of school supplies to the MOT to help support several of our
local Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

89.3FM KPCC is the official media sponsor. This exhibition is made possible with generous support from lead sponsors Ralphs Grocery Co. and Jakks Pacific, Inc. and additional support from UPS and Green Toys.

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The War Against Terrorism - A First-Hand Report from India
Monday, August 24th, 7:30pm

The terror attacks in Mumbai of November 26, 2008 targeted Jews for the first time in India’s history. Francois Gautier, a longtime human rights activist based in India, shared his unique perspective on how Hindus and Jews can work together to protect their respective faiths and cultures.

Francois Gautier is a distinguished journalist, author of a dozen books on India and Hinduism and founder of FACT India, a non-profit organization fighting terrorism, human rights abuses and distortion of Indian history.

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Family Sunday - Live Green
Sunday, August 23th, 12pm-4pm

Worms, Dirt, and Saving the Planet - Compost Demonstration, 2:30pm
Rene Spencer, Environmental Specialist II from the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, demonstrated the benefits of backyard composting. Demonstration was made possible by Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division/Bureau of Sanitation

RecyCool Room - Artwork and recycled crafts workshop
Recycle, reduce and REUSE household items to make your own artwork. Display courtesy of Eco-logicalart.org

Life after Trash - Film Screenings
Discover the many lives of recycled materials. Watch “Green episodes” of Curiosity Quest with host Joel Greene. Films courtesy of CuriosityQuest.org

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Barbara Ribakove Gordon

Ethiopian Jews as 5769 ends: Triumph and Catastrophe
Thursday, August 13th, 2:30pm-4pm

Barbara Ribakove Gordon, Executive Director of The North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, who has recently returned from Ethiopia, and will speak on: “Ethiopian Jews as 5769 ends: Triumph and Catastrophe.”

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Family Sunday: Imagine Utopia
July 26, 2009

On July 26th, the Museum of Tolerance held Family Sunday, “Imagine Utopia.” Visitors were invited to imagine their perfect world and create images reflecting their thoughts. They were also be invited to write a letter to themselves, to be opened in 10 years, about their goals and aspirations of a future world.

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Open Magnet Charter School  

Grade School Students Create Museum Exhibit
June 12, 2009

On June 12, 2009, 2nd and 3rd grade students from Open Magnet Charter School visited the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) and the Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves (FOFFO) exhibit as the culmination of a yearlong project on diversity...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY  

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
Jan 21, 2008

A unique combination of theatre, video and live interaction that brings to life the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America...

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If You Save One Life  

If You Save One Life
Oct 21, 2007

An afternoon with author and survivor Eva Brown in conversation with
co-author and veteran journalist Thomas Fields-Meyer...

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THE HIDDEN FACE OF GOLD/THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO 2007  

THE HIDDEN FACE OF GOLD/THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO 2007

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most mineral-rich nations in the world. Its resources should be a blessing...

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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE WEEK  

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE WEEK
April 15, 2007

A concert and multimedia event in remembrance of Jewish composers and musicians persecuted by the Nazis. The concert will feature...

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CARLA'S LIST: AN INSIDE LOOK AT INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE  

CARLA'S LIST: AN INSIDE LOOK AT INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE
March 22, 2007

Screening of Carla's List

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MEMOIRS OF A CHILD OF SURVIVORS  

MEMOIRS OF A CHILD OF SURVIVORS
March 14, 2007

In her powerful and touching collection of essays Rebecca
Liebermann Nissel recounts the story of five generations...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING  

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
Jan15, 2007

A unique combination of theatre, video and live interaction that brings to life the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America...

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SCREENING OF CATCH A FIRE  

SCREENING OF CATCH A FIRE
Oct 21, 2006

Invites you and a guest to a special advance screening of CATCH A FIRE...

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Till Death Do Us Part:  

Till Death Do Us Part
Sep 06, 2006

As courts across the country and in California weigh in on this controversial issue, experts on both sides will take a serious...

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Aug 13, 2006

Fiddler On The Roof is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater...

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FAMILY SUNDAY  

FAMILY SUNDAY
Aug 27, 2006

Fiddler On The Roof is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater...

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The Museum will close at 3:30pm on Wednesday, September 24th and will remain closed until Sunday, September 28th for Rosh Hashanah.

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