2009 News Items


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.


Family Sunday - Give the Gift of Play

Sunday, December 6, 2009 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm


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.


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.


Freaks and Revelations: A program to celebrate the launch of the new book

Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:00pm


Kristallnacht Commemoration

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.


Family Sunday - Native American Heritage Month

Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story

Sunday, November 1, 2009

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.



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.


Family Sunday - Celebrating National Diversity Month

Sunday, October 18, 20009 from 12pm - 4pm 


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.


The MOT and ChildFund® International present THE POWER TO PLAY - From Trash to Treasure.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


2009 Once Upon a World Children's Book Award

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 1:00pm


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.


Family Sunday - Live Green

Sunday, August 23th, 12pm-4pm


Students from Fruitvale School District perform their National History Day Presentations


World renowned Mexican sculptor, José Sacal, whose sculpture Holocausto is on display at the MOT, was honored at a special event.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


MOT hosts the 4th Annual Cultural Proficiency Institute, July 8-10, 2009


The MOT is growing! … Some FAQs:


On Anne Frank's 80th Birthday: "ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY" Performed at the MOT


Grade School Students Create Museum Exhibit


The MOT thanks the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles for a capital grant for its first phase of renovations.


Exploring African American Literature

An art project from Ribet Academy


Volunteers at the MOT organized a Food Drive in response to President Obama’s call for a National Day of Service on MLK Day...

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