• Friedlander Upstander Award Winner: Sage Gladstone

    Sage Gladstone (3rd from right), a student at South Woods Middle School was a winner of the 2018 Friedlander Upstander Award at at HMTC’s 2018 Tolerance Benefit. Her essay below demonstrates that she has acted as an Upstander against bullying and intolerance.

    Taking action, helping others, and making a difference.  Those are my values and my purpose in life.  I love constantly pushing for a better world, not just speaking about it.  I take initiative and make my ideas come to life.  My sense of responsibility to the world outside of mine is what drives me to help people.  I want to live in a world that is caring, promotes peace, and celebrates differences.  However, I know that can’t happen overnight, and maybe can’t ever happen, but I wake up every day to work towards my goal, rise above obstacles, and be an Upstander for all.

    I have been striving to fulfill that goal of mine since I was five years old.  When I was in kindergarten, I saw that there was a girl a few grades above me who didn’t have any hair.  I felt sad, confused, and worried that she may get made fun of or laughed at, so I wanted to help.  I wanted to show her that someone cared and was thinking about her, so I went home that day to ask my mom if I could cut my hair and just give it to her,  My mom said I couldn’t’ do exactly that but I could donate my hair to people just like her.  Even in my five-year-old mind, I was totally on board with the idea that I could make someone’s day or life better from just one small act.  A few months later, I cut my hair to the point where it looked like I should be dancing the Charleston with my flapper friends, and donated it to Locks of Love.  I did that two more times when I was in fourth grade and this past summer, between seventh and eighth grade.  I realized I was slowly making a change… a change that I wanted to see in our world.

    It has always been a priority of mine to acknowledge others and their feelings because it’s important to appreciate the work that everyone does.  I try to spread my appreciation to people who make our world go around but are sometimes forgotten like the bus drivers, security guards, custodians, and lunch servers.   I also think it is important to stand up to unkind behavior wherever I am.  I will not tolerate rude remarks, bullying, or peer pressure.  Even if doing the right thing is the unpopular choice to make in a situation, I will do it for the sake of the people being hurt.

    Last year, I began many new initiatives at my school to help work towards the change I want to see.  For example, I organized a welcoming committee that invited all of our new students to come and play games and talk about their experiences in our school so far.  I wanted to make sure all the students felt noticed and welcomed.

    When I was home sick with the flu last year, I watched a video online about an amazing non-profit organization called Days for Girls.  This organization assembles sustainable feminine hygiene kits to donate to girls in impoverished areas around the world such as Nepal, parts of India, Haiti and so many other places.  Without the proper materials, these girls end up missing up to five days a week each month with most girls ending up having a deprived education.  Without an education it’s hard for these girls to achieve their goals and pursue their dreams.  These kits aren’t only giving them the items every girl needs, it’s giving them a future… a life to look forward to.  These girls are punished for something that is so natural in every girl’s life and are sent to huts to deal with it by themselves.  While they are in these huts, most commonly refereed to as chhaupadis, their biggest fear isn’t trying to make sure they are staying clean and healthy, it’s worrying about being raped.  These huts are in the middle of nowhere with hardly any protection from any of those vicious men.  After I watched the video, I went to their website to find the Days for Girls’ phone number so I could contact them and see what I could do to help.  When I called, they listed a bunch of volunteer opportunities for me to be apart of.  I thought hosting a drive to collect the materials needed for these kits was the best option.  Once I recovered from the flu and was back at school, I attended a meeting with my feminist club and shared what I had learned about the organization, and pitched the idea of holding a drive.  My club advisers and peers loved the idea but we couldn’t start it just yet because it was too late in the year.  So, we saved my idea for this year.  Over the summer I kept in contact with Days for Girls, collecting all the information I needed to launch a successful drive.  In the fall, I went back to school and planned logistics for this drive to work in meetings with my principal and many conversations with Days for Girls representatives.  Soon, I was ready to put boxes out and have donations roll in.  I really wanted this to be a successful drive so I contacted a representative named Kathy from a local team and asked her to come and speak at my school on behalf of Days for Girls.  We set up a date, and asked students to come listen and learn about Days for Girls at their lunch periods; we had a rather well turn our and even a boy showed up.  It was amazing to have my peers have the opportunity to be educated on an organization that its so important and amazing but yet a forgotten world issue.  After Thanksgiving break we put out donation boxes and I created posters to decorate our school with.  I loved Kathy’s presentation, but I still wanted to teach more about this wonderful organization, so I created a presentation and lectured in health classes about why it is important to donate.  After about a month of running the toiletry drive, my mom and I delivered our four overflowing boxes of donations to Dumont, New Jersey, where Kathy lives.  Throughout this whole experience, I kept in touch with Allie, a representative at the Days for Girls headquarters in Washington State.  After multiple calls and emails, Allie reached out to me and asked if she could feature my story in the Days for Girls monthly newsletter.  Of course I said yes, and Allie congratulated me for being the youngest volunteer to be featured.  My responsibility does not end with one successful drive.  I’m still committed to spreading the message of Days for Girls and will continue to raise awareness at my school.  Next month, I will hold a second drive as well as continue to educate my peers with a global awareness exhibit I’ve organized at my school’s awareness fair.

    The problems needed to be addressed in order to achieve my ideal world does not stop with menstruation.  While we have different religions, talents, hobbies, and beliefs, I know we all have the power to be kind.  I am driven to encourage kindness not only through the halls of my school, but also out in our world.  I am currently in the process of spearheading many kindness movements at my school.  The main project is the Blue Box Campaign where students receive a classmate’s name and are encouraged to write an anonymous compliment about them.  I am also setting it up for teachers.  The main purpose of this movement is to encourage people to make others feel good about themselves and to spread the idea that we can all uplift each other with a simple gesture.  I’m also launching a kindness mural project, where all students are asked to write their definition of kindness.  After everyone’s definition is collected, I will create the mural in a hallway at my school.  The process of each student writing their unique definition of kindness will make them have to consider what being kind actually means to them.  I will also kick off a Token of Kindness Project where Peer Mediators will carry around stickers that have quotes abut kindness on them.  When we see acts of kindness during the school day we will give them out.  This project is designed to let everyone know that all acts of kindness, big or small, never go unnoticed.  To tie all of the kindness projects together, I will be organizing another kindness moment called Kind Hands of South Woods for students and teachers to paint their hands and leave their hand prints on a piece of paper.  This resembles their pledge to be kind and contribute positivity to our school.  I hope I will be able to cement the value of Kindness into the minds of my peers as I launch these initiatives.

    My sense of responsibility to change our world for the better and promote kindness doesn’t just end with humans, I believe I should show the same respect to animals.  I became a vegetarian in kindergarten because I felt really bad at the thought that I was eating another living thing.  However, sticking with those eating habits got difficult especially at such a young age and I was only a vegetarian sporadically, until this past summer when I watched a few documentaries about the vegan diet.  Last month marked 6 month of being vegan, this experience proved to me that helping other human or not is something that I care strongly about and I am willing to do it and not give up.

    “Be the change you want to see in the world” is a powerful quote that I think best sums up my vision for being an Upstander.  I will always push for a better world and challenge myself on how I can make an even larger impact than the day before.  Through high school, college, adulthood, and when I’m old, I will continue to be an Upstander, someone who will never forget the importance of advocating for others and love for helping them.  I hope to spread this message of helping the people around you and thinking about lives beyond your own to all the beautiful humans on this planet we share.

    Are you an Upstander?

    If you have a story that sounds like Sage’s and you are a Middle or High School student from Nassau or Suffolk Counties, share it with us! You might be one of our 2019 Friedlander Upstander Winners.

    Apply via the link below:

    Friedlander Upstander Awards

    Or mail to:

    Helen Turner | Friedlander Upstander Award, 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542

    For more information please call: (516) 571-8040 or email helenturner@hmtcli.org.

     

     

  • Lecture: “Jewish Humor & The Holocaust: Amusing? Confusing? Offensive?”

    Jewish Humor and the Holocaust:
    Amusing? Confusing? Offensive?

    A lecture presentation by

    Dr. Linda F. Burghardt
    Scholar-in-Residence, HMTC

    Friday, November 30, 2018, at 11 a.m.

    HMTC
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    What made us laugh in the old days of Sid Caesar and Milton Berle is a far cry from the jokes and stories told by Larry David, Sarah Silverman and other contemporary comics today. But even if it seems like nothing is really off-limits anymore, do we want to hear Jewish comedians referencing the Holocaust for laughs? Join us on Friday, November 30 and you’ll see why figuring out what’s funny can be serious business.

    Dr. Linda F. Burghardt, the Scholar-in-Residence at HMTC, is a journalist and author from Great Neck, NY. She worked as a freelance reporter for The New York Times for 20 years and is the author of three non-fiction books. Her articles and essays have appeared in newspapers across the U.S., and she has lectured to both national and international audiences. She holds a Ph.D. from LIU Post and is the daughter of Holocaust Survivors from Vienna.

    There is a suggested donation of $10. For more information or to RSVP call (516) 571-8040 or email axelsarmiento@hmtcli.org.

  • “Kristallnacht” Refugees, Resistance and Rescue from 1938 to 2018

    “Kristallnacht”
    Refugees, Resistance and Rescue from 1938 to 2018

    An event for the 80th Commemoration of the November Pogrom


    Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 2 p.m.

    HMTC
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    Suggested Donation of $10.
    RSVP to (516) 571-8040 or info@hmtcli.org.

     

  • Film: Into the Arms of Strangers

    HMTC’s

    David Taub Reel Upstanders Film Series

    presents a film screening

    Into the Arms of Strangers – Stories of the Kindertransport

    commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport

    Sunday, October 14, 2018, at 1 p.m.

    HMTC
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY 11542

    Into the Arms of Strangers – Stories of the Kindertransport is an Oscar-winning documentary film, directed by Mark Jonathan Harris, with narration by Judy Dench. The film tells the extraordinary story about Great Britain offering refuge to over 10,000 unaccompanied children whose parents secretly smuggled them out of Nazi-occupied Germany and German annexed countries between 1938 and 1939. Special guests at the screening will be Anita Weisbord and Helga Shepard, Holocaust Survivors who were part of the Kindertransport.

    Suggested donation of $10. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Axel Sarmiento at (516) 571-8040 or axelsarmiento@hmtcli.org.

    The David Taub Reel Upstanders Film Series was established in honor of David Taub (1932-2010), a Holocaust Survivor and respected friend of the Center.

  • Unknown Heroes: Chinese Rescuers During the Holocaust

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    of Nassau County

    presents

    Unknown Heroes:
    Chinese Rescuers During the Holocaust

    with keynote speaker
    Manli Ho,
    Daughter of Dr. Feng Shan H0

    Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 2 p.m.

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    Chinese nationals who engaged in rescue activities include a diplomat, university president and Chinese immigrants residing in Russia. We will bring to light the histories of the heroes and the Jews they rescued.

    There will be a special exhibition in conjunction with this program, “The Wings of The Phoenix: Dr. Feng Shan Ho and the Rescue of the Austrian Jews.”

    $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, RSVP in advance is recommended. To RSVP contact Axel Sarmiento at (516) 571-8040 or axelsarmiento@hmtcli.org.

    Co-sponsored by the Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA).

  • The Shoah Through Muslim Eyes

    The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    of Nassau County

    presents

    a special Yom Hashoah/
    Holocaust Memorial Day Program

    The Shoah Through Muslim Eyes

    with guest speaker

    Mehnaz Afridi, PhD
    Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and
    Interfaith Education Center

    Manhattan College

    Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 2 p.m.

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    Dr. Afridi, a Muslim member of the USHMM Ethics and Religion Committee, will address Arab-Muslim views of the Holocaust and how they intersect with denial, antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

    “What remains even more painful for me as a Muslim is the denial of the Shoah among Muslims and Muslim nations.” – Dr. Mehnaz Afridi

    $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, RSVP in advance is recommended. To RSVP contact Axel Sarmiento at (516) 571-8040 or axelsarmiento@hmtcli.org.

  • They Fought Back: 75th Memorial of the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt

    They Fought Back:
    75th Memorial of the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 11 a.m.

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    In April 1943, a small group of young starving Jewish fighters launched an attack against the German Army. Hear testimonies of their armed battles and spiritual mission.

    “Thousands of Germans surrounded us with machine guns and cannons as if they were at the Russian front. We were 20 young men and women with pistols and only two rifles. – Zivia Lubetkin, a leader of the revolt.

    $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, RSVP in advance is recommended. To RSVP contact Axel Sarmiento at (516) 571-8040 or axelsarmiento@hmtcli.org.

  • Film Screening: “The Richie Boys”

    HMTC’s David Taub Reel Upstanders Film Series

    presents

    a screening of

    The Richie Boys

    Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. 

    HMTC
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY 11542

    “The Richie Boys” is the untold story of a group of young men who fled Nazi Germany and returned to Europe as soldiers in US uniforms. They knew the psychology and the language of the enemy better than anyone else. In Camp Richie, Maryland, they were trained in intelligence and psychological warfare. Not always courageous but determined, bright and inventive, they fought their own kind of war. They saved lives. They were victors, not victims.

    Reel Upstanders was established in honor of David Taub (1932-2010), a Holocaust Survivor and respected friend of HMTC.

    There is a suggested donation of $10 to attend. To reserve a seat, RSVP to (516) 571-8040.

  • Art Workshop for Kids With 3D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino

    Learn from the Master of 3D Pop Art
    Charles Fazzino!

    An Art Workshop for Kids

    Holocaust Survivors will Join Artist for an Inspirational and Educational Workshop

    Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.

    HMTC
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    HMTC presents a special, hands-on, art workshop for kids ages ten and up. Participate in an interactive art demonstration with internationally renowned 3D pop artist Charles Fazzino, creator of the “Heroes of the Holocaust” exhibition, currently on display at HMTC, as well as Holocaust Survivors.

    During the workshop kids will get the opportunity to work with Charles to create a replica of his “After the Darkness” art, which he created exclusively for HMTC, and interact with Holocaust Survivors who also have an interest in art. Kids will contribute their own work to the collaboration and get a behind the scenes look at Charles’ distinctive 3D technique and how it is created.

    Space is limited to 25 participants. RSVP in advance is required. For more information or to RSVP contact Deborah Lom at (516) 571-8040 or dlom@hmtcli.org. A donation of $10 to participate is requested.

    “Heroes of the Holocaust,” the special exhibition by Charles Fazzino, will be on display at HMTC through Friday, December 8, 2017. The exhibition features several new works, including”After the Darkness,” a limited edition release created exclusively for HMTC, and an exclusively curated selection of Charles’ Judaic-themed artwork from the last twenty-five years.

    Charles Fazzino is one of the most popular artists in the world. He is most well-known for his unique, detailed and vibrant three-dimensional style. His work is exhibited in hundreds of fine art galleries and museums in twenty different countries. His is an officially licensed artist of the NFL and the Super Bowl (2000-present), MLB and the MLB All-Star Game (2003-present), and the US Olympic team (2000 to present). He has also created artwork for NASCAR, the NHL All-Star Game, the Andy Roddick Charity Gala, the Grammy Awards, NBC’s “Today” Summer Concert Series and many others. See his entire collection at fazzino.com.

     

  • An Educator’s Journey of Spiritual Resistance, Courage and Resilience

    An Educator’s Journey of Spiritual Resistance, Courage and Resilience

    The Holocaust and Jewish Resistance
    Teachers Program

    A presentation by Meryl Menashe, Holocaust Educator

    Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. 

    HMTC
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY

    “Nothing. Absolutely nothing remains of my childhood, of my youth, not even the grave of my dead father.” – Vladka Meed, Polin Museum

    The Holocaust devastated Jewish life in Europe. To teach the beauty of that life, spiritual resistance during the Holocaust using personal narratives and ensure that it would not be forgotten, the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program was born. Founded by Vladka Meed, 32 years ago, the program has brought over 1100 educators to Holocaust sites and sent them back to their classrooms armed with tools and strategies to bring Holocaust education to all 50 states. Presentation will include sites we witness including concentration camps, ghettos, memorials, museums and death camp; lessons learned of the unfathomable depths of mankind’s cruelty, and the courage of the human spirit through small, large and heroic acts of resistance.

    During our journey, we observe antisemitism and memorial desecration; rejoice as evidence that the Jewish people triumphed through experiencing Israeli students singing Hatikvah at Treblinka; Shabbat in Lublin and Hebrew prayers chanted at Birkenau and so much more. The roads through towns take us to each place; roads in existence during the Shoah, and still lead us there today.

    Join us on an educators’ photo journey through the Holocaust.