• Press Release: “While There’s Life…”

    The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County Presents

    While There’s Life…

    Poetry Reading and Book Signing by Ruth Minsky Sender

    Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


    Ruth Minsky Sender

    Glen Cove, NY… The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) presents While There’s Life…  A poetry reading and book signing of by Holocaust survivor and author/poet Ruth Minsky Sender at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.  Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    The poems in her newest collection, While There’s Life…: Poems from the Mittelsteine Labor Camp (1944-1945), were written during Mrs. Minsky Sender’s incarceration as prisoner #55082 in the Nazi slave labor camp in Mittelsteine Germany.  She endeavored to depict scenes from her and other prisoners’ lives to give them courage and the will to continue living.

    Ruth Minsky Sender was born Rifkele Riva Minska to a Jewish family in Łodź, Poland.  After the war she and her family emigrated to the United States, settling on Long Island.  Mrs. Minsky Sender was a teacher of Jewish culture and history, specializing in the Holocaust.  She has written four other books about her Holocaust experiences including The Cage (1986).

    $10 Suggested donation to attend.  Light refreshments will be served. Seats are limited; reservations are recommended.  RSVP to (516) 571-8040 or info@hmtcli.org


  • From American to Enemy: Racism, Japanese Internment and Lessons for Today

    From American to Enemy: 
    Racism, Japanese Internment and Lessons for Today


    Mitsue Saladar and Madeleine Sugimoto


    Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 2 p.m.

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

    Mitsue Salador (pictured in the photo on the left) was attending nursing school when she was deported to the Portland Assembly Center in 1942. Madeline Sugimoto is in the photo on the right with her parents in front of their barracks at the Jerome Relocation Center, Arkansas, 1942. From 1942-1946, the United States military imprisoned 120,000 people of Japanese heritage; two-thirds of the interned were American citizens. About 60,000 of those “enemies” were children.

    Seating is limited, RSVP is recommended. Suggested donation of $10 to attend. To RSVP contact Deborah Lom at (516) 571-8040 or dlom@hmtcli.org.


  • Film Screening: Farewell To Manzanar

    Film Screening: Farewell to Manzanar

    Sunday ~ March 22, 2015 ~ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

    100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542


    Special Guest Speaker

    Rabbi Theodore Tsuruoka

    My Parents’ Imprisonment in a Japanese American Internment Camp 

    To reserve seats, please contact Lara Carignano

    (516)-571-8040 or laracarignano@hmtcli.org

    requested donation $10

    Our film series was established in honor of David Taub (1932 – 2010)

    Holocaust Survivor and respected friend of the Center

    Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of the imprisonment of a Japanese-American family during World War II.  The film demonstrates the racist policies of the United States government while illustrating one family’s resistance to life in an internment camp.

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    Please be advised that Glen Cove’s St. Patrick’s day parade is this day. Give your self plenty of time.
    Below is a map for an alternate route. 

    MapSlight left onto NY-107 N/Cedar Swamp Rd

    Slight left onto NY-107 N

    Stay on middle lane

    Turn right toward Charles St

    Slight right onto Charles St

    Turn left onto The Pl

    Continue onto Ellwood St

    Turn right onto Landing Rd

    Turn left onto Crescent Beach Rd

  • Rabbi Theodore Tsuruoka: Ideal Guest Speaker for “Farewell to Manzanar”

    This Sunday at 12:30 the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC)  will screen the film “Farewell to Manzanar,” and Rabbi Theodore Tsuruoka will talk with us about it, bringing in his own family’s incarceration and raising the broader issues involved.   Knowledgeable of both the Japanese and Jewish experience during the war, he offers a unique perspective to help us explore the significance of these deplorable events.

    Born and raised Christian as a second generation Japanese, teen-aged Theodore began searching for God outside his inherited faith and formally converted to Judaism in his early twenties.  At fifty-two, after twenty years in business, realizing he needed to do something more satisfying, he enrolled in the Academy for Jewish Religion’s Rabbinic program and graduated six years later.  Since that time, he has served as Spiritual Leader for the Reform Temple Isaiah in Great Neck.

    The Rabbi’s parents and grandparents were relocated from California to an internment facility in Posten, Arizona, and his parents actually met in the camp.  Notwithstanding the unfairness of the shocking  forced transfer, the restrictions and discomfort of their circumstances, and the loss of most of their possessions, his family didn’t feel their situation to be unbearable, says the Rabbi, probably due to the Japanese stoic mentality.  For years afterward, similar to many survivor families, there wasn’t much talk about what had happened.  Eventually, though, some resentment was expressed, although it never hardened into a “chip on the shoulder” attitude toward America.

    Struck by the parallels between the Japanese and Jewish camp experiences, one of the Rabbi’s congregants and long-term HMTC Educators asked him if he’d be interested in presenting his views and family’s stories and facilitating a discussion.  The Rabbi agreed, recognizing the opportunity to raise awareness that “since it happened in this country, it could happen again” and to promote reflection on what it might take “so that it won’t happen again.”

    Although our government eventually formally apologized for harm caused by the illegal incarceration and awarded each victim twenty thousand dollars in reparations, this breach of justice left an indelible red stain on the American conscience. The questions of how we deal with human and minority rights, particularly in times of fear and duress, are vital concerns for all of us who wrestle with the legacy of the Holocaust.

    I encourage you to see this film and participate in what promises to be an enlightening conversation.  With Rabbi Tsuruoka’s guiding wisdom, we can put our hearts and minds together to create greater understanding of how to deal with the bigotry threatening our world.

    • Frank Miller-Small