• Why People Follow Orders

    Stanley Milgram’s “Obedience” Experiments: Why People Follow Orders

    Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 1:00 PM

    At the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County

    A Discussion of American social physiologist Stanley Milgram’s 1961 experiments, including a screening of Milgram’s own documentary film, with Dr. Thorin Tritter, Museum and Programming Director, HMTC.

    $10 suggested donation.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to (516)571-8040 or info@hmtcli.org.

  • September Upstander of the Month

    Emily Napear graduated from Bay Shore High School. She has always dedicated her time to helping her school and community. Her list of awards and accomplishments are extensive; including the Principal’s List, Student Council, and an Anti-Bias Task Force certificate. She has also participated in various community service activities. Most notably, she was selected to be a student facilitator for Awareness Weekend. Awareness Weekend is a unique program to Bay Shore High School where the students dedicate an entire weekend to breaking down walls and building bridges within the school community. This program helps create opportunities for students to share in an open and judgment-free setting, through this experience Emily was able to help many of her peers build lasting relationships.

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  • August Upstander of the Month

    “I carry a heart full of hope that lights up each day and reminds me that there is always a brighter side to every situation, I carry a mind full of sympathy that craves to reach out to the overlooked and bring them strength.” – Ryley Conway

    Ryley Conway graduated from Hauppauge High School in spring 2014.

    Having the chance to study aboard in India for a full year with the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Program, Ryley has had the chance to witness many human rights violations but instead of turning a blind eye, she used it as an opportunity to make a difference by volunteering with an organization that brings health, sanitation and education to the poor, as well as dedicating her time to an orphanage for kids with disabilities.

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  • July Upstander of the Month

    HMTC is happy to announce James Buck Andrews as our Upstander of the month for July.

    Upstander of the Month“Faggot” is a six letter word that has been tweeted 24 million times. ”Faggot” is a six letter word that breeds the darkest form of contempt. “Faggot” a six letter word that has changed my life…entirely.”

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  • June Upstander of the Month

    HMTC is honored to recognize Jamie Isaacs as our Upstander of the Month for June

    Jamie Isaacs, a 12th grader at the Knox School in St. James, is a survivor of many years of intense bullying. However, she didn’t let that experience silence her. Instead, she started her own foundation, The Jamie Isaacs Foundation for Anti-Bullying, to be a voice for those who don’t have one. She helped write and pass the Suffolk County Cyber-Bullying Law and the extension of the Dignity for All Students Act. She has been working with Congressman Tim Bishop on the School Safety Act, a national law that will help make schools safer for all students.

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  • April Upstander of the Month

    HMTC is proud to recognize Anthony Green as the Upstander of the Month!

    Anthony is a fifth grader at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School in Plainview, New York.

    Anthony is an exemplary student and community member and excels not only in academics but also in being an Upstander. Anthony is a member of the Study Buddy Lunch Group at his school, helping students academically and socially to work together to improve their grades. Anthony continuously stands up for his fellow class-mates and works hard to promote patience and understanding. Anthony encourages others to speak up but also to listen when necessary.

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  • March Upstander of the Month

    “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can still do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.”

    Edward Everett Hale

    Plainview -Old Bethpage Middle School has a program called the Middle School Advisory program, known as MAP.  The MAP students meet on a daily basis and they consist of students who are in fifth through eighth grade. These students are in the same advisory class for four years. The MAP leaders are selected through an application process where they have to write an essay on why they should be considered a MAP leader. Once selected the leaders help the grade advisors by working with the teachers to promote building- wide events such as Pep Rallies, Veteran’s Tea and Spirit Week. They also help spread the word about MAP activities throughout the school and are trained in workshops where they develop skills to work with teachers, conflict resolutions and communication skills .

    The MAP leaders help facilitate simple games to build camaraderie throughout their school and for these reasons they are our March Upstanders of the Month.


  • February 2014 Upstander of the Month

    Hannah Skopicki is the granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors and this is an important legacy for her. Hannah believes that valuing tolerance and understanding, together with passion and respectful discourse, is the way towards a progressive and bright future. For the last four years she has volunteered at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County where she assists with tours, special programs and exhibit openings. She represents the Center as a youth facilitator to promote tolerance and help teach peaceful coexistence strategies.

    “I have been honored to learn from and interact with scholars that visit the Center and are part of the global discussion as well as Survivors and the courageous individuals who helped Jews survive during the Holocaust. I am fortunate to be a part of each visitor’s personal experience with the Center, listening to their thoughts on the past and hopes for the future and this helps shape my own thoughts.”

    To help contribute to the dialogue against idly standing by and to emphasize the importance of defending those that are marginalized or bullied, Hannah has created a proposal to identify ten acts of genocide or humanitarian crises in succinct morning messages with the hope that they may attain a place across Long Island High Schools’ morning announcements, either as prerecorded messages by local or national dignitaries or by champions at each individual high school.  She has implemented this program in Roslyn High School recognizing horrors that have taken place in Iraq, Rwanda, Burma/Myanmar, and Darfur.  After identifying a particular atrocity and researching the history of the event, she creates a short background summary and action plan statement which she reads aloud.
    Hannah encourages her peers to take part and discuss these genocides to raise awareness and stimulate further outreach.

    The world requires the motivation of young people to stand up against those that torment and belittle others. Hannah Skopicki is a great example of that motivation, which is why we are pleased to honor her as our Upstander of the Month for February.

  • January 2014 Upstander of the Month

    HMTC is proud to recognize Daniel Segal as our first Upstander of 2014. Daniel, currently a sixth grader at HB Thompson Middle School, has been nominated for the “ Upstander of the Month” for the month of January for his outstanding conduct in defending a victim of a bullying incident.

    Daniel was on the bus on the way home from school, when an incident began between two students.  He heard offensive name calling and saw someone being targeted. Seeing how upset the targeted student was, he found this to be completely unacceptable and interceded by placing himself between the target and the perpetrator. This deflected the situation and ultimately stopped the bullying situation. Reflecting of the situation Daniel says, “I have always been taught and I strongly believe, that if you see something that is not right, make sure you say or do something.”  Daniel exhibited this behavior and was able to defend a fellow student.

    Daniel’s conduct during this incident is reflective of his personality and his desire to stand up for what is right. Moreover, it is consistent with his view of life which has compelled him to be on the student council and to start a humanitarian fundraising program. The highly successful fundraiser collected pennies to provide clean drinking water to places in Africa where clean water was in short supply. The value of this program and its positive effect have enhanced Daniel’s desire to be a positive force. He realizes that being an Upstander takes courage and he is willing to follow that course regardless of the consequences. He believes that through education and awareness unfortunate incidents of bullying and other anti-social behavior can be averted. He is committed to continuing his involvement in making this a better place to live in and is grateful for his nomination as an Upstander.

    Congratulations Daniel for begin our Upstander of the Month and setting such a positive example to being 2014.


  • December 2013 Upstander of the Month

    The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is proud to honor Jacqueline Gavrilov as the Upstander for the month of December.

    Jacqueline is a senior at North Shore Hebrew Academy. As a freshman, Jacqueline found herself the victim of bullying and in response, became a bully herself. Searching for a way to make a difference and embody the quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” Jacqueline investigated her high school’s Anti-Bias Talk Force. Jacqueline soon found her voice within the group and introduced a non-profit, “To Write Love on Her Arms,” to her school. The non-profit specializes in teen self-harm, suicide and addiction.

    As a result of Jacqueline’s efforts within her community, she soon rose to the position of Co-President of the Anti-Bias Task Force. Now she strives to educate her peers and adults to the dangers of bullying and self-harm. Jacqueline recently presented at the Human Rights Awareness Conference at Adelphi University. During the conference, a member of the audience spoke about their own suicidal thoughts, sighting Jacqueline’s presentation and kindness to have given her the courage to speak up.

    Jacqueline’s experience at Adelphi has encouraged her to create an Anti-Bias Task Force when she enters college. According to Jacqueline, “Bullying has no age limit and even at the university level, people should learn to tolerate others. I would like to communicate my knowledge and passion to inspire others to become aware of the dangers and consequences that bullying brings.”

    Congratulations Jacqueline on being HMTC’s Upstander of the Month.