Survivor Cruise

One of our new volunteers, Eveline Ginzburg, graciously arranged to take all of our Holocaust survivor speakers on a FantaSea Brunch & Cruise last Wednesday, 6/18/14. Below are photos from the afternoon:

First Sundays at MOT: From Hate to Hope®

We hear compelling quotes about the power of forgiveness all the time, but how often do we get the chance to really examine and even participate in a real-life instance of forgiveness?

Join us every first Sunday of the month to hear the story that began at the Museum of Tolerance, now subject of 2014 Oscar-nominated documentary short, Facing Fear.

From Hate to Hope® is a remarkable true story of the reconciliation of a perpetrator and victim of a hate crime. Featuring MOT Manager Matthew Boger and MOT volunteer speaker Tim Zaal, this presentation examines the roots of prejudice and discrimination and the ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Using a Question and Answer session, Matthew and Tim engage the audience in a discussion of redemption and the power of forgiveness.


Matthew Boger (L) & Tim Zaal (R)

Matthew and Tim present From Hate to Hope® at 3:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, plus additional sessions throughout the month. Check the calendar for additional presentations. This one-hour lecture is included in museum admission.

Not in Los Angeles?
Using video conferencing technology through the Bridging the Gap program, MOT offers the opportunity to bring Matthew and Tim’s lecture to those who are unable to visit the museum in person. To make arrangements for this program, please call 310-772-2502.

Summer 2014: Exhibits for the Whole Family at the Museum of Tolerance

Strengthen your understanding of the late Maya Angelou as you step foot inside a recreation of her childhood bedroom. Discover a unique rendering of Anne Frank’s story as you watch a 260-degree filmic dramatization of life in the secret annex. School may be out, but kids can still ignite their passion for learning at the Museum of Tolerance this summer.
Between beach trips and soccer camps, make a plan to spend the afternoon with us; we have two very special exhibitions that young families are sure to enjoy this summer.


“Anne” is an extraordinary new immersive exhibit on the life and legacy of Anne Frank. Anne’s story, told in her own words, comes to life through rare artifacts, unique documents, and photographs.


Visitors view a facsimile of her famous diary and several other examples of her original writing that culminated in what has become one of the most famous and well-read books of all time.

The Anne exhibit highlights little known facts about her time in hiding and the events that led to her arrest. Hear first-hand accounts about Anne from the people who knew her, and experience the story of Anne Frank as never before.


Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves:

Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves showcases the diversity within the personal histories of several noted Americans: poet, best-selling author, historian and educator Dr. Maya Angelou; award-winning actor, comedian and director Billy Crystal; multiple Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana; and National League MVP and former Manager of the four-time World Series Champions, the New York Yankees, Joe Torre. FOFFOQUILT

Their individual, distinctive, and illuminating journeys examine the stories, lives and dreams of those family members that inspired them.


Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves also includes the participation of other outstanding American sports and literary figures including NBA athlete and Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; award-winning author, poet, and screenwriter Sherman Alexie; figure skating champion Michelle Kwan; noted journalist, talk show host and author Cristina Saralegui; and NFL Player of the Year and Super Bowl champion quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Steve Young. The exhibition ultimately celebrates the shared experiences common to being part of an American family and encourages visitors to seek out their own histories, mentors and heroes.

Plan your trip to the Museum of Tolerance today, call 310-772-2506 for advanced reservations. You can also purchase tickets to “Anne” online here.


SHADES Training – Week 2

Today begins week two of SHADES (Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students)  training here at the Museum of Tolerance.

What is SHADES?

In partnership with the LA Superior Court and Dept. of Probation, the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) provides youth juror training for a specialized Teen Court focusing on bullying incidents rooted in prejudice and bias in Los Angeles County. The SHADES (Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students) program goal is to train youth participants to serve as informed and effective jurors.

Teen Court is an intervention program which provides selected juvenile offenders with the opportunity to be questioned, judged, and sentenced by a jury of their peers. The program diverts young people from the formal court system and promotes restorative justice through innovative sentencing. The Los Angeles Superior Court’s Teen Court program operates at over 20 County schools and is the largest and fastest growing network of teen juror justice in the country. Through SHADES, the student jurors and their adult partners promote understanding of the negative impact of bias on the community, and advance hate crime and incident prevention through new community service sentencing.

SHADES is the recipient of several recent awards for its contributions to the Los Angeles community and as an innovative model for juvenile justice.

Youth Juror Summer Institute:

The Youth Juror Institute is a five-day summer program with a post-Institute follow up. Students are divided into groups of no more than 30 to engage in a series of interactive activities led by a professional facilitator. The headquarters for the program is the Museum of Tolerance‘s Youth Action Lab, complete with media walls, anonymous voting devices, multi-purpose rooms and state of the art AV equipment. The camp concludes with a ceremony for family and friends where students receive certificates of completion.

Institute Objectives:

  • Understand the meaning of hate and bias crime and identify the forms it takes
  • Gain greater self-awareness of personal biases and be sensitive to how these biases can impact judgment
  • Enhance empathy for people different from ourselves and gain greater comfort with multiple perspectives
  • Learn new communication skills, including effective questioning, active listening and respectful communication styles
  • Brainstorm and research ideas for creative and constructive sentencing promoting meaningful offender education and involve students in hate prevention initiatives at their schools

This program is open to High Schools in Los Angeles that have Teen Court programs already, or are in the process of creating one.

Watch a CBS News story about SHADES here:


Last week’s SHADES group with Museum of Tolerance Director Liebe Geft (L) and LA Superior Court Presiding Judge David S. Wesley (R)