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The idea of a permanent Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education originated with the Rockland County Holocaust Commission, which was appointed by the County Legislature on May 15, 1979. In 1981, the Finkelstein Memorial Library granted space for a home to the newly formed Holocaust Museum & Study Center in Spring Valley. Since the Museum opened its doors to the public, it has been an important cultural and educational center for the region. As the community continued to grow and educational needs changed, the organization adopted a new name: the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education. Museum stakeholders identified an increasing need for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights education on the campus of Rockland Community College. And so, in 2015 the Museum closed its doors in Spring Valley and moved to the RCC campus in Suffern where we are currently located.
Our mission is to educate, through the lens of the Holocaust, about the dangers of intolerance, to invoke critical thinking, and to inspire moral courage in the face of injustice.
Inclusivity – Equity – Personal Accountability – Intellectual Curiosity – Empathy – Humility
In pursuit of our mission, the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education will: