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HISTORY

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.

MISSION

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.

VALUES

Inclusivity – Equity – Personal Accountability – Intellectual Curiosity – Empathy – Humility

VISION

In pursuit of our mission, the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education will:

  1. Educate all who wish to learn about the Holocaust, genocide, and grave human rights violations in order to promote understanding of causes and consequences; thereby enabling foresight necessary to prevent similar recurrences.
  2. Facilitate an understanding of the universal nature of human dignity and of the critical importance to respect and defend it.
  3. Work collaboratively with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to justice for all people.
  4. Serve and build our community through quality educational programming and commemoration events.
  5. Confront acts of ignorance, hatred, and injustice by serving as a model of community engagement directed by informed, rational understanding.