Holocaust Memorial Center Receives Grant from the Donald R. and Esther Simon Foundation

The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus has received a $45,000 grant from the Donald R. and Esther Simon Foundation. The grant will support the creation of virtual Holocaust education workshops for Michigan teachers.

“We are honored to receive this generous grant from the Donald R. and Esther Simon Foundation,” said Holocaust Memorial Center CEO Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld. “This grant will enable us to build upon our teacher trainings by providing virtual workshops to educators throughout the state. We greatly appreciate the Foundation’s support of our mission to engage, educate and empower by teaching the lessons of the Holocaust.”

The Holocaust Memorial Center Education Department will use the grant funding to develop three Holocaust education teacher trainings in special topics related to the Holocaust. The trainings will be offered virtually to assist teachers this school year and into the summer. The HMC Education Department will work with school districts to engage teachers to participate in the sessions. They will also develop and provide customized follow-up content and support to the teachers based on each district’s curricular needs.

Holocaust Memorial Center Director of Education Ruth Bergman oversees the Education Department which administers and staffs a teacher training program to provide teachers the resources and training to teach students about genocide, including the Holocaust. The Holocaust Memorial Center has hosted teacher trainings at the museum and also traveled to teachers throughout the state, from Muskegon to Marquette to Monroe. Since the first training in April 2018 in Traverse City, HMC has trained more than 1,100 teachers from more than 450 Michigan schools.

The Donald R. and Esther Simon Foundation was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Simon in 2005. With recognition of the family’s original roots in Michigan, the Simon Foundation supports projects that address Jewish life and identity, cancer research and support services, the cultural arts and social justice issues which make a positive impact in the lives of this generation and the next.

About the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus

The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus is a 55,000 square foot museum and Library Archive in Farmington Hills that teaches about the senseless murder of millions and why each of us must respect and stand up for the rights of others if we are to prevent future genocide and hate crimes. 

The lessons of history are used to create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking our guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism and prejudice. Exhibits include artifacts such as an authentic WWII-era boxcar, text panels, photos, video testimonies, films, paintings, sculpture, and a sapling from the tree located outside Anne Frank’s hiding place window that is described in her diary.  Located on the second floor above the museum, the Library Archive is an important resource for academics, the media and families researching their heritage. Please call to speak to a librarian.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. For the first hour of each day, 10:00am -11:00 am, admission is reserved for seniors and those who are immune compromised. The last admission is one hour before closing. Wheelchair accessible. Free parking. For additional information, visit www.holocaustcenter.org or call 248-553-2400.