Programs & Events
We are in this together. Find out what you can do. Offered by the Holocaust Center for Humanity in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to confront growing antisemitism and intolerance.
The course examines connections between historic and contemporary antisemitism and addresses current events. This interactive, discussion-based program engages participants and provides practical tools for responding to antisemitism and hate in our society.
"Confronting Antisemitism and Intolerance" is a single 3-hour course.
Location: Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle
Free | Registration Required (no walk-ins) | Dinner provided | Space is limited | Participants commit to attending for the duration of the class | 3 clock hours are available for teachers
Choose one date:
All classes run from 4:30pm - 7:30pm at the Holocaust Center for Humanity.
- FULL! Tuesday, March 19, 2019
- Wednesday, April 10, 2019
- Tuesday, May 7, 2019
- Thursday, June 27, 2019
- Wednesday, July 17, 2019
- Tuesday, August 13, 2019
- Thursday, September 26, 2019
- Thursday, October 24, 2019
- Thursday, December 12, 2019
Funding for Confronting Antisemitism and Intolerance: A Program for the Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.
Fourth Annual Powell Holocaust Summer Institute
August 5-9, 2019 | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle
Participants will explore topics related to Holocaust history, including antisemitism, rescue and resistance, genocide, non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, Japanese Internment, current events, and local connections. Each day will focus on selected themes and will include reference and discussion of today’s world and practical applications for the classroom. Teachers will spend time working together in small groups to develop and prepare lessons for their classrooms.
March 20, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:30pm | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity | Bring your own lunch. Coffee and cookies will be served. | Free for museum member. $10 general admission. | Become a member today!
Steve Pruzan tells the story of how his grandparents fled Germany in 1939 and made their home in the United States. (Photo: Steve Pruzan's grandparents, Max and Helene Schlonau, in Seattle)
Steve's mother, Inge, and grandparents, Max and Helene Schlonau, lived on a large farm in Germany. After Hitler came to power in 1933, life became progressively more difficult for the family. After Max was arrested on kristallnacht, the family made plans to leave. With a cousin already settled in Seattle, the Schlonau's set sail for America on September 1, 1939.
Steve shares his family's story as a Legacy Speaker as part of the Holocaust Center's Speakers Bureau.
The Lunch-and-Learn programs are made possible thanks to the generous support of: Eli and Rebecca Almo, Bob Evans and Steve Davis,Rich and Laurie Padden, and Stanley and Michele Rosen
Additional support provided by: 4Culture and the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany.
Thursday, March 28 | 9:00am - 3:30pm | Freeman High School, Spokane County, WA | 6 Clock Hours | Lunch provided | Flyer
Practical, hands-on, engaging activities for the classroom, free resources for grades 5-12.
Participants will be challenged to address issues of citizenship, stereotypes, confronting intolerance, and the difference each one of us can make.
Special guest Holocaust survivor and Spokane resident Carla Peperzak will share her own personal stories of resistance.
- Using personal stories and primary sources
- Challenging stereotypes
- Rescue and Resistance
$20 registration fee.
Sponsored by the Holocaust Center for Humanity, Freeman High School, and Washington State University.
Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration | Sunday, May 5, 2019
2-4pm | Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium | Free and open to the public | Register Now
Actress Samara Lerman presents her one-woman play, Cyla’s Gift. When the ghost of her grandmother starts visiting her at night, Samara is compelled to travel through interwoven family stories of survival. Cyla’s Gift is one woman’s exploration into her grandmother’s life journey as she seeks to connect, process, and share in the only way she know how – storytelling.
The performance will be followed by a memorial candle-lighting with Holocaust survivors and the Holocaust Center's Student Leadership Board, music by Kesselgarden, and remarks from Rabbi Hassan, Sephardic Bikur Holim.
Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day | Thursday, May 2, 2019
10am - 4pm | Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle | Free | Tickets
Open in observance of Yom Hashoah, explore the new exhibit, Finding Light in the Darkness.
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Thank you to our sponsors and community partners:
4 Culture | Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany | Anti-Defamation League | AJC Seattle | Hillel at the University of Washington | Jewish Family Service | The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle | Music of Remembrance | Sephardic Bikur Holim | Stroum Jewish Community Center | Washington State Jewish Historical Society
July 20 - 27, 2019 | Krakow, Berlin, Weimar | For Educators and Students | Learn More & Apply
As a teenager, Elie Wiesel, along with his father, spent the tail end of World War II trying to survive horrifying internment at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. A memoir of this period in his life, written in 1960, became the Nobel Prize-winning novel, "Night." For almost 60 years, "Night" has been one of the primary resources of Holocaust history. In July of 2019, Museum Without Walls will take students and teachers on a journey to follow in the steps of Mr. Wiesel’s gripping story. The 9-day program is geared towards educators and students. Participants will travel to Krakow, Berlin, and Weimar to study Holocaust history from Mr. Wiesel’s perspective. Travelers can expect to receive a study notebook with copies of primary sources such as maps, timelines, documents and a copy of the newest edition of "Night.” Teachers will receive multiple lessons plans from our education director.
Offered by Museum Without Walls in partnership with the Holocaust Center for Humanity.
"I believe very strongly this is the most hopeful place in the city." - Local Holocaust Survivor Steve Adler
Finding Light in the Darkness - Through stories and artifacts of Washington State Holocaust survivors, the museum’s exhibit engages visitors in this history and challenges them to consider how each person’s actions make a difference.
Visitors to the Holocaust Center can take a Virtual Reality tour of the Anne Frank annex, interact with embedded testimony screens that feature survivors and stories of coming to Seattle, explore artifacts that bring history to life, and learn about local students who are upstanders in their schools and communities.
Open Wednesdays and Sundays | 10am - 4pm
CLOSED for a special event, Wednesday March 6
Open Thursday, May 2 | 10am - 4pm | In honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day | Free
Group Tours & Field Trips by appointment everyday except Saturday
At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity | 2045 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
At the entrance to the Holocaust Center for Humanity are photos of children who experienced the Holocaust. All are survivors who later moved to the Seattle region, with the exception of one. Come visit and learn more about the stories. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer.
A bookcase opens to reveal a photograph of the stairs leading to Anne Frank's hiding place in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. Explore this feature and learn more about Anne Frank when you visit the Holocaust Center. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer.
A memorial to the 6 million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust and the millions of other victims invites visitors to leave notes, prayers and wishes at the Holocaust Center. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer.
Train tracks at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland at the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Designed by architects Olson Kundig. Photo by Stefanie Felix.
This exhibit was supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax and The State of Washington.
Exhibit: Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews
Power of Protest: The Movement To Free Soviet Jews is a powerful exhibit from the National Museum of American Jewish History. The Washington State Jewish Historical Society is proud to have this exhibit as their first nationally touring exhibit, along with a companion exhibit, "The Soviet Jewish Experience: Washington State Stories." This local exhibit will highlight local efforts made to free Soviet Jews along with stories from some of those individuals who moved to Washington state from the Soviet Union.
Play: The Diary of Anne Frank
April 4 - May 19, 2019 | Seattle Children's Theatre | Ages 9+ | Tickets
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Janet Allen
"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."
This sobering true story of eight people living in hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II, as seen through the eyes of 13-year-old Anne Frank, comes to SCT as a co-production with Indiana Repertory Theatre. Anne's words reach out to us over the generations, inspiring us to never forget, to never give up on the power and goodness of the human spirit, and to always "fill life with living."
Silent Film: The City Without Jews
April 15, 2019 | Paramount Theater | Doors at 6:00, Show at 7:00 | Tickets and Information
The City Without Jews/Die Stadt Ohne Juden (1924), directed by H.K. Breslauer, is based on the dystopian novel of the same title by Jewish author Hugo Bettauer. This Austrian Expressionist film predicted the rise of Nazism, with Jews attacked and forced to leave their homes. Shortly after the premiere of the film in 1924, the author was murdered by a member of the Nazi Party. The film was believed to have been lost for decades. After being rediscovered in a Paris flea market in 2015, it has now been restored and returned to the cinema screen.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion including our Baral Family Executive Director, Dee Simon.
Film: Four Sisters
April 28, 2019 | Lynwood Theater, Bainbridge Island | 2:00pm | Learn More
Claude Lanzmann's last film Four Sisters will have its West Coast premiere at the Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island. Starting in 1999, Claude Lanzmann made several films that could be considered satellites of SHOAH, comprised of interviews conducted in the 1970s that didn’t make it into the final, monumental work. In the last years of the late director’s life, he decided to devote a film to four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe.
Film sponsored by Kol Shalom Congregation and curated by Tova Gannana. Please join us at Earth & Vine Wine Bar across the street from the Lynwood Theatre for a conversation following the film.
CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute
May 3-5, 2019 | Hillel UW | Students in grades 10 & 11 | Learn More & Apply
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is excited to bring the Center for Israel Education, Teen Israel Leadership Institute to Jewish Puget Sound! An immersive Israel education retreat exclusively for teens. Led by Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, Emory Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies. Enhance your Israel knowledge while building leadership skills. Qualify for a $2,500 Samis grant for use towards an approved Israel travel program. Cost: $50 includes overnight accommodations at Hillel, all programs and Kosher meals Friday through Sunday morning.
The Parting: Music of Remembrance
May 19, 2019 | Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall | Benaroya Hall, Seattle | Details & Tickets
The world premiere of a new chamber opera by composer Tom Cipullo and librettist David Mason. Commissioned by Music of Remembrance. It's May 19, 1944 - the final evening at home for the great Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti and his beautiful devoted wife Fanni. Foreseeing his likely fate in a forced labor camp, Radnoti wonders as we often do why we are given life: "To learn what love is. To live. To make beautiful things. To die." Facing these stark illuminations brings a bright awareness of being.
Germany Close Up - American Jews Meet Modern Germany
September 1 - 10, 2019 | Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle | Learn More
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is partnering with Germany Close Up to bring a cohort of young adults, ages 29 to 39, to Germany from September 1 – 10, 2019 (including two travel days)! Participants on the subsidized trip will encounter Germany’s past and present, and reflect on identity and remembrance. The journey is sure to be thought-provoking and will foster Jewish connections, in our local community and with World Jewry. Deadline for Application - March 1, 2019.