The Holocaust Center for Humanity teaches the lessons of the Holocaust, inspiring students of all ages to confront bigotry and indifference, promote human dignity, and take action.

Established in 1989, the Center supports teachers in the public and private schools of Washington State and in the Pacific Northwest, making it possible to introduce Holocaust studies into their curricula. The Holocaust Center for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Stories of Courage and Compassion

Welcome to Our Home


I Can Make a Difference



From Generation to Generation



2016 Annual Report

Thank you to everyone who supported the Center in 2016!
Click the image below to view the Center's 2016 Annual Report.

Annual Report 2016 Cover



The Holocaust Center provides the following resources to educators, students, academics, authors, and public and private organizations:

  • Educational programs and curricula
  • Community programs
  • Artifacts
  • Teacher Training
  • Teaching Trunks
  • Classroom sets of books
  • Speakers Bureau of survivors, witnesses, liberators, second generation, and WWII veterans
  • Online resources including curricula and teaching activities
  • Exhibits
  • Library collection of books, videos/dvds, video testimonies
  • Writing, art and film contest
  • Support and consultation for educators

The Holocaust Center's work is funded by individual donations and grants.

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Board of Directors

President: David Alhadeff, Goldman Sachs, Vice President
Treasurer: Lynne Smith, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Deputy Director
Secretary: Naomi Newman, Staklist, VP, Content and Research
Vice President: Ron Friedman, Karr Tuttle, Attorney
Vice President: Lela Franco, Harley Marina
Vice President: Rachel Nathanson, Urban Planning Consultant, Business Owner
Vice President: Steven Baral, Melbourne Tower, Business Owner
Immediate Past President: Chuck Stempler, Alphagraphics

Shelley Bensussen, Retired Salesperson, Past Board Chair JFGS, Community Volunteer
Paul Bloom, Microsoft, Cortana Product Lead
Arik Cohen, Microsoft, Lead Program Manager
Arlene Ehrlich, Community Volunteer
Henry Friedman, Retired Business Owner, Holocaust Survivor
Pat Gallagher, Kent School District, School Administrator
Josh Gortler, The Kline Galland Center Foundation, President
Janee Hahn, Catered Printing, Business Owner
Les Liggins, Seattle Police Department, Retired Captain
Rabbi James Mirel, Temple B'nai Torah
Jack Schaloum, Federal Army Navy Surplus, Business Owner
Michael Spektor, Spektor Dental Center, Periodontist
Janet Turpen, Community Volunteer

Honorary Board

Cheryl Berenson, Community Volunteer
Marc A. Boman, Perkins Coie LLP, Attorney, Partner
Carolyn "Puddin" Cox, Alexander Hamilton Foundation, Founder; Social Worker
Peter Damm, Holocaust Survivor, Retired Business Owner
Milt Doumit, Verizon
Sandra Friedman, Community Volunteer
Stephen Herschkowitz, Senior Deputy Prosecutor, King County
Senator Ken Jacobsen, Retired Senator


Teacher Advisory Board 

Nance Adler, Jewish Day School, Bellevue
Branda Anderson, Kamiak High School, Mukilteo
Lauren Bear, Holy Family Parish School, Kirkland
Marianne Clarke, TOPS K-8, Seattle
Rosemary Conroy, St. Luke School, Shoreline
Megan Corbin, Showalter Middle School, Tukwila
Liz Ebersole, Library-Media Specialist, Seattle
Nicole Elbling, Frankel Religious School- Herzl-Ner Tamid, Mercer Island
David James, Lincoln County High School, Eureka, MT
Heidi Pouley, Assumption St. Bridget School, Seattle
Paul Regelbrugge, Scenic Hill Elementary, Kent
Debbie Robinson, Meridian Middle School, Kent
Leslie Stephens, Chinook Middle School, Edmonds
Raymond Sun, Washington State University, Pullman
Melissa Tatum, Showalter Middle School, Tukwila