In this time of rising antisemitism, the likes of which we have never seen before in this country, we are deeply saddened and concerned that the Tolerance Education Center has been vandalized. The bronze sculpture outside the Tolerance Education Center was toppled and damaged Sunday morning, November 19th. The sculpture, by Dee Clements, was commissioned by our founder, Earl Greif in 2008, to shed light on his own and others' experience during Nazi imprisonment and genocide. This act of vandalism, given the weight of the sculpture, was most likely pre-planned as it required heavy equipment to do the damage.
The mission of the Tolerance Education Center is to promote tolerance and understanding and reduce bigotry and hate. Since Oct. 7, 2023, we stand squarely with the supporters of democracy and the State of Israel in the ongoing fight against Hamas. This act of aggression and cowardice, whether against our mission, our stand, or our presence in Rancho Mirage, will not deter us from our programming and fulfilling the objectives of tolerance education through Holocaust education as articulated by our founder.
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