Fall 2023 Newsletter

Our first newsletter of the season coincides with the aftermath of the tragic murders and kidnappings committed this past Shabbat by Hamas.

The Tolerance Education Center grieves these unprecedented events and prays for the safety of Israeli soldiers and civilians in the line of fire, for the recovery of the wounded, for the captives, for our families, friends, colleagues,

and the entire nation of Israel.

TEC Welcomes Students and Guests

The Tolerance Education Center is open to the public regularly on Tuesdays from 12-5 starting on October 10th. Admission is free.

TEC is also open to school groups and others by appointment. 

Second Generation and Holocaust Survivor speakers are needed to address our student groups. Please reach out if you are interested.

Please send all correspondence to [email protected].

Nancy Kaye, Executive Director Consultant speaking to middle school students from the Moreno Valley school district.

Fall Exhibition


Tolerance Education Center is excited to present the work of Linda Witte Henke a contemporary designer and artist specializing in work that is spiritually expressive. Her work, Kristallnacht, recently drew my attention when it appeared in the Summer 2023 edition of Fiber Arts Now magazine. 

Kristallnacht and other exploratory works, as well as Sticks and Stones, a 42-piece meditation on the state of contemporary discourse, will be on display at TEC through the end of the year. 

...From Linda Witte Henke

"My spouse and I lived in Germany for three years in the 1980s. In the fall of 1988, we noticed that many Frankfurt businesses were concurrently advertising 50th anniversary celebrations. When we inquired, we learned that these were the Jewish businesses that had been seized by the Germans during Kristallnacht.

The current rise in antisemitism brought back this memory and inspired this work. It was created from black-on-white monoprints cut into circles and stitched together to reference a traditional quilt pattern known as “cathedral windows,” a reminder that many of the perpetrators of the Kristallnacht violence and devastation were persons who worshiped in Christian churches and cathedrals. "

Teacher Training Seminar

Save the date...

for educators and teachers of middle, high, and college students.


Full day workshop on

Saturday, December 2, 2023.


Holocaust and Contemporary Genocides


Presented by Avenues for Change, with educators, Tosha Tillotson and Hilary Levine. 

Admission is FREE with registration and includes a

$100 teacher stipend, breakfast, lunch, and materials at TEC.


Latvia Dispatch

Growing up with the surname Zangwill elicited interest in various circles largely owing to the noteworthiness of the English author and Zionist, Israel Zangwill, who was my great grandfather’s first cousin. What I did not expect on a recent trip to Latvia to visit Riga and Riebini- in Yiddish Ribinishki- the village of my ancestors, was to learn about another noteworthy Zangwill writer and relative, Sheina Gramm. 

From the 1897 All Russia Census, I knew that my 3rd great grandparents Menachem and Leska Zangwill lived in a home with first cousins, Wulf and Sheina Zangwill. In June of 1941, the Nazis occupied Latvia and in the nearby town of Preili, near Riebini, Wulf and Sheina’s granddaughter started to keep a diary. 

The diary of Sheina Gramm, sometimes referred to as the Anne Frank of Latvia, is a not a memoir as much as a daily chronicling of the day-to-day events of the German occupation from June 22, the day the Nazis invaded the USSR until August 8, the day before she and her family were killed. 

Sheina titles her diary in Latvian but makes daily entries in Yiddish. Sheina recounts a confusing and terrifying situation in which, one day she is instructed to clean the home of a close friend killed the day before. In another entry, Sheina recounts how 250 Jews were taken to the forest and shot and wonders, like others in her community, if the murderers would be satisfied; that maybe 250 dead Jews is enough. 

Sheina’s diary is an important record of the terror and murder of the Jews repeated in town after town aided by local police that may have survived because of its Latvian title. It was found by a military journalist after the war although the original no longer exists today. 


At the Museum of the Jews of Latvia in Riga, one can listen to the audio recreation of the diary and in a book called the The Unknown Black Book: The Holocaust in the German-Occupied Soviet Territories, by Indiana University Press in 2008, one can find excerpts from Sheina’s diary.

On the side of the road, with barely any indication of a clearing, I stopped to walk a path that Jews of Riebini walked to their deaths in August of 1941. Today the memorial in the forest refers to killing of Jews by the Nazis. However, according to the documentary Baltic Truth, the murders in towns like Riebini were actually carried out by Latvian police with little prompting needed by the Nazis. 

If you have family stories from the Holocaust in the Baltic region, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, please let us know by reaching out at [email protected]. - Nancy Zangwill Kaye

Winter Exhibition 

Leave to Land: The Kitchener Camp Rescue, 1939

It is a near-forgotten chapter in 20th-century history: the rescue of thousands of Jewish men from the Nazis, brought to a camp on the outskirts of the medieval town of Sandwich in Kent as darkness fell across Europe.

The Kitchener Camp rescue began in February 1939, and by the time war broke out seven months later about 4,000 men – mainly German and Austrian Jews – had arrived by train and boat. Although the story of the 10,000 Jewish children brought to the UK on the Kindertransport is well known, the Kitchener Camp has received much less attention. 

Join Tolerance Education Center to learn more about The Kitchener Camp Rescue in December 2023. 

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