Holocaust Education Centre Endowment Fund

With a global increase in Holocaust distortion, denial, and antisemitism, the Holocaust Education Centre finds itself more and more in demand as the principal local purveyor of education on the Holocaust and antisemitism. Your donations to the Holocaust Education Centre Endowment Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba help us continue our important work through our valuable programming.

Each year, the Holocaust Education Centre provides educational opportunities to thousands of Manitoba students. Presentations by local survivors and educators take place in our museum space. Outreach Programs also exist for schools and groups that are located at distances that would make travel to our Centre challenging.  Our major educational program each year is the Annual Holocaust and Human Rights Symposium, held each year at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre. A keynote speaker presents to high school students from all over the province. In the afternoon, survivors of more recent genocide provide an important message on the work that is yet to be done to ensure that “never again” does not ring hollow. Up to 2000 students from across Manitoba attend this event each year.

The Holocaust Education Centre also partners with the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, the Azrieli Foundation, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on events to commemorate Kristallnacht, Yom Hashoah, and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The HEC continues its partnership with the Congregation Shaarey Zedek Synagogue to plan all the annual Megillat Hashoah interfaith service during the week of Yom Hashoah. It continues to be a very well-attended event, attracting the Jewish and multifaith communities.

Our mandate is to raise awareness and understanding of the history of the Shoah through education. We address the fact that society continues to witness genocide due to continuing racism and hatred and that we must all be vigilant in opposing racism, antisemitism and other forms of bigotry.