Holocaust Survivor Families & Supporters
 
 
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Kol Israel Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1959 by Holocaust Survivors who settled in Cleveland. The organization initially functioned as a social community and extended family for the Survivors, many of whom were the sole survivors of their families.

Our direction and commitment have evolved since the founding of our organization. Kol Israel now works to honor the lives of Holocaust Survivors and engages their descendants, families, and supporters to preserve the legacy and lessons of the Holocaust.

 
 
 
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Educational Programs


Why Teach the Holocaust?

  • Because in five years less than 0.01% of World War II veterans will be alive and the youngest Holocaust survivor will be 79 years old. Our stories need to be told to our young people across our Northeast Ohio community to keep the Holocaust memory alive to inspire us to confront hatred in a constantly changing world.

  • To begin confronting the tough questions of how to achieve justice and reconciliation in the aftermath of atrocities – Using lessons learned explore how painful memories should be remembered.

  • To learn how this history informs and educates us about our responsibilities in our communities and the world today

YOUR TOOLS FOR AN IMPACTFUL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Face to Face and Sharing Our Stories

Kol Israel has two programs, Face to Face and Sharing Our Stories, to provide Holocaust education to Northeast Ohio. Learn more about these programs and other educational resources on our Education page.

 
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In 1961, Kol Israel designed and built one of the first monuments in the United States dedicated to the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Ashes of victims of several concentration camps are buried beneath it and the names of deceased family members are engraved on its surrounding walls. The memorial received official historic recognition from the Ohio History Connection in 2016.

 
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