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1 Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a leading Canadian human rights organization that promotes tolerance, justice and human rights. F RIENDS OF S IMON W IESENTHAL C ENTER

2 For more than 10 years, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center has planted and cultivated the seeds for tolerance, justice and human rights in Toronto. FSWC has established itself as a leading education facility in the areas of tolerance and pluralism. Through our educational workshops for students, teachers, police and the public, individuals are able to recognize hate, intolerance, antisemitism and racism. FSWC has a wide following which includes over twelve boards of education, dozens of police forces and hundreds of teachers. Over 10,000 students per year attend our workshops and programs.

3 FSWC has established itself as the central address for tolerance education and forward thinking through its Resource and Leadership Training Centre.

4 With over 1,000 books, videos and reference materials, the Harry and Barb Silverberg Library at FSWC is the heart of our research and think-tank initiatives.

5 The development of exhibits has turned us into a travelling museum and education center. They have visited 20 schools over 36 weeks, reaching tens of thousands of Canadian students.

6 To celebrate democracy and human rights, FSWC launched Freedom Day, a yearly event on September 20 th to commemorate Simon Wiesenthal’s life and legacy. Over 800 students attended the first celebration.

7 ‘The medium is the message’ – FSWC educates millions of Canadians through innovative technology and media outreach. Social Networking and FSWC Website Print Media Articles and Comments Radio Television

8 Talk Peace. Stop Hate. Campaign Freedom Day 2010 Crisis in Egypt From Compassion to Action Canadians are educated through our many video productions accessed on our Youtube Channel.

9 Preserving the memory of the Holocaust through missions and educational programs for students and adults.

10 The Glassman Tools for Tolerance® has educated more than 1000 educators, police officers and students at the Museum of Tolerance.

11 FSWC is a Co-Producer of Moriah Films, screened widely in Canada for educational and fundraising purposes. Moriah Films® is a two-time Academy Award® winning film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Films include: Unlikely Heroes In Search of Peace Echoes that Remain Liberation The Long Way Home Genocide Beautiful Music Ever Again I Have Never Forgotten You Against the Tide Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny

12 Independently and in partnership with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the organization researches and develops educational material.

13 Countering antisemitism, hate and intolerance, defending victims of racism and countering delegitimization of Israel. Gay Pride Anti-Israel Marches Anti-Israel Action on Campuses Boycott, Divestment, Sanction Campaigns Vilification of Israel Responding to Antisemitism

14 Civic engagement and social responsibility undertaken by FSWC to educate and inform leaders.

15 The Spirit of Hope Benefit attracts high caliber speakers and 2,500 people every year, with 10,000 people attending over the last 5 years.

16 Past Events State of the Union Address November 2010 Michael Ross December 2010 Private Screening: Barney’s Version with Producer Robert Lantos January 2011 Campaign Launch with Comedienne Jessica Holmes January 2011 All Candidates Mayoral Luncheon October 2010 Daniel Pipes & Wafa Sultan March 2010 Indictment of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad November 2009

17 Reza Kahilili September Powerful Hours: Washington D.C. September Powerful Hours: New York City September 2009 Michael Ignatieff September 2009 Book Study with Larry Swartz November 2009 Women of Valour Luncheon October 2006 CNN Hero Recipient Phymean Noun February 2011

18 An organization is only as good as its leadership. In its Boards of Directors and Governors, FSWC has the best leadership Canada has to offer. Board of Directors Samuel Belzberg Honourary Chairman Gerald W. Schwartz Chairman Lawrence Bloomberg Paul Bronfman Tony Comper Gordon R. Diamond Joel Feldberg Ron Frisch Dr. Max Glassman Malka Green Rabbi Marvin Hier Rabbi Meyer May Philip Reichmann Jill Reitman Honey Sherman Alex Shnaider Allan Silber Raymond Stone Cecil Yolles Avi Benlolo President & CEO, Canada L-R: Tony Comper; Gerald Schwartz; Avi Benlolo; Lawrence Bloomberg; Paul Bronfman

19 Let your voice be heard by supporting FSWC today. We pride ourselves on direct action and results through innovation and technology driven by unwavering core beliefs. Enhance and strengthen our work through a financial contribution. Call us at ext. 21 or or online at Join us at our annual fundraiser – The Spirit of Hope Benefit – by registering at Consider making a major commitment to the organization and sustain your legacy with us by calling ext. 25. Friends of address is a registered Canadian charity located at 5075 Yonge Street, 902, Toronto Ontario M2N 6C6.

20 075 Yonge Street, Suite 902, Toronto, ON, M2N 6C6 V. April 4, 2011


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