The minute you walk into the Tolerance Education Center you’ll meet the charming and informed Anne Phillips, Director of Programs and Education for the Center. The space is small but the mission of the organization is profound and touches us all. I highly recommend a visit.

As we toured the brand new facility Anne told me about the Centers founder, Earl Greif, a Holocaust survivor. Following World War 11 Earl moved to the United States where he became a very successful businessman. Now retried and living in Rancho Mirage, Earl is passionate about educating young people on the topic of tolerance. He spearheaded the effort to raise money and build the Tolerance Education Center. He and his wife contributed significantly to make his vision a reality.

Anne shared with me the moving exhibits that Earl personally conceived and arranged. They address intolerance in its many forms. The Holocaust is addressed but so is the discrimination and persecution of African Americans, Gays and Lesbians, Native Americans and other groups. Bigotry in all it forms touches all of us and though it can be hard to face the facts the Tolerance Education Center makes the experience profound, moving and worthwhile.

The Tolerance Education Center features a research center where the public is provided the opportunity to delve deeper into the topic of hatred and intolerance. The Center presents an ongoing film program in the Center’s jewel of a theater. Experiencing a film at the Center is a great way to escape the summer’s mid-day heat and experience how film makers from around the world have addressed the topic of intolerance. On the day that I visited the Center, two Holocaust survivors were at the Center to attend a screening. Anne Philips introduced me to the elderly couple. I was deeply moved.

RM