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"Given the heightened tensions in our nation, I believe now more than ever we need to help educate the next generations about how horrors like the Holocaust can be perpetrated by even the most civilized and sophisticated people," said Rulli. "We know that simply pledging to never forget is not enough as sadly, genocide continues to this day. My hope is that Ohio's youth will become enlightened as a result of this legislation to avoid such atrocities from ever happening again."
Read Senator Rulli's full statement here.
September 29, 2020
"This bill, led by Senator Rulli, and so many bipartisan co-sponsors, will help leverage Ohio’s schools, teachers, and community resources to teach this critical history. Ohio Jewish Communities and our member federations commend Sen. Rulli for his leadership. We are ready to work with the General Assembly and Gov. DeWine to make this commission a reality.”
Howie Beigelman, Executive Director, Ohio Jewish Communities
“The lack of Holocaust knowledge today is glaring. Not only are neo- Nazi groups increasingly active but recent research confirms that basic facts about the Holocaust are unknown by far too many while others are misappropriating lessons of the Holocaust,"
Holocaust & Humanity Center's mission of ensuring the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today is aligned with the goals of the Commission, and we look forward to leveraging our resources in support of its work. With reports of antisemitism and hate crimes on the rise in our state and knowledge of the Holocaust in decline, we must prioritize Holocaust education and remembrance in Ohio now."
Sarah Weiss, CEO Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center
"Sen. Rulli's leadership in spearheading the Holocaust & Genocide Memorial and Education Commission is deeply appreciated as the lessons of the Holocaust are needed now more than ever. We know that simply pledging to never forget is not enough as sadly, genocide continues to this day. The
diligently to get firsthand knowledge of the Holocaust into area schools. But with Ohio ranking 32nd in the nation on Holocaust knowledge, there’s clearly more work to do. Our community, like others statewide, can be one of the partners envisioned by the legislation and we are ready to do our part to make sure teachers have the tools and skills they need to convey such history to their students.”
Bonnie Deutsch Burdman, Executive Director, Community Relations/Government Affairs, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation
“The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation is proud of Sen. Rulli’s leadership - but also Sen. O’Brien’s cosponsorship that signals our local Mahoning Valley delegation’s bipartisan support for this vital legislation. Our Federation places a high degree of importance on Holocaust educational initiatives. We work
Ohio Jewish Communities
JewishColumbus/JewishColumbus Jewish Community Relations Council
The Simon Weisenthal Center
National Council of Jewish Women
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism - Ohio
Youngstown Area Jewish Federation
Agudath Israel of America, Ohio Region
Facing History and Ourselves
Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Canton Jewish Community Federation
Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton/ Dayton Jewish Community Relations Council
The Negev Foundation
Jewish Community Board of Akron
Jewish Community Relations Council, part of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo
AJC Cincinnati (American Jewish Committee) AJC Cleveland (American Jewish Committee)
HADASSAH, The Women's Zionist Organization of America
Kol Israel Foundation
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center
On December 1 and 8, 2020, national and statewide Jewish organizations and the Ohio History Connection gave proponent testimony on SB372 to the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. Click here for quotes and links to full testimony.
Ohio History Connection
Late Thursday night, the Conference Committee on the Capital Budget amended SB 372, the legislation creating the Ohio Holocaust & Genocide Memorial & Education Commission, into the bill. The House passed it around 1 am Friday just before adjourning. Friday, the Senate took up the bill and likewise passed it.
The bill passed each chamber overwhelmingly, passing 77-7 in House and 29-0 in the Senate.
December 20, 2020