About Us

Voices of Hope

Fostering a Culture of Courage

Inspired by the vision of Alan Lazowski and established by the families of Holocaust Survivors across Connecticut, Voices of Hope’s bold mission is to promote a culture of courage to stand up against hatred through Holocaust and genocide education and remembrance.

The Power of Giving

Voices of Hope exists to ensure that we never forget the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides.

• Commemorative events
• Holocaust themed cultural events such as films, art exhibits and book discussions
• Educator workshops and webinars
• Museum trips
• Student scholarships and grants
• Books, curriculum materials and resources for educators
• Training and education for descendants of holocaust survivors
• School speaking engagements
• Community outreach
• In honor of/in memory of a Survivor or special person

• An Evening of Hope: 
This event highlights the year’s accomplishments and is attended by community members that appreciate the urgency and importance of our mission.

Why Now?

A recent survey found that 41 percent of millennials believe that two million or fewer Jews were murdered during the Holocaust and 45 percent of Americans cannot name a  concentration camp. Hearing firsthand testimony and studying the Holocaust helps students understand the roots and ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping in any society while exploring the dangers of remaining silent, apathetic, and indifferent to the oppression of others. In May 2018, Voices of Hope was integral in passing Senate Bill 452, making  Connecticut the 10th state to require Holocaust and genocide studies in the Social Studies curriculum. Now more than ever we need your support to help implement this legislation in all CT schools.

Filling the Gap

Due to budget cuts in public and private schools, there is a void in the education system that Voices of Hope is able to fill by providing literature, films, speakers and field trip  opportunities for students to learn about the irreversible impact of hatred and bullying through genocide education. A donation today and in perpetuity ensures that our remembrance and advocacy work is sustained well into the future.

Community Holocaust and Genocide Programming

Voices of Hope is thankful for our community partners who co-host and support our programming:

• International Holocaust Remembrance Day
• Yom Hashoah Commemoration
• Reading of the Names
• State of Connecticut Holocaust Commemoration
• Speakers and Films
• Second Generation Speak Up Storytelling
• Descendants of the Shoah Conference
• The Holocaust Survivor Interview Project
• Trips to Holocaust Museums
• Bringing survivors to schools and community events to share firsthand testimony
• Educator workshops and webinars

Our Impact Since 2017

7,100 Students Heard Survivor Testimony

$6,606 Awarded to Students for Book and Scholarship Grants

$9,703 Buses Funded to Museums

Over 100 Schools & Organizations Engaged