OCHGE Mission Statement
The mission of the Ohio Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education is to advance and improve Holocaust and genocide education in Ohio through professional development, educator workshops, and the dissemination of tools that connect educators and the public with accurate, relevant, and useful educational resources.
In 1986, the 46-member, non-profit Ohio Council on Holocaust Education was founded by executive order (Executive Order 86-24) of then Governor Richard F. Celeste, with Max Friedman and Dagmar Celeste, as co-chairs. In 2013, the Council voted to amend its name to the Ohio Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education (OCHGE), but the purpose of the Council remains the same as it was the day of its founding–to expand and improve Holocaust and genocide education in Ohio and throughout the country.
The administrative operations of the Council have, at various times, been overseen by staff at educational institutions throughout the state. Currently, the Council is housed in the Department of History at Cleveland State University.
To accomplish its objectives, OCHGE provides educators with accurate, relevant, and useful materials for teaching about the Holocaust and genocide through the Council’s website. The website also offers access to information regarding Holocaust-related events throughout the state. OCHGE itself conducts workshops in which teachers learn and discuss how to teach this content. To date, OCHGE has trained over a thousand educators at workshops at colleges and universities throughout the state. Demand for these learning events for educators continues, as genocide, war crimes, and human rights violations have not abated in our times.
Board of Directors
The Ohio Council on Holocaust and Genocide education is governed by the Members of its Board. These include academics, teachers, and citizens with a concern for Holocaust education.
Dr. Mark B. Cole – Cleveland
Tim Murnen, PhD. – Bowling Green
Brad Beach, PhD. – North Canton
Mark Ebner – Columbus
Heather Elliott-Famularo – Toledo
Marilyn W. Feldman – Canton
Ellen Fettner – Cincinnati
Roman Frayman – Beachwood
Renate Frydman, Ph.D. – Dayton
Esther Cohen Hexter – Akron
Steven J. Howell, Ph.D. – Kent
Marty J. Kalb – Delaware
Janyce C. Katz, Esq. – Columbus
Jesse McClain, NBCT – Youngstown
Jillian Nataupsky – Hudson
Cynthia Rovai – Lebanon
Helena Schlam – Columbus
Suzyn Schwebel Epstein – Boardman (Past President)
Ira Segalewitz – Dayton
Read the Ohio Council On Holocaust & Genocide Education By-Laws