The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance promotes learning, understanding, and acceptance that honors the cultural dignity of all humanity.
A History of The Greenberg Center
The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance was founded in November of 2003 when Dr. David and Paulette Greenberg were presented with the Temple Shalom Humanitarian Award. In recognition of their award, the Greenberg Center was established to promote learning, understanding and acceptance that honors the cultural dignity of all mankind.
Here are some of the programs that the organization brought to the Colorado Springs Community:
*Rev. Gavin Rogers to speak on Border Crossings: Lessons From the Migrant Caravan
On September 24th, 2019, the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance (GCLT) hosted a lecture and a discussion with the Rev. Gavin Rogers on Border Crossings: Lessons from the Migrant Caravan. The tragic events at the Walmart in El Paso, TX, the arrest of hundreds of immigrant workers in Mississippi, and the controversy surrounding the famous Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty, all highlight the need to have a thoughtful conversation about migration, refugees, and immigrants' contributions to this country.
*Big Sonia :Hosted and Sponsored by Colorado College Hillel and The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance in partnership with Temple Shalom and First Christian Church. May 5th 2019.
Big Sonia is a 2016 award-winning documentary film about the life of Sonia Warshawski, a 94-year old survivor of the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Sonia experienced unspeakable horror as a teenager growing up in Poland during the Nazi occupation. She is also a great-grandmother, tenacious businesswoman, and a 4'8″ diva with a BIG personality. This film is a poignant story of generational trauma and healing with moments of humor and humanity that demonstrate the power of love to triumph over bigotry and the power of truth telling to heal us all.
*Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison featuring SHAKA SENGHOR
October 6th, 2016
Best-Selling Author and Activist On Mass Incarceration and Prison Reform
"If I can get one kid to put down a gun, then sharing my painful story is worth it"
Author, Writing My Wrongs
*For more information on past events that were put together by the Greenberg Center, please visit our website;
It was my pleasure to serve on the original board and to help create some of the early programs. From the very beginning the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance has recognized the power of working with both local and national organizations to bring in quality programs. The center has focused on important and difficult topics from Remembering the Holocaust to Genocide. Another powerful program featured prison reform. We even did a program called Empowered Passion, Stand Up and Be Counted 1871-2009 featuring local people living in Colorado Springs who have made a difference. Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard is an example showing the diversity in program choices. We worked with the Asian Studies Department at Colorado College to show this important film. The Greenberg Center has worked with the Pikes Peak Library District to use their facilities for programs, to partner with programs, and to house exhibits for schools or other organizations to check out.
I am no longer on the board but make it a point to attend all their programs. Over the years the Greenberg Center has presented a wide variety of topics. This is a nonprofit that has demonstrated their ability over the years to offer quality programming. Please visit their website and look at their depth of programing and seriously consider including the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance in your organizations listed in the Colorado Gives program.
Over the past several years, I have attended multiple programs and exhibits sponsored by the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance. The programs and exhibits have always been excellent and very enlightening. They have inspired me to learn more about other cultures and crucial societal issues, particularly the programs highlighting human trafficking and refugees living in Colorado Springs. Programs have covered many cultures over the years, educating the public about injustices and hatred, and providing a venue for promoting learning, understanding, and tolerance.
Soon after I moved to Colorado Springs in 2005, I was absolutely thrilled to learn there was an organization dedicated to creating awareness and understanding of important social causes.
That was the beginning of my long and passionate involvement as a board member with The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance (GCLT). Though I served on several other boards with very worthy causes including The Salvation Army and the Southern Colorado Aids Project, my experience with the GCLT was the most rewarding. That is because without an understanding and acceptance of the dignity of all mankind, there could not be any of these other organizations. The GCLT's mission and the values are the essential foundations of all altruistic, civic, and philanthropic initiatives.
My experience with the GCLT was the highlight of my time in Colorado Springs. Now, more than ever, their work is essential. The injustices that have come to the forefront of America's consciousness can only be healed by understanding the realities of systemic racism, economic injustice, and inequality.
After Dr. David and Paulette Greenberg were presented with the Temple Shalom Humanitarian Award, a coalition of community members at Temple Shalom created The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance (GCLT).
We all believed strongly in developing programs with current topics that spread a gamut of significant issues. We also wanted to recognize individuals whose actions and stories made a difference in the world.
Program topics covered the Holocaust, religious interactions, difficulties different ethnic groups face, genocide, local citizens who changed the direction of our city, the power of forgiveness, human trafficking, grief, among others.
There have been movies, speakers, music events, and magnificent displays.
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Hundreds of citizens attended the programs gaining new understanding and hopefully a bit more tolerance.
The impact the programs have made in this community by focusing on difficult, yet, important issues is amazing.
In today's volatile climate, it is more important than ever that the GCLT continue their critical work to reach out to the Pikes Peak region. More vital programs will provide opportunities for people to observe, to listen, to think, to question, to converse, to sing and to dance, which will bring us together as human beings.