Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, established The Elie
Wiesel Foundation for Humanity soon after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize
for Peace. The Foundation's mission,
rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance
and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that
promote acceptance, understanding and equality.
The international conferences of The Elie Wiesel Foundation
for Humanity serve as a catalyst for change and action. The conferences, which
focus on themes of Peace, Education, Health, the Environment and Terrorism,
serve to bring together Nobel Laureates and world leaders to discuss social
problems and develop suggestions for change.
The Foundation hosted its inaugural conference, Facing the 21st Century: Threats & Promises, in 1988 gathering 79
Nobel Laureates in Paris. The Conference paved the way for a series of
conferences including: The Anatomy of
Hate; Tomorrow’s Leaders; The Future of Hope; and the Petra Conferences of Nobel Laureates.
In the United States, the Foundation has for 25 years
offered the Ethics Essay Contest which challenges college juniors and seniors to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's
For more than 20 years, the Foundation
operates two Beit Tzipora Centers for Study and Enrichment in Israel. These Centers, in Ashkelon
and Kiryat Malachi, focus on educating the Ethiopian-Jewish community and
giving Ethiopian-Israeli students the opportunity to participate fully in
Israeli society. Close to one thousand boys and girls are currently enrolled in
after-school programs that serve as a model for other schools.