About Us

Our Mission Statement

The Gedenk Movement is a non-profit organization that runs creative programs to promote tolerance to the youth. Our unique programs, utilizing arts and culture such as music, writing and dance as platforms for self-expression, strive to make a difference by increasing tolerance and ethnic understanding to safeguard a peaceful society.

Who We Are

The Gedenk Movement is a 501(c)3 established in 2008, by a small group of people, led by our co-founder and CEO, Grammy Award-Winning violinist, producer and humanitarian Miri Ben-Ari, originally from Israel and a third generation to Holocaust survivors, Ms. Ben-Ari co-founded Gedenk with the intention to fight discrimination and promote tolerance. The word GEDENK means “remember” in Yiddish.

What We Do


In the past eight years we have established a successful track record of creative campaigns that reached millions. Our current programs include “Gedenk Dance for Tolerance:” a social dance program in Jersey City public schools and “Gedenk Award for Tolerance:” a highly acclaimed national contest and scholarship program for middle and high school students to promote tolerance. In our third year partnership with “Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” this program received an unprecedented amount of about 12,000 submissions nationwide which showed us that many young people today are passionate about promoting tolerance.
Past campaigns include a series of three public service announcements titled “The Holocaust happened to people like us.” With support of millions of dollars in free air time from television stations such as MTV, Viacom, FOX, NBC, MTV, ABC and CBS, Gedenk has increasingly been reaching millions of people to promote tolerance, diversity and ethnic understanding.

Meet Our Founders

Miri Ben-AriFounder and CEO

Ann Oster
Founder and Treasurer 

Miri Ben-AriFounder and CEO

Jane Oster
Founder and President of Gedenk