Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc.
5801 W. 115th St.
Suite 106
Overland Park KS 66211-1800
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 3278190
Mission Statement
The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) teaches the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jean G. Zeldin
Board Chair Mr. Steve Flekier
Board Chair Company Affiliation CPA - CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1993
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) teaches the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide.
Background Statement
Holocaust survivors Isak Federman and Jack Mandelbaum founded the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) in 1993. Located at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, MCHE reaches and teaches both youths and adults through school and community outreach programs, often offered in cooperation with other non-profits. In this way, MCHE builds bridges to the non-Jewish community. This priority is reflected in our board of directors, approximately 1/3 of whom are not Jewish.
MCHE is a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO). Jean Zeldin, MCHE’s Executive Director, serves as treasurer of the AHO board of directors, providing her with access to renowned to scholars and a network of other Holocaust education centers. She also serves on the Kansas Holocaust Commission, which plans the state observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day each spring. 
Impact Statement
  1. Set an all-time record for membership donations, exceeding our goal of $100,000
  2. Set an all-time record for numbers reached through our speakers bureau, including a presentation to the local office of Homeland Security.
  3. Inaugurated a successful adult "lunch and learn," the focus of which was to explore the year 1941. 
  4. Exceeded our financial goal for a benefit concert, Return to Life, featuring music once played by a group of Holocaust survivors who called themselves the Ex-Concentration Camp Orchestra and were invited to perform for the prosecution team at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. 
  5. Partnered with UMKC Law School for a film and lecture on Nazi law, offered for CLE credit in Missouri and Kansas. 


Goals for this year:
  1. Plan for our 25th anniversary celebration, offering 25 programs in the year leading up that.  
  2. Complete and display an extension of our Portrait 2000 exhibit, to include several members of the Russian-speaking survivor community. 
  3. Revisit the mission of our teaching cadre and invite additional educators to join. 
  4. Increase participation in our Certificate in Holocaust Studies program for college and university students.
Needs Statement
  1. Maintain annual membership revenue at a minimum of $100,000.
  2. Secure underwriting for the 2017-2018 White Rose Student Essay Contest (approximately $7,500).
  3. Recruit 2-3 additional children of survivors to participate as volunteers in our speakers bureau. 
  4. Develop a succession plan, to be implemented during the 2018-19 fiscal year.
Service Categories
Educational Services
Areas of Service
KS - Lawrence
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Cass County
MO - Liberty
KS - Leavenworth County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Cass County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
While our immediate audience is drawn from the Greater Kansas City  area, we are increasingly reaching out beyond those boundaries. Eligibility for our essay contest, once limited to the 5-county and then an 18-county metro area, now extends from eastern Kansas through western Missouri, and we have conducted workshops in Abilene, Kansas and Jefferson City, Missouri. Additionally, we are contacted often by educators in outlying areas for Skyped speaker presentations, onsite education sessions, or general guidance about teaching the Holocaust. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
MCHE is dedicated to ensuring that our children and their children never forget the lessons of the Holocaust and continue to honor the memory of the survivors. This responsibility becomes more critical as we lose the eyewitnesses, but through their recorded testimonies and presentations by their children, we strive to maintain personal connections to this history.
 Rarely does a week go by without a teacher calling for resources or guidance, a constituent suggesting a film or speaker that we should bring to Kansas City, or another organization inviting us to co-sponsor a project of mutual interest. It is rewarding to know that MCHE has become the “go-to” organization for Holocaust programming in our community and that people continue to be inspired by this history. Yet, each year it takes more dollars to provide these opportunities, to keep pace with technology, and to keep our doors open.

For over two decades, MCHE has made it our priority to honor and protect the legacy of Holocaust survivors. As the Holocaust becomes more distant, it has never been more important to ensure the preservation of Holocaust memory, securing its place in history, and applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide.
Description The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education engages professional educators as volunteers in the Isak Federman Holocaust Teaching Cadre, our ambassadors of Holocaust education. Meeting monthly, they serve as teacher trainers, as curriculum designers, as bloggers, and as a focus group. In addition, MCHE offers graduate level courses and after-school workshops covering both pedagogy and historical content.
Program Budget $70,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
    1. We have made recent inroads into under-served schools, including those in the Kansas City, MO School District. During the past year, our director of education met with a KCMO curriculum coordinator and engaged a new cadre member who teaches in KCMO. Also, the winner of last year’s essay contest attended Lincoln Prep.
    2. We have had recent success reaching teachers in outlying areas. Our director of education presented workshops in Abilene and Hays, Kansas that generated participation in our summer courses by several of those who attended. 
    Long-Term Success
    1. MCHE's teaching cadre has been in existence since 1995. Through retirements and resignations, we have maintained a core of committed educators who volunteer as mentors to others and serve as our primary focus group and sounding boards on matters regarding teacher education.  
    2. To meet the needs of classroom educators, we conduct bi-annual, online surveys of secondary school teachers. Based on their most recent feedback, we have made changes to our upcoming summer course structure and fee levels and are including a keynote speaker/author in our July course.
    Program Success Monitored By

    Statistics were compiled from written evaluations at the end of the course. 

    Examples of Program Success
    Since 2000, MCHE has been recognized by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in New York as a Center of Excellence. This qualifies us to receive special resources from the JFR and to recommend educators to attend their summer institute in New York. 
    Description This annual competition, launched in 1995, encourages research-based writings and personal reflections on the Holocaust. Finalists and their sponsoring teachers are honored at a reception where winners are announced and awarded cash prizes for educational purposes. Schools represented by the top prize winner in each division (8-9/10-12) receive collections of Holocaust resources. This year's document-based theme requires students explore Jewish resistance in the ghettos. 
    Program Budget $7,500.00
    Category Education, General/Other Educational Research
    Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
    Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
    Program Frequently Assessed Yes
    Short-Term Success
    Students are to demonstrate multi-faceted research on an aspect of the Holocaust and to relate what they learn to their own lives. Essays submitted for the 2016-17 contest will represent at least three new teacher-sponsors.
    Having expanded the eligibility from 18 counties in the metro area to all of eastern Kansas and western Missouri, our goal is that at least 2 of those schools will be located in new counties.
    Long-Term Success
    Although this is not specifically measurable, our goal is that students and teachers will continue as life-long learners on the subject of the Holocaust, develop a higher degree of compassion, and take action to prevent further atrocities from occurring.
    We also define success by maintaining or increasing the number of contestants and/or schools that participate. 
    Program Success Monitored By
    Each year the contest theme includes 2 sections --- one calling for historical research --- and another asking the contestants to provide personal reflections. A scoring rubric which evaluates adherence to theme, documentation, personal insight, grammar and mechanics, is used by the judges.
    Our education director is able to track which schools submit essays and whether or not they have participated previously.
    Examples of Program Success At least 80% of the contestants are able to successfully relate the theme of the essay to their own lives.
    The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education offers a free multi-part monthly program series featuring films that focus on a particular Holocaust theme.  We welcome sponsors for either the series ($500-$1,000) or for individual films ($150).                    
    Program Budget $12,000.00
    Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
    Population Served Adults, ,
    Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
    Program Frequently Assessed Yes
    Short-Term Success Viewing these films in the context of an educational setting will add to each person’s understanding not only of the Holocaust but also of the changing nature of how American culture has approached this history. One may view earlier films and wonder how much Americans actually knew about what was happening. Those produced just after the war may have examined antisemitism without showing the true horror of what happened. Even more recent films based on unrealistic characters or situations may be viewed as attempts to avoid the reality that by then had come to be known as the Holocaust. Providing both Jews and non-Jews with this viewing perspective contributes to a greater understanding of Jewish history and how it is represented.
    Long-Term Success As part of MCHE’s ongoing outreach efforts to educate the community about the nature and importance of Holocaust memory, the film series represents an appealing and publicly accessible vehicle for engaging individuals of diverse interests and backgrounds. This project will reach beyond our traditional audiences, serving as an entry point for those who can then utilize other services and resources that MCHE offers. 
    Program Success Monitored By
    Audience members will be asked to complete short surveys to assess what new information or perspectives they acquired as a result of coming to the event and what types of films and programs they would like to see MCHE offer in the future. These will be compiled by MCHE staff and shared with the board of directors. 
    Last year's survey indicated that the free nature of the series (with free snacks) appealed to the vast majority of the attendees and that they would prefer that we show the films in the social hall rather than in the theater, which would necessitate a ticket cost. 
    Examples of Program Success
    At least 75% of respondents will indicate that the films and/or discussions provided them with new information.
    At least 20 new constituents will be added to our email data base as a result of online registrations.  
    In February 2016, MCHE offered its first adult education series, taught for 5 consecutive weeks by our public historian, Dr. Shelly Cline. The topic that year focused on ghettos. Based on demand and with a new topic of Gendering the Holocaust, this year we moved to a larger room and were filled to capacity (40). The course carries a one-time registration fee of $50.00.
    Program Budget $2,500.00
    Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
    Population Served Adults, ,
    Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
    Program Frequently Assessed Yes
    Short-Term Success Those enrolled in the course will complete a written evaluation to assess what they learned and their satisfaction with the course.
    Long-Term Success Demand will continue for the course and those completing the class will attend future MCHE programs.
    Program Success Monitored By A written evaluation will assess the short term goal. Reservation records for future programs will serve as documentation of future program interest. 
    Examples of Program Success
    • Short term: Those completing the course will indicate learning and satisfaction levels of 4 out of 5.  
    • Long term: 50% of those completing the course will attend an MCHE program within 12 months. 

    Adult children of Holocaust survivors describe their parents' experiences, either at individual schools or as a panel presentation for school groups at the Jewish Community Campus. Many incorporate Power Points and/or portions of their parents' narratives in their presentations, thus personalizing the accounts by reflecting the faces and voices of the survivors.

    Individual presentations are also offered for civic, corporate and religious groups upon request. 
    There is no charge to the schools for programs at their institutions. Twice a year, MCHE offers Second Generation panels at our location, and for this, the schools are charged a minimal fee per student to assure their attendance. The program budget allows for those to be presented in the theater, where there are additional costs.   
    Program Budget $5,500.00
    Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
    Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
    Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
    Program Frequently Assessed Yes
    Short-Term Success Ideally, students will develop greater compassion for those who experienced the Holocaust and for those who are victims today of bigotry and hatred. These presentations can also help students counter claims by Holocaust deniers.
    Long-Term Success Due to the declining population of Holocaust survivors, our center has transitioned from a survivor-based speakers bureau to one that is comprised solely of their children. While it took time and effort on our part to convince teachers of the importance of this perspective, we are now seeing the results of those efforts. Panel programs have been fully subscribed, and we are now seeking additional volunteers to accommodate the growing demand. Because teachers need to provide us with information about their Holocaust curriculum, this program is not viewed simply as "entertainment" or a random field trip. Rather, it is meant to build upon their classroom instruction, encouraging better preparation for students. 
    Program Success Monitored By Anecdotal data by which to measure the success of this program includes attendance and attentiveness of the students. Additionally, students often write notes to the speakers and teachers often participate in other programs offered by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. 
    Examples of Program Success Last year's speakers bureau programs reached a record number of young people and adults.
    CEO Comments
    Ongoing programs include an annual essay contest, an academic round table of college and university professors, and teacher education, including graduate level courses and a volunteer cadre of professional educators who serve as teacher-trainers. We also offer special lectures and exhibits as well as programs to honor survivors and commemorate milestone events. Our resource center houses over 3,000 titles which are available for free loan, including testimonies by local survivors.

    We publish a semi-annual newsletter and are on the web at www.mchekc.org. MCHE has created resources to preserve local connections to the Holocaust: videotaped testimonies, documentary film based on survivor testimonies, a photographic exhibit published in book form (From the Heart) by Kansas City Star Books, and “Mosaic of Memories,” a CD-ROM that provides an overview of the Holocaust through faces and experiences of survivors from our community. Writing projects have included those for survivors (The Memory Project) and their children and grandchildren (Collective Voices).

    Recently we streamlined and updated our classroom resource chests, which became too cumbersome (nearly 200 pounds each), and outdated (most include VHS tapes and not DVDs). Instead, we now use roller bags that can be more easily transported and the contents of which align with teachers' changing needs. These "suitcases" reflect the following themes:
    1. Local survivors 
    2. Anne Frank 
    3. Night by Elie Wiesel
    In this time of rising antisemitism and hate speech, these programs and others remind us of the consequences of apathy, inaction, and unchallenged bigotry. Since most of our constituents are non-Jews, we have the opportunity to dispel myths and misinformation by educating them about Jewish history and tradition, exploring not only the atrocities of the Holocaust but also prewar Jewish culture and the resilience of those who survived.
    Executive Director/CEO
    Executive Director Mrs. Jean G. Zeldin
    Term Start Aug 1993
    Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
    Jean Zeldin, MCHE’s founding executive director, is a career educator, holding a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She taught junior high and middle school social studies and language arts for 24 years in the Shawnee Mission School District and (concurrently) served as principal of The New Reform Temple Sunday School.
    As a volunteer, Jean chaired an adult literacy program at the Gillis Home for the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri and served on the board of directors and as chair of the education committee for the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. In her professional capacity, Jean serves as treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and as an appointed member of the Kansas Holocaust Commission.
    Co-CEO/Executive Director
    Term Start 0
    Compensation Last Year
    Senior Staff
    Title Director of School Programs and Teacher Education
    Experience/Biography Jessica Rockhold, School Outreach Coordinator (2003): B.A. European History and M.A. Museum Studies, (emphasis in Holocaust history), University of Kansas; Research Intern, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Title Public Historian
    Paid Full-Time Staff 3
    Paid Part-Time Staff 2
    Volunteers 75
    Paid Contractors 3
    Retention Rate 100%
    Staff Diversity (Gender)
    Female 5
    Male 0
    Formal Evaluations
    CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
    CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
    Plans & Policies
    Organization Has a Fundraising Plan No
    Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
    Management Succession Plan Under Development
    Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
    Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
    Whistleblower Policy Yes
    Document Destruction Policy No
    We participate with other area nonprofits on specific programs. These partners have included the National Archives at Kansas City, National World War I Museum, Truman Presidential Museum and Library, Eisenhower Library, Center for Practical Bioethics, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Kansas, Kansas City Art Institute, Coterie Theatre, and the Kansas City Public Library. We are a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and an active member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations.
    Center of ExcellenceJewish Foundation for the Righteous0
    Philly Award - Unique Concept for Collective VoicesNonProfit Connect2012
    Government Licenses
    Is your organization licensed by the government? No
    CEO Comments Our greatest challenge, of course, is the diminishing survivor population, which currently numbers approximately just under 50. While nothing will replace first person testimony and having eyewitnesses speak directly to young people and adults, we have been preparing for this time since our founding through oral testimonies, photography and writing projects,  involvement of children of survivors in our speakers bureau, and posting of 73 testimonies by local Holocaust survivors on our website. 
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Mr. Steve Flekier
    Company Affiliation CPA - CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
    Term June 2017 to June 2019
    Email Steve.Flekier@claconnect.com>
    Board Members
    Mrs. Alice Jacks Achtenberg Attorney - Department of Labor
    Mrs. Robynn Andraczek Burns and McDonnell
    Mr. Christopher Beal Public Policy and Advocacy, Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals
    Mrs. Stacy Van Der Tuuk Benson Educator
    Mrs. Cathy Blake Retired Educator
    Mr. Steve Cole Businessman
    Ms. Katherine DeBruce Community Volunteer
    Mr. Steve Flekier CPA - CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
    Mrs. Gail Gutovitz Retired Educator
    Mr. G. Richard Hastings Retired CEO, St. Luke's Health System
    Ms. Cheryl Brown Henderson Brown Foundation; Shepherd's Center
    Mrs. Stephanie Herman Community Volunteer
    Dr. Eddie Herman Retired
    Mrs. Jackie Hermanson American Century Investments
    Mrs. Joyce Hess Controller - Mission Hills Country Club
    Ms. Barbra Porter Hill Community Volunteer
    Mr. Lynn C Hoover Retired
    Mrs. Laurie Horn
    Mrs. Kerry Kuluva Preschool Teacher
    Mrs. Susan Bernstein Luetje Community Volunteer
    Mrs. Sharon Epstein Pase Pase Insurance
    Dr. Ronald Sleptiza President, Avila University
    Mr. David Sosland Photographer
    Mrs. Rita Sudhalter Retired Educator
    Mrs. Evy Tilzer Community Volunteer
    Mr. Chuck Udell
    Mr. Karl Zobrist Attorney - Sonnenschein
    Board Demographics - Ethnicity
    African American/Black 1
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 26
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0
    Board Demographics - Gender
    Male 10
    Female 17
    Unspecified 0
    Board Term Lengths 2
    Board Term Limits 3
    Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
    Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
    Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
    Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
    Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
    Constituency Includes Client Representation No
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
    Standing Committees
    Board Development / Board Orientation
    Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
    CEO Comments
    In the case of the death or disability of the executive director, the president of the board shall assume those duties until a suitable replacement can be hired or until the executive director is able to return to her duties. Beginning in July 2017, we will develop a succession plan, to be implemented sometime in 2019. 
    Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
    Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
    Projected Revenue $360,767
    Projected Expenses $360,750
    Endowment Value $1,814,596
    Spending Policy Percentage
    Percentage 5
    Foundation Comments
    • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
    • FYE 6/30/2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.   
    • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
    Detailed Financials
    Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$0$0$0
    Individual Contributions----$0
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$132,850$125,339$165,452
    Membership Dues$0$0$90,298
    Special Events$0$0$0
    Revenue In-Kind$45,432$0$0
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Program Expense$350,217$225,227$173,471
    Administration Expense$133,143$182,253$174,487
    Fundraising Expense$12,245$16,659$23,414
    Payments to Affiliates----$0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.291.18
    Program Expense/Total Expenses71%53%47%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%4%14%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Total Assets$2,599,208$2,687,031$2,376,781
    Current Assets$165,635$164,399$2,324,220
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities$7,372$871$228
    Total Net Assets$2,591,836$2,686,160$2,376,553
    Short-Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities22.47188.7510193.95
    Long-Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
    Capital Campaign
    Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
    Organization Comments
    In addition to the permanent endowment, we have a "board-designated" endowment totaling $402,673. Funds from this pool may be allocated to the annual budget by the board of directors when a deficit is anticipated or realized. For the current year, $50,000 was so designated but will not be needed. That amount, plus another $25,000 has been approved as a contingency for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Whether or not it is necessary to use these funds will depend partially upon our success with grant applications and at least maintaining our current level of membership revenue. 
    Organization Name Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc.
    Address 5801 W. 115th St.
    Suite 106
    Overland Park, KS 662111800
    Primary Phone (913) 3278190
    Contact Email Info@mchekc.org
    CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jean G. Zeldin
    Board Chair Mr. Steve Flekier
    Board Chair Company Affiliation CPA - CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
    Year of Incorporation 1993