imgViolinist Miri Ben-Ari Philanthropy: The Gedenk Movement

Miri Ben-Ari is Co-Founder and CEO of


The Gedenk Movement is a non-profit organization that runs creative programs to promote tolerance and Holocaust awareness 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.

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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 ( 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 ten years w, have established a successful track record of creative campaigns that reached millions. Our current programs include thr “Gedenk Award for Tolerance:” a highly acclaimed national contest and scholarship program for middle and high school students to promote tolerance. In our fourth year partnership with “Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” this program received thousands of 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.


  • American Cancer Society
  • Animal Fair
  • Art for Life
  • Asia Society
  • Anti Defamation League
  • Big Vision Empty Wallet
  • Black Girls Rock
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Board of Education
  • Charity Buzz
  • Chicago Holocaust Museum
  • Chopra Foundation
  • Comedy Cures
  • David Lynch Foundation
  • Fellowship between Israel & Black America
  • Freedom Schools
  • Friends Of The Israel Defense Force
  • Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
  • Gabrielle Angel Foundation
  • Gedenk
  • Get Schooled
  • Global Initiative on Aids
  • Israeli leadership Council
  • Israel Sport Center for the Disabled
  • Jewish Federations
  • MLK National Memorial Foundation
  • NAN- National Action Network
  • One Voice
  • Pheonix House
  • Seeds of Peace United Nations
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Susan G Komen Breast Cancer
  • The Wayuu Taya foundation
  • Unicef
  • United States Holocaust Museum
  • United Jewish Appeal
  • Urban Zen
  • VH1 Save the Music
  • Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • Yad Vashem
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