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Gala event: “A Toast to Freedom!”

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A Toast to Freedom

Come join us at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in a beautiful setting next to the Statue of Liberty for a gala luncheon — “A Toast to Freedom!” — to benefit the Sousa Mendes Foundation.

Master of Ceremonies:
Actor Michel Gill (“House of Cards”), the son and grandson of Sousa Mendes visa recipients.

Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York’s 10th Congressional District, recognized by Time magazine for his political courage;

Dr. Eva Fogelman, psychologist and advocate for Holocaust survivors; author of the seminal book on Holocaust rescue, Conscience & Courage;

Maggie Favretti, teacher at Scarsdale High School; founder and advisor of the group Students for Refugees in Westchester County.

Live musical performance:
Highlights from “Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides” with tenor Benjamin Sloman as Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Michel Gill narrating as his twin brother César, soprano Marina Harris as Angelina de Sousa Mendes, tenor Gilad Paz as Salazar, Pedro da Silva on Portuguese guitar, and the composer Neely Bruce at the piano.

Flowers provided by Amy’s Greenhouse.


October 29
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
New York, NY United States
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