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December 2018

Escape to Life: exhibit and artist talk in New Rochelle, NY

December 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Chez Sills,
125 Oxford Road
New Rochelle, NY United States
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Journey Maps 1940

Leah Rozenfeld Sills, Vice-President of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, invites you to

Escape to Life, an exhibit and artist talk with:

Gaia Starr, ceramic artist and author of

Journey Maps 1940, a ceramic novel

and

Joan Arnay Halperin, author of

My Sister’s Eyes:  A Family Chronicle of Rescue and Loss During World War II

A benefit for the Sousa Mendes Foundation

Artist talks at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Coffee and kosher desserts!

Donations (of any amount) can be made at:

www.crowdrise.com/visastofreedom

Or by check or cash in person.

Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Questions?  Call (877) 797-9759 or email:  olivia@sousamendesfoundation.org

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Film screening in Key West, Florida

December 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Congregation B’nai Zion,
750 United St.
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Congregation B’nai Zion 2018-19 Film Series, M3M presents Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story. Q&A will be led by Robert Jacobvitz, longtime activist in the Sousa Mendes cause and the Chair of the Sousa Mendes Foundation’s Advisory Council.  Refreshments will be served.  

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January 2019
$5

Film screening in Tucson, Arizona

January 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Desertview Preforming Arts Center,
39900 S. Clubhouse Dr 85739 United States
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Peter Barrett

The Tucson Jewish Film Festival presents Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.  A post-screening discussion will be led by Peter Barrett, whose Austrian-Jewish grandparents received lifesaving visas in 1940 from Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

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Film screening in Coral Gables, Florida

January 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
University of Miami Bill Cosford Cinema,
5030 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, FL United States
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The University of Miami presents a screening of Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  A post-screening discussion will be led by Robert Jacobvitz, Chair of the Sousa Mendes Foundation’s Advisory Council.  Refreshments will be served.

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March 2019

A celebration of Sugihara and Sousa Mendes

March 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Home of Eric and Leah Sills,
125 Oxford Road
New Rochelle, NY United States
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Sugihara and ASM

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, the leading world authority on the Righteous Diplomats, will speak in an intimate wine-and-cheese gathering to which you are invited!  Dr. Paldiel is the former director of the Righteous Among the Nations department at Yad Vashem and will speak about Chiune SugiharaAristides de Sousa MendesGeorg Duckwitz and other heroes.  

Also speaking will be Armand Lerner, a Sousa Mendes visa recipient, and Chaim Jaskoll, whose family was saved by Sugihara. On view during this special event will be the ceramic novel “Journey Maps 1940” by Gaia Starr, depicting her family’s exodus from Nazi-occupied Europe with the help of Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

This is a very special event that you won’t want to miss!  If you plan to come, kindly RSVP to info@sousamendesfoundation.org. Or give us a call at (877) 797-9759.

April 2019
free

Yom Hashoah in New Bedford, MA

April 5 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Holocaust Memorial Monument,
Buttonwood Park
New Bedford, MA United States
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New Bedford

 

In recognition of the special relationship between the city of New Bedford, MA and the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Jewish Federation of New Bedford will present a gift to the Sousa Mendes Foundation on the occasion of the annual Yom Hashoah service of the city of New Bedford at Buttonwood Park.  Representing the Foundation will be Robert Jacobvitz, Chair of the Advisory Council, who played a key role in the early recognitions of Sousa Mendes in New Bedford and elsewhere in the 1980s.  Representing the Jewish Federation will be Amir Cohen, Executive Director.

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Film screening in Durham, New Hampshire

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Community Church of Durham, NH,
17 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824 United States
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The Community Church of Durham, NH presents the award-winning film, Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.  Post-screening Q&A will be led by Dr. Douglas Wheeler, historian and expert on Portugal during World War II.  The event is free and open to the public.

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May 2019
free and open to the public

Rescue: The Sousa Mendes Story

May 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
US Military Academy at West Point,
444 Thayer Hall
West Point, NY United States
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Rozenfeld

Stefan Rozenfeld was born in 1934 in Lodz, Poland. His father, Abraham, was a ribbon manufacturer traveling in Belgium when World War II began on September 1, 1939. Separated from his wife Eugenia (Jenny) and Stefan, Abraham organized a daring escape that reunited the family.  However, without the help of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul in Bordeaux, France, the Rozenfeld family would never had mad it to safety.  Stefan Rozenfeld and his daughter Leah Rozenfeld Sills will tell his, and their family story.

This discussion is part of the Harold A. Gottesman ’50 Lecture Series and is open to the public.

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free but donations accepted

Film screening in White Plains, NY

May 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
468 Rosedale Ave
White Plains, NY 10605 United States
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The Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism presents Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.  Q&A will be led by Miriam Turkel, whose parents received visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes in June of 1940.  Refreshments will be served.  

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June 2019

Lecture: Aristides de Sousa Mendes, A Man of Conscience

June 23 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Hotel Iberostar,
Rua Castilho, 64
Lisbon, Portugal
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Mariana Abrantes

Mariana Abrantes de Sousa, Treasurer of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, will speak about Aristides de Sousa Mendes and the work of the Sousa Mendes Foundation during the International Council of B’nai B’rith Meeting from June 23-25, 2019.  Mariana’s talk will be held on Sunday, June 23rd at 11:45 a.m. and will be followed by a testimonial of Monica Barzilay, whose family received visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

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