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Exodus — The Ship that Launched a Nation

January 15

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The story of the Exodus, the ship that carried 4,500 Jewish refugees from Europe to Palestine in 1947, encapsulates the essence of Israel’s creation — a journey, an exodus — from the hellish depths of the Holocaust to the exhilarating heights of independence and nationhood.



⇒ January 13-16, watch Uri Borreda‘s film Exodus – The True Story on your home device. A link will be provided to all who register.

⇒ Sunday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. US Eastern Time, tune into the program with our distinguished panel of guests. A link will be provided to all who register.




Screen Shot 2022-12-14 at 10.24.13 PMMichael Stolowitzky (right) was a passenger on the Exodus voyage. He was rescued by his Polish nanny who fulfilled a promise to Michael’s mother to bring him to Palestine. Together the boy and his nanny experienced the Exodus saga, and she eventually settled with him in Israel and raised him as her son.  She was declared a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, and their story is told in the bestselling book, Gertruda’s Oath — A Child, A Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II. He is retired from American Express and divides his time between the United States and Israel.

Screen Shot 2022-11-21 at 11.28.59 PMIsraeli screenwriter, director, and producer Uri Borreda (left) has been making documentary films since 1987. These include Born to Fly, Exodus – The True Story (created for Israel’s Channel 1), The History of the Land of Israel, and Box for Life. His films have been shown in film festivals worldwide and won several awards. Box for Life won Best Feature Documentary in Ramsgate film festival UK 2019, and Best documentary feature theme award in Overcome film festival USA 2019. He is a member of the Israeli Directors Guild and of the Israeli Academy of Film and Television.

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Dr. Zvi Hatkevitz (right) was in his mother’s womb when his parents, survivors of the Holocaust, sailed on the illegal immigration ship Exodus and fought the British to be allowed to enter Palestine. 71 years later, he successfully persuaded the Israeli government to award medals to those immigrants for their contribution to Israel’s establishment. He was born in the Sengwarden detention camp in Germany after his parents were deported by the British government from Haifa to Hamburg. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry and fought in the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War.

Mordecai Paldiel (2)

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel (left) headed the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem from 1982-2007. His books include The Path of the RighteousSheltering the JewsSaving the JewsDiplomat Heroes of the HolocaustSaving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers During the Holocaust and The Righteous Among the Nations. He teaches at Stern College and Touro College and serves on the Board of the Sousa Mendes Foundation. Thanks to his efforts, there is now a square named for Aristides de Sousa Mendes as well as a street named for Raoul Wallenberg, both in Jerusalem. He is a member of the B’nai Brith committee in Israel honoring Jewish rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust.


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