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March 2022
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Not Idly By — Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust

March 20
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK • 9 PM JERUSALEM

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Best Documentary, Toronto Jewish Film Festival

In Not Idly By, filmmaker Pierre Sauvage explores the American reaction to the mass murder of the Jews of Europe. Most Americans believe that we didn’t know about the Holocaust until after it was over. Many assume that we couldn’t have done anything even if we had known. Meet Peter Bergson! A Palestinian Jew who had come to the U.S. in 1940, this firebrand led what came to be known as the Bergson Groupwhose protest campaigns helped shatter the silence surrounding the Holocaust. Prominently featured in the film are extended excerpts from the legendary 1943 production by Ben Hecht and Kurt Weill, We Will Never Die. In addition to Sauvage, our panel includes Dr. Rebecca Kook (daughter of Bergson), Dr. Rafael Medoff, and moderator Dr. Mordecai Paldiel.

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April 2022
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Albert Einstein — Still a Revolutionary!

April 24
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK

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Albert Einstein, the most famous scientist of all time, was also the most famous refugee from Nazi-occupied Europe.  An anti-war firebrand, Einstein also spoke out on issues ranging from women’s rights and racism to immigration and nuclear arms control. Using a wealth of rarely-seen archival footage, correspondence, and new and illuminating interviews, filmmaker Julia Newman makes the case that Einstein’s example of social and political activism is as important today as are his brilliant, ground-breaking theories.

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May 2022
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Jews in Jamaica — Finding Safe Harbor

May 1
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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The Caribbean island of Jamaica has had a Jewish community since Jews found refuge there during the Inquisition.  Meet Ainsley Cohen Henriques, prominent leader of Jewish Jamaica whose family has lived on the island for generations. Author Joan Arnay Halperin will share the little-known story of Jews who found a safe but temporary refuge in Jamaica after escaping from Nazi-occupied Europe.  The program will be moderated by Professor Shulamit Reinharz of Brandeis University.

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Mothers of Exile — Emma Lazarus and Lady Liberty

May 8
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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This Mother’s Day program pays tribute to the twin “mothers of exile” — the poet Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty.

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Saving Italy: The Rescue of Nazi-Looted Art

May 15
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12 PM LOS ANGELES • 3 PM NEW YORK

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Beginning in September of 1943, Italy became one of the prime sites for the Nazi plunder of art and cultural treasures. Follow a team of investigative art researchers from the Monuments Men Foundation as they pursue every possible lead to search for artwork and gold looted in Italy by the Nazis. Photo: A painting by Italian master Bernardo Luini stolen by the Hermann Göring Tank Division from the Abbey of Montecassino in Italy and recovered in Altaussee, Austria, 1945. Thomas Carr Howe papers, Archives of American Art.

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The Polish Diplomats who Issued Paraguayan Passports to Save Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe

May 22
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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Stefan Ryniewicz was a Polish diplomat and counselor of the Legation of Poland in Bern, Switzerland between 1940 and 1945. He was part of the Ładoś Group that invented a scheme to save Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe by issuing them with passports to Paraguay and then convincing the Paraguayan government to accept their new citizens. Meet his granddaughter, Alexandra MacMurdo Reiter, and author K. Heidi Fishman, whose family was pulled off a transport to Auschwitz on the strength of one of these life-saving passports. Also on the panel is Holocaust historian Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, whose own family was also helped by Ryniewicz.

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Tevye, the Black Cantor — The Remarkable Story of Thomas LaRue Jones

May 29
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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The history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction primarily focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black vernacular music — ragtime, jazz, swing, R&B and blues, etc. — as performers, promoters, managers, club owners and record labels. However, what has never before been explored were the African-Americans who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in and for the Jewish community, in theaters on record, radio and in concert between the World Wars. The talk will honor the memory of now forgotten Black cantor Thomas LaRue Jones. The talk will feature historic graphics and translations of period Yiddish newspaper previews, ads and reviews and the playing of his only known Yiddish and Hebrew recording.

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June 2022
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Dr. Ruth Westheimer 94th Birthday Celebration

June 5
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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Meet Dr. Ruth Westheimer and join her birthday celebration! Born as Karola Ruth Siegel on June 4, 1928, in Frankfurt, Germany, she grew up as the only child in a privileged Orthodox Jewish family. However, her carefree childhood was violently shattered shortly after Kristallnacht when the SS came to take away her father. In 1939, she was sent on a Kindertransport to Switzerland, where she lived in an orphanage until 1945. She then emigrated to pre-state Israel, became known as Ruth Siegel (dropping the German-sounding Karola) and became a sniper and scout for the Haganah.

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Daughters of the Inquisition — Retracing Long-Lost Jewish Roots

June 12
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK

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This program features the breathtaking stories and genealogical sleuthwork of Doreen Carvajal and Genie Milgrom, who succeeded in reaching back centuries to find their Jewish ancestors in pre-Inquisition Spain and Portugal. (more…)

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Morgenthau

June 19
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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This Father’s Day program pays tribute to three generations of men in the Morgenthau family — an American Jewish dynasty whose continual fight for justice has brought them to the forefront of the most dramatic events of the past hundred years. From fighting for international action against the genocide of Armenians on the cusp of WWI, through the efforts to rescue Jews during the Holocaust despite American political obstruction, and on to the struggle to reduce street crime and pioneer the prosecution of white collar corruption in New York City, the trajectory of the three Morgenthau generations epitomizes the American experience and the lasting value of public service.

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