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February 2021
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Soros

February 21
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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Billionaire activist George Soros is one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. Famous for betting against the Bank of England in 1992 and making a billion dollars in one day, he is maligned by ideologues on both the left and the right for daring to tackle the world’s problems and putting his money behind his fight – from free elections and freedom of the press to civil rights for minorities. With unprecedented access to the man and his inner circle, filmmaker Jesse Dylan, the son of music icon Bob Dylan, follows Soros across the globe and pulls back the curtain on his personal history, private wealth, and public activism. The resulting filmed portrait reveals a complicated genius whose experience as a Jew during the Holocaust gave rise to a lifelong crusade against authoritarianism and hate. (more…)

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Nobody Wants Us

February 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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In 1940, a ship called the S.S. Quanza left the port of Lisbon carrying several hundred Jewish refugees to freedom. Most of them held life-saving visas issued by the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes. But events went terribly wrong, and the passengers became trapped on the ship when no country would accept them. Nobody Wants Us tells the gripping true story of how Eleanor Roosevelt stepped in to save the passengers on board. Other heroes of the Quanza were the lawyers Jacob and Sallie Morewitz and members of the National Council of Jewish WomenThis is an episode in American history that everyone should know!
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March 2021
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Bulgarian Miracle

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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In 1943, during the darkest times of human history, a handful of people in tiny Bulgaria stood up against Hitler… and succeeded. This is a true story about the remarkable rescue of 49,172 people — the entire Jewish population of Bulgaria. Plamen Petkov‘s documentary film 49,172 tells the story.

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Dear Fredy

March 14
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK

6 PM LONDON • 7 PM PARIS • 8 PM JERUSALEM

(Please note: Daylight Savings Time in the United States)

“We Jews don’t have saints, but we do have tzaddikim, righteous people, people of tzedek, of justice. Perhaps the word could also be translated as ‘decency.’”

Zuzana Růžičková, Holocaust survivor, speaking about Fredy Hirsch
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April 2021
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Hava Nagila — Anthem of Jewish Rejoicing

April 11
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

Join us for a celebration!

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Hava Nagila (The Movie) is a documentary romp through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor and more, the film follows the ubiquitous party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of America. High on fun and entertainment, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is also surprisingly profound, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music and the resilient spirit of a people. 

“When you find a song that says ‘Let us rejoice,’ there’s no better song to leave an evening with. Hava Nagila tells us who we should be and what we, in a fundamental sense, aspire to be – peoples of love and joy and peace.” – Harry Belafonte
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Rescue at Entebbe

April 18
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK

9 PM JERUSALEM

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“I flew to the Entebbe operation as an Israeli, and returned to Israel as a Jew.” – Rami Sherman

This year marks the 45th anniversary of history’s most daring and influential rescue: the 1976 Operation Thunderbolt, during which Israeli commandos liberated more than 100 hostages held by German and Palestinian terrorists in Entebbe, Uganda. Meet one of the mission’s leaders, Rami Sherman, who served as an officer in Israel’s top commando unit, and Boaz Dvir, an award-winning nonfiction storyteller who spent the past decade researching this operation, to hear a new take on an operation that continues to impact America’s counterterrorism strategy.

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Lessons in Moral Courage — Irshad Manji in conversation with Abraham H. Foxman

April 25
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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Irshad Manji is the winner of Oprah Winfrey’s first annual Chutzpah Award for boldness. As founder of the Moral Courage Project, Irshad equips people to do the right thing in the face of fear. She discovered her mission through a deeply personal journey. In 2003, Irshad released The Trouble with Islam Today, an open letter to her fellow Muslims about why anti-Semitism and other prejudices must end in the name of Allah. In 2007, Irshad turned the book into an Emmy-nominated PBS film, Faith Without Fear. And in 2011, she published Allah, Liberty & Love, which shows how Islam can be reinterpreted for the 21st century. Along the way, Irshad became a professor of moral courage — first teaching at New York University and now lecturing with Oxford University’s Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights. Irshad’s latest book is Don’t Label Me. In our deeply polarized time, she says, standing for what’s right is not enough to make progress. We must also learn to engage the “Other.” Labeling is easy. But listening is a form of moral courage. (more…)

May 2021
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Captain Barros Basto, the Portuguese Dreyfus

May 2
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11 AM LOS ANGELES • 2 PM NEW YORK

7 PM LISBON • 9 PM JERUSALEM

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Artur Carlos de Barros Basto was a captain in the Portuguese military who was discharged as a Jew despite having been raised as a Catholic. Descended from a family forcibly converted during The Inquisition, he rediscovered his Judaism and underwent a formal conversion. Then he built the largest synagogue in the Iberian peninsula in order to attract other “conversos” to reclaim the religion of their ancestors. A remarkable story!  (more…)

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Faye Schulman, Partisan and Photographer

May 9
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1 PM LOS ANGELES • 4 PM NEW YORK

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This Mother’s Day program remembers the brave partisan Faye Schulman, whose photographs are the only visual record of the resistance action of the Polish partisans. The program is co-presented with the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF) and will be moderated by Mitch Braff.
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Spy Princess — The Story of Noor Inayat Khan

May 16

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Books available! We are offering signed and inscribed copies of the best-selling historical thriller Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu in conjunction with this program. Price: $18 + shipping.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Shrabani Basu - Copy (1)Shrabani Basu is a journalist and best-selling author. Her books include The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer: Arthur Conan Doyle, George Edalji and the Case of the Foreigner in the English Village, For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant (now a major motion picture), Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan, and Curry: The Story of the Nation’s Favourite DishShe is the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust which campaigned for a memorial for the World War II heroine in London. It was unveiled by Princess Anne in 2012. 

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