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The Lusia Milch Story: A Gift of History

The legacy, and lessons, of a generation of eyewitnesses to the mass destruction of European Jewish life, have been enriched in the past few years with the documentation of stories and accounts, now preserved for future generations. A newly commissioned memoir film, sharing the life and losses of Lusia Milch, contributes to this tapestry of layered history. Motivated by a son’s birthday present for his mother’s 90th birthday, A Survivor’s Journey, The Lusia Milch Story is not only a gift that honored his mother but contributes to a broader imperative of the moment to be alert to signs of intolerance. The heroine of this documentary film, Lusia Milch, and her son David, are joined on this panel by the film’s director, Julia Mintz, as well as the Director of the Yad Vashem Visual Center, Liat Benhabib, to provide insights and context on the importance on preserving first person history. The program will include several clips from the full-length production and cover the following: • European Jewish life pre-World War II• Manifestations of anti-Semitism • Escape from and refugee displacement• Revival of family and hope for the future Streamed live, the program will feature: Lusia MilchHolocaust SurvivorA Survivor's Journey, The Lusia Milch Story Dr. David M. MilchPhysician/PhilanthropistProducer - A Survivor's Journey, The Lusia Milch Story Liat BenhabibDirector, Yad Vashem Visual Center Julia MintzDirector - A Survivor's Journey, The Lusia Milch Story Wayne FirestoneExecutive DirectorAmerica-Israel Friendship League Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.

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NCSL WLN – The Climb: Women and the Legislative Ladder

The United States and Israel have a common opportunity and challenge to advance women into legislative leadership positions today. The U.S. has fallen behind most established democracies with respect to women’s representation in politics. Women remain underrepresented at the federal, state, and local levels. The current uptick in women running for office, while encouraging, is unlikely to close this gender gap. There are currently 2,162 women who serve in the 50 state legislatures making up 29.3% of all state legislators nationwide.Despite Israel's excellent educational opportunities for women, strong legislation and history of women politicians, like their American counterparts Israeli women are also underrepresented in this arena as well. Of course, women’s opportunities and experiences in politics are influenced by factors other than gender. Join us for a discussion with AIFL's partner organization, the National Conference of State Legislatures, with representatives from its Women's Legislative Network, in conversation with two former Members of the Knesset. The discussion will explore: The impact of female legislators on the legislative process Their connections and constituentsPolitical ambition and plans for the futureAmbitions for leadership and higher office Streamed live from Israel and the United States, the program will feature: FMK Dr. Aliza Lavie Senator Sara Feigenholtz FMK Michal Rozin Senator Mary Kiffmeyer Guest Moderator: Elsa A. Ben ShimonPartner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLPBoard Member, AIFL Cassia Romano-AnthonyDirector of ProgramsAmerica-Israel Friendship League Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.

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Jerusalem: An Art Lab of Connectivity

Over the past decade, a group of artists from east and west Jerusalem have reimagined the city as not merely a center of conflict, but rather a canvas of creativity for multiple generations. Mekudeshet, an awards winning arts organization, started its activities with a public festival of the arts providing street venues, in unique settings in Jerusalem, to celebrate the richness of its diversity. Over time, this festival has emerged as a meeting place for artists, art enthusiasts and lovers of Jerusalem from every quarter. This webinar will share some of the original artistic contributions and connections that have been forged as a result of this creative energy and effort. Panelists will include a Co-Founder of Mekudeshet in dialogue with their Director for East Jerusalem and Palestinian Community Relations as well as the lead singer of an indie rock band, born and bred in the Armenian Quarter. The panel will discuss their guiding principles, which include: We love Jerusalem.We understand everything in the city is complicated.We are convinced that art can trailblaze new paths and create points of connection between ideas and communities that are theoretically disconnected.We believe that art can open hearts and bring about positive change in the city that is sacred to us all. Streamed from the United States and Israel, the program will feature: Karen BrunwasserCo-Founder and CSOMekudeshet Apo SahagianMusicianApo and the Apostles Riman BarakatDirector East Jerusalem & Palestinian Community RelationsMekudeshet Host: Wayne FirestoneExecutive DirectorAmerica-Israel Friendship League Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.