Events

12:00 pm
2021-04-07 Yom HaShoah Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Join us as we commemorate Yom HaShoah with our esteemed panel led by Executive Producer, Nancy Spielberg and Director, Roberta Grossman of the film “Who Will Write our History?” The film tells the story of historian Emanuel Ringelblum who led the Warsaw Ghetto resistance and brings to life the adage ‘the pen is mightier than the sword.’ After hundreds of thousands of Jews were imprisoned by German forces in the Warsaw Ghetto a group of writers and scholars code-named the Oyneg Shabbes (The Joys of Shabbat) began to document their culture, daily lives and the atrocities perpetrated against them. Ringelblum and his cohorts sealed and buried thousands of pages of their stories beneath the buildings of the ghetto before it was burnt, and everyone murdered. However, in a bittersweet ‘victory’ their story lives on.The panel will share video highlights from the film and discuss: What inspired them to create such a poignant cinematic and comprehensive picture of this period.What they hoped to achieve by incorporating the reading of excerpts of the actual letters and diaries recovered from the ghetto.Their hope for the legacy of this film, as an educational tool capturing both tremendous grief and extraordinary determination. Streamed live, the program will feature: Nancy Spielberg Roberta Grossman 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.

12:00 pm
Experimental Biology of Aging: Zuckerman Institute Science Series

As we grow older, we are more likely to be diagnosed with one or more chronic ailments. These ailments rob us of our quality of life. Science seeks to understand the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms that make aging a major risk factor and driver of common chronic conditions and diseases of older people. The goal of science remains focused on discovering the basic biology at the intersection of aging, chronic disease, frailty, and resilience. By studying what happens during the aging process of different species, investigators hope to discover similarities and differences between these conditions as they relate to aging. Join our scientific panel, a Zuckerman Faculty Scholar from Israel and his U.S. based colleague and fellow researcher as part of our new series in cooperation with the Zuckerman Institute which explores the impact of science and technology on our everyday lives. These experts will discuss: How the aging process affects disease progression and susceptibility;How the African Turquoise Killifish, the model organism can be used to screen for genes and drugs, that slow or reverse aging and age-related diseases.How their collaboration which began during their postdoctoral studies continues today in their respective laboratories Streamed live, the program will feature: Dr. Bérénice A. BenayounAssistant Professor of Gerontology and Biological SciencesUniversity of Southern California Itamar Harel, PhDAssistant Professor in GeneticsHebrew University of Jerusalem Greetings: Ruby ShamirExecutive DirectorAmerica-Israel Friendship League (Israel) 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.

12:00 pm
The Evolution of Education in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond

The Corona Virus pandemic has revised and rewritten the syllabus for the 2020-2021 academic year and perhaps beyond. Across the US, Israel and around the world educational professionals have had to be creative when reimagining their classrooms and engaging their students whose abilities span the spectrum of assessment models. With no definite timeline to resume full scale traditional in person classes, providing quality virtual education or a hybrid curriculum is key. Pandemic teaching has no road map and has proven to be an emotional roller coaster-- tough on teachers, administrators and students. Join our panel of American and Israeli educators led by our guest moderator, Dr. Daniel Domenech, Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators who will explore the trials and triumphs related to: Overseeing schools/school districts under quarantine while staying connected to staff, parents, and students Implementing everchanging guidelines from national, state and city/municipal governing agenciesSupporting staff and providing strategies that address their most crucial issues including mental healthGuaranteeing quality distance learning and ensuring that no child is left behind with glaring disparities in access to technology, and moreStreamed live from Israel and the United States, the program will feature: Streamed live from Israel and the United States, the program will feature: Anita SkopCommunity Superintendent - District 15Brooklyn, New York (NY) Dr. Michelle ReidSuperintendentNorthshore School District (WA) Arie KoganDeputy General ManagerHaKfar Hayarok (Israel) Dr. Dalit AktrachiDirector, Department of External Relations& UNESCO Ministry of Education, Israel Moderator: Dr. Dan DomenechExecutive Director, AASAThe School Superintendents Association 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.

12:00 pm
Combating Domestic Violence Together

For some, sheltering at home during the pandemic exposed the threats at home, that exist for many but are often unseen and left unaddressed. In the next of our ICONS series with Jewish Women International, we explore the phenomenon of domestic violence from the point of view of both local and national efforts in the U.S. and Israel. Join us for this panel of experts to learn more about: Findings from JWI's yearlong needs assessment: Raising Awareness and Understanding of Domestic Violence in the Jewish CommunityThe experience of Na’amat practitioners and their focus within diverse communities in IsraelThe perspectives from Woman2Woman about the need for a more systemic approach to therapeutic care from entering the shelter through sustainable reintegration Legal and policymaking efforts addressing domestic violence Streamed live from Israel and the United States, the program will feature: Naomi SchneidermanExecutive Director of Woman to Woman(Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women) Deborah RosenbloomChief Program OfficerJewish Women International Rob “Roberta” ValentePolicy Consultant on Domestic Violence Maisam JaljuliChairperson of Na’amat Meredith JacobsCEO Jewish Women International Ruby ShamirExecutive DirectorAmerica Israel Friendship League (Israel) ICONS is a partnership of Jewish Women International (JWI) and the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL). Conversations are hosted by Ruby Shamir, Executive Director and Director of International Operations of the Israel Office of AIFL, and moderated by Meredith Jacobs, CEO of JWI , and alumna of the America-Israel Friendship League’s Influential Women Delegation. Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.