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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 7:30pm
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Free, but RSVP is required
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Bender JCC Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
20852 Rockville , MD

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Israeli American council is proud to present two inspirational exhibitions.


BESA: A Code of Honor-Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

This exhibit, developed and curated by Yad Vashem, is about the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ – non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. It is comprised of portraits and text about Muslim families in Albania, who saved Jews during the Holocaust, converging two seemingly opposed worlds. The remarkable assistance afforded to Jews during this time was grounded in BESA, the code of honor which still exists today. This exhibit is on loan from the American Society for Yad Vashem.

IsraAID: Stories of Courage and Resilience

This exhibit features photographs and stories documenting rescue and relief efforts by Israel for world communities devastated by natural disasters. Photos/resources provided by IsraAID, the Israel Trauma Center and the Israel Defense Forces.

Please join us for the pre-opening night of the exhebitions, featuring Marlene W. Yahalom, PhD, Director of Educations at the American Society for Yad VaShem, and Amit Gerstein, IsraAID Humanitarian Fellow.

The event is free but RSVP is required.

The event is in partnership with the Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee, Bender JCC, the American Society for Yad Vashem, and IsraAID.