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International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Diplomats’ Exhibit and Screening of “Shores of Light”

On International Holocaust Day, the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center presents Beyond Duty, an exhibit of 30 foreign diplomats who saved Jews and minorities during WWII, and a screening of the documentary film Shores of Light.

The screening will be preceded by a reception with the Israeli and Italian Consul Generals.

Shlomi Kofman, Israel’s Consul General to the Pacific NW, will give the background of the exhibit which pays tribute to diplomats from 21 countries who were recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.

Lorenzo Ortona, the Consul General of Italy and current EU Presidency Chair in San Francisco, will give us an introduction to the documentary film Shores of Light: Salento 1945–1947. Directed by Yael Katzir, 2015, 56 minutes, Italian with English subtitles.

Film Synopsis
Thousands of Jewish survivors landed in Southern Italy after WWII, on their way to Israel. Amazed by the welcome they received from the local population that so contrasted with the years of hatred they had endured, they found joy and healing while they awaited the ships that would run the British blockade. Hundreds of children were born during the wait. The film follows the story of three Israeli women born during this time as they discover the place and culture where their parents began to believe in life again. Weaving rare historical footage with unique current testimonials, the film captures a ray of light after great darkness.

The Evening’s Schedule
6:30–7:15 pm | Reception and exhibition viewing
7:00–7:15 pm | Welcome from both Consul Generals: Israel Consul General to the Pacific NW, The Honorable Shlomi Kofman and Italian Consul General, Lorenzo Ortona, Current EU Presidency Chair in San Francisco
7:15–8:20 pm | Shores of Light Film Screening
8:20–9:00 pm | Coffee + Q&A.

Open to the public
– All guests need to clear a security check at the door and must bring a form of identification with them in order to attend the event.
– No backpacks will be allowed inside the event, purses are ok.

Tuesday, January 29 | 6:30–9:00 PM
Exhibition and Reception: 6:30 PM
Film Screening: 7:15 PM

Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Free Admission | RSVP Required



Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Time: From 6:30 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : Oshman Family Jewish Center

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free