Sunday, November 8, 2009

UJC GA kicked off Sunday with a new Film Festival in the Mix

I have been excitedly planning my schedule for the UJC (United Jewish Communities General Assembly from November 8-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. It’s hard – there are a lot of amazing sounding sessions happening that we are very interested in. Unfortunately President Obama just cancelled his keynote so he can attend the Fort Hood memorial service. We are fortunate that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will address the GA on behalf of the Obama Administration. In addition, a small group of top leaders from The Jewish Federations will meet with President Obama at the White House.

The Foundation for Jewish Culture Film Fest presented two simultaneous programs of new Jewish film. The film I saw was called Four Seasons Lodge, the moving account of a group of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer to relive their tragedy and celebrate their lives. It was such a great film, and the director, New York Times writer Andrew Jacobs really captured the essence of a very special slice of what a second generation survivor at the screening called "Catskills Americana." It opens Wed. in New York! It seems to be the only event at the GA for commemorating the anniversary of Kristallnacht on November 9. They really should have billed it as a much bigger event with a better time and venue. Earlier today I chatted with the new National President Jerry Silverman that the GA should really do something. My idea was that he could announce my film project tomorrow, to make some kind of statement about the date - if he likes, since Henry was an eye witness to Kristallnacht but I don't know if he'll take me up on it. He should at least mention Andrew's film though.

Other sessions and events I went to or going to

The Endowment and Foundation Roundtable
The Social Venture Fund Reception
A social media tweet up Monday night at Lebanese Taverna
Campaign and Women’s Philanthropy Chairs and Directors Breakfast
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s key note
Innovations in Philanthropy
Durban, Darfur, and the Goldstone Report: Defending Israel and Advocating for Human Rights

More later. Hope to see you there!

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