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South Florida Premiere of Simon Wiesenthal Center’s “It Is No Dream: The Life Of Theodor Herzl”

Fanny Hanono Chairs Special Presentation from SWC’s Academy Award-Winning Moriah Films Division

More than 200 supporters of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), including leaders and luminaries from South Florida’s Jewish community, recently attended the South Florida Premiere of It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl; the latest production from the SWC’s Academy Award™ winning Moriah Films Division. Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley and starring Christoph Waltz as the voice of Theodor Herzl, the film explores the life and times of Theodor Herzl, father of the modern state of Israel; an assimilated, Budapest-born Jew who took upon himself the task of attempting to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine against all odds.

The premiere was held at the Intracoastal 8 Cinema in North Miami Beach, and was chaired by Fanny Hanono of Perry Ellis International. Ms. Hanono formally began the evening by welcoming the assembled guests and offering a brief description of the film. She then introduced Rabbi Meyer May, executive director of the SWC, who announced that this event was only the second time the film has been presented to an audience. He also discussed the extraordinary performances of Mr. Kingsley and Mr. Waltz, and the significance of having non-Jewish performers involved in Moriah Films.

Special guests at the premiere also included more than 40 high school students from the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center’s Hebraica Madrichim program.

“With It is No Dream, director Richard Trank has created another exceptional motion picture for the SWC, illustrating Mr. Herzl’s life with passion, vigor, and great historical detail,” said Mrs. Hanono. “We were honored to be among the first to see this important film, and I was personally delighted to have so many young people in the audience, giving them the opportunity to learn about the origins of the State of Israel.”

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Premiere Chair Fanny Hanono

George Feldenkreis, Fanny Hanono, Russell Galbut, SWC Executive Director Rabbi Meyer May, Ezra Katz and SWC Southern Region Director Tamar Kohn Marks

 Andy Kane, Dr. Enrique Ginzburg and Jim Tate

Dr. Jules Oaklander and Friends

Jamie Schaefer, Judy Adler and Friends 

       Guido & Cipora Fraiman,  Israel  & Tania Lapciuc


Janie Tate, Bernard & Bella Olczyk, Joanie & Jim Tate

Lola Jacobson and Comm. Sally Heyman 

Fanny Hanono, Ronalee & Russell Galbut and Rabbi May

Madrichim Group 
Shirley & Rabbi Sol Schiff  and Rabbi May 
Rabbi May, Germain Franco, Fanny Hanono, Rachel Sapoznik and Friend 
Rabbi May, Marilyn & Edward Kaplan 
Rabbi May, Fanny Hanono, Stephen Fiske, and Tamar Kohn-Marks 
 Jamie Schaefer and Rabbi May
Ronalee & Russell Galbut