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"The center takes lessons of the past — the Holocaust — and uses it to teach and defend the safety of Jews worldwide. But it also addresses contemporary issues like bullying and texting and the Internet. The center teaches how to confront these issues so a Holocaust doesn't happen again."  -Alison Pure-Slovin, Midwest Region Director
 
  

 

• Upcoming Events



  The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers
Sunday, November 16 2014
7:00pm •  Logan Square Theatre
Come view part one of the two-part documentary before the premiere of The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers.
Purchase your tickets here: wiesenthal.com/ChicagoPartOne


• The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
7:00pm • Logan Square Theatre
The second of two parts, The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers is based on Ambassador Yehuda Avner’s best-selling book, The Prime Ministers. This film examines Ambassador Avner’s experiences with Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachim Begin, and Shimon Peres as well as his service as Israel’s Ambassador to England. The early efforts at negotiating agreements with Egypt, the raid of Entebbe, Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem, the Camp David Accords, the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear facility, the war in Lebanon, the Oslo Accords, and the ongoing struggle to make peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors and the Palestinians are some of the topics covered as this two part series builds to its dramatic and emotional conclusion.
Purchase your tickets here: wiesenthal.com/ChicagoPremiere2014


SWC Midwest Region Winter Getaway

February 1-4, 2015

Join the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Midwest Region for our Winter Getaway to Los Angeles, California. Learn about how the Simon Wiesenthal Center confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations, through an interactive, one–of-a-kind experience in vibrant, sunny Los Angeles,California.

Our visit will include a private tour of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, internationally renowned special guest speakers, a trip to a charming California winery, gourmet meals, transportation, and much more!

For more information:  kferrell@wiesenthal.com or 312-981-0105



Anti-Semitism on Campus
Thursday, April 16, 2015
On many college campuses, disagreement on international policy issues is increasingly providing the "cover" or "excuse" for ugly and raw expressions of anti-Semitism. This conference examines the causes and extent of this phenomenon and explains the legal mechanisms that can be used to remedy it. This event will be co-sponsored by DePaul University's Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies.

 Location and Regstration Information TBA



 From Hate to Hope
Spring 2015

From Hate to Hope is the real life story of the reconciliation of a perpetrator and victim of a hate crime. At the age of thirteen Mathew’s mother kicked him out of their California house for being gay. While living on the streets a group of Skinheads, one of whom was Tim, brutally attacked Mathew. Twenty-five years later Mathew and Tim had a chance encounter at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. They realized that they had met before, when Mathew was attacked. From Hate to Hope is the real life story of the reconciliation of a perpetrator and victim of a hate crime. This educational event will not only talk about the story of these two men and their journey, but also on the roots of prejudice, discrimination, and overcoming obstacles.

Join us at the Chicago Cultural Center as we show an Academy Award™ nominated documentary, Facing Fear, which is about their true story. Following the film, you will hear Tim and Mathew’s educational and insightful discussion followed by a question and answer session.

Watch the Trailer Here: http://www.facingfearmovie.com/trailer.html 



• Past Events

•Genocide - The Academy Award™-Winning Film Screening and Panel Discussion
November 12, 2014 at The Chicago School For Professional Psychology
In 1981 this film became the first Holocaust documentary to receive an Academy Award™ and it remains today a chilling, heartbreaking testament to the strength and suffering of the Jewish people and the courage and heroism of those who came to their aid. With beautiful narration by Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor, the film begins by providing a look at the flourishing Jewish community in pre-war Europe and then traces their grim trajectory through the ghettos, camps, and prisons of the Nazi regime, introducing the lost victims and brave heroes along the way.
 
 
 •The Untold Story: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries
November 5, 2014 at Sidley Austin LLP
For over 2,500 years, the Jewish People in Arab lands thrived. From 1948-1970 nearly a million Jews from these countries were forced from their homes, becoming the "Forgotten Refugees". Hear Shir Mnuchin, a descendant of a Jewish refugee, share the story of nearly a million Jews form Arab lands left out of political, academic, and social discourse for the past 60 years. 
This is Shir Mnuchin's second speaking tour in the States, dedicated to educating about the new legislation naming November 30th as the national day for commemorating the flight of Jewish refugees from Arab lands. Shir holds a MBA in Social Leadership and a BA in Israel Studies and Political Science. Shir has served as a JAFI Israeli Emissary to the States and is an Education Officer reservist in the IDF.
 
• October 7, 2014
Lawful Islamism: A Greater Threat than Terrorism
Putting on the mantle of a strategist for radical Islam, historian and author Daniel Pipes (founder and president of the Middle East Forum) argued that “soft jihad” or “creeping Shari‘a” has greater chances of success than criminality and violence. Mr. Pipes joined the group hosted by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, along with DePaul University’s Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies for this insightful and educational presentation.

June 23, 2014
Simon Wiesenthal Center Midwest Tribute Dinner
The Standard Club
320 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

Keynote Speaker:
Rabbi Marvin Hier

Simon Wiesenthal Center Tolerance Laureate:
Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State

Simon Wiesenthal Center Community Leadership Award:
National Basketball Retired Players Association

February 26, 2014
Wednesdays with Wiesenthal
Special Guest: Zoltan Kesz
Zoltan Kesz is one of the founders of the Free Market Foundation in Hungary, whose mission is to represent, defend, and advance free market values, ideas, and policies in Hungary and among speakers of the Hungarian language.

Mr. Kesz was the first graduate of the Atlas Leadership Academy in 2012 and became the Asia Entrepreneur of the Year in February 2013 with the common project of the Free Market Foundation and Political Capital to target racism in Hungary.

This year, the Free Market Foundation has launched three important projects, including an anti-racism campaign to combat the rising anti-Semitic tendencies in the country.

November 5, 2013
Film
Screening:
Moriah Film’s Midwest Premiere of The Prime Ministers

The Prime Ministers, the thirteenth production of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s two-time Academy Award®-winning Moriah Films, is an epic film that looks at six decades of Israel’s history—from its founding until the early 21st century. Based on the bestselling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, the documentary takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers, bringing to life never before revealed stories about Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres.

The film’s first half, The Pioneers was screened at:
The Maple Theater
4135 West Maple Road
Bloomfield Township, MI

Wine reception 5:30 p.m.
Film screening 7:00 p.m.

 

PREMIERE CHAIRS
Lisa & Hannan Lis
Shari (Ferber) & Alon Kaufman
Malka & Gary Torgow

 
• Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:00pm
Director Ethan Bensinger, the Simon Wisenthal Center and the Leo Baeck Institute 
Survivors Speak:
Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass

On November 9th & 10th, 1938, 7,500 Jewish stores in Germany and Austria were smashed and looted, 267 synagogues were burned to the ground, 100 Jews were killed, and countless others beaten. In the weeks that followed, 30,000 Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. Seventy-five years later, the consequences of hatred, bigotry and intolerance will be explored in a commemoration of Kristallnacht - “The Night of the Broken Glass”, the Nazi-led attacks 75 years ago that marked the beginning of the Holocaust.

This program will feature a screening of REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home, the award-winning documentary that explores the origins of the Holocaust and how survivors of Kristallnacht began a new life in Chicago, in addition to a panel discussion with Chicago-area survivors of Kristallnacht and local historian Dr. Leon Stein.

Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater
77 East Randolph Street Entrance
Chicago, IL, 60601 


 
• Tuesday, November 19
Film Screening: Moriah Film’s Midwest Premiere of The Prime Ministers

The Prime Ministers, the thirteenth production of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s two-time Academy Award®-winning Moriah Films, is an epic film that looks at six decades of Israel’s history—from its founding until the early 21st century. Based on the bestselling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, the documentary takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers, bringing to life never before revealed stories about Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres.

The film’s first half, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers will be screened at:

Wehrenberg Theaters Des Peres 14 Cine
12701 Manchester Road
Des Peres, MO, 63131

Wine reception 5:30 p.m.
Film screening 7:00 p.m.

PREMIERE CHAIRS
Faith and Corey Berger
Rochelle and Sheldon Enger
Debby and Larry Levens


 
OCTOBER 23, 2013
Film
Screening: Moriah Film’s Beautiful Music

SHORT FILM FOLLOWED BY PANEL DISCUSSION

Rev. Chris Harris
Pastor,
Bright Star Church
 
Dr. Shana Erenberg
Co-Founder & President
Board of Directors 
Libenu Foundation
Rev. Hannah Kardon
Pastor 
Elston Avenue
United Methodist Church

Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema
2828 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL

ADVISORY COUNCIL
Paula Kaplan Berger
Adele Gorenstein
Jules Laser
Rivka Zell
Philippe Lavie
Paula & Michael Perlstein
YOUNG LEADERS COMMITTEEE
Ross Auslander
Melanie Caron
Lisa Claybon
Jeffrey Drake
Jordan Finfer
Steven Kaplan
Brooke Kerendian
Amy Kirsch
Michael Lavin
Ryan Mollen
Brian Price
Marisa Rice
Lee Solomon
Sean Tenner
Ilya Yeverovich
• June 12, 2013

The Prime Ministers, the thirteenth production of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s two-time Academy Award®-winning Moriah Films, is an epic film that looks at six decades of Israel’s history—from its founding until the early 21st century. Based on the bestselling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, the documentary takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers, bringing to life never before revealed stories about Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres.

The film’s first half, The Pioneers was screened at Thorne Auditorium at Northwestern University School of Law. It covers the era of Prime Ministers Eshkol and Meir. Part Two will focus on Prime Ministers Rabin and Begin. Weaving a rich tapestry of history and personal testimonies, The Prime Ministers brings some of the most important events of the 20th and 21st centuries to life.

 May 9, 2013
Yehuda Avner at a private home for dinner in his honor. Ambassador Avner shared insight on his experiences and signed copies of his New York Times best-selling book The Prime Ministers.
Adi & Kim Mor and Ambassador Yehuda Avner Ambassador Avner, Paula & Michael Perlstein
Ambassador Avner, Suri & Joey Stern Rabbi Marvin Hier, Brian Price and Rabbi Meyer May
Ambassador Avner, Ora and Maury Aaron Ambassador Avner, Norma Rosenberg
 
Adam Chez, Allison Pure-Slovin, Brian Price and Marissa Rice
Ambassador Avner, Rivka Zell

Fighting Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial in the Global Arena
with Mark Weitzman, SWC Director, Government Affairs & Director of Task Force against Hate & Terrorism

Mark Weitzman is the Chief Representative of the Simon Wiesenthal Center to the United Nations in New York, and is member of the official US delegation to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research where he chairs the Standing Committee on Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial. He is a member of the advisory panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Currently, Mr. Weitzman is also a participant in the program on Religion and Foreign Policy of the Council on Foreign
 

 

 
• February 2013
‘Cocktails and Conversation”: More than 70 individuals aging from 22-40 gathered at the Standard Club in Chicago on February 27th to learn about the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Speakers included Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Midwest Director Alison Pure-Slovin, and Brian Price.

Guests learned how the Simon Wiesenthal Center is working to expand its global efforts to promote tolerance and fight back against escalating anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence.

 
Wednesdays With Wiesenthal: Associate Dean of Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Abraham Cooper, who meets with world leaders, presidents, and foreign ministers to defend the rights of the Jewish people, combat terrorism, and promote intergroup relations, spoke to a group of 30 people gathered at Holland and Knight for a luncheon.

Rabbi Cooper gave a lecture entitled “The Resurgence of European Anti-Semitism”and answered questions from the audience who were eager to discuss this compelling topic.

Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Midwest Region Women’s Winter to Los Angeles
Co-Chairs: Adele Gorenstein and Lisa Weiser

The visit included a private tour of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, a private film studio tour, internationally renowned special guest speakers, gourmet meals, deluxe hotel accommodations at the Intercontinental Los Angeles, transportation, and much more.


•Theatrical Screenings of:

Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny

Focusing on the years 1940 and 1941, when the Swastika flew over continental Europe. Only England with her back to the wall, under Winston Churchill, remained defiant. Walking With Destiny highlights Churchill's years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime. The film examines why Winston Churchill's legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st Century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current day political leaders and diplomats.


“This film was screened at Landmark Theatre’s Highland Park and Chicago locations.






 
Chicago

February 4, 2013

Landmark Theater's Century Centre Cinema
3838 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL,60657


Highland Park

February 5, 2013  
 
Mr. Marcus is the president and general counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (Cambridge University Press 2010) and is known for pioneering the use of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect Jewish college students
 
Introduction by Rabbi Aron Hier (1L), SWC Campus Outreach Director

Landmark Theater's Renaissance Place Cinema
1850 Second Street
Campus Anti-Semitism and Legal Efforts to Combat It 
Guest Lecturer: Kenneth L Marcus
December 2012
It Is No Dream: Illinois Premiere Screenings
L-R: Herb Franks, Eileen Franks, Betty Sobelman, Judy Franks-Farah, Illinois State Representative Jack Franks

L-R: Rabbi Meyer May, Jules Laser, Alison Pure-Slovin, Avi Shaked

 
  

• November 2012

L-R: SWC Midwest Director, Alison Pure-Slovin; Dror Zetouni, Boaz Buss this compelling topic. Later that evening, 30 guests gathered at a private home in Highland Park, IL for a dessert reception where Rabbi Cooper spoke about confronting anti-Semitism to a captive and concerned audience. After answering questions following the presentation, guests were able to mingle and connect with him about both his presentation and his work.


 

•Wednesdays With Wiesenthal

  “Wednesday’s With Wiesenthal,” kicked off with a resounding success. Founder and Dean Rabbi Marvin Hier spoke about both Simon Wiesenthal’s legacy and the campaign to delegitimize Israel, to an interested group. Rabbi Hier, who is a two-time Academy Award® winner and was twice voted 'The Most Influential Rabbi in America' by Newsweek Magazine, charmed guests with his wonderful stories and took questions after the event.

Later that evening, Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Midwest Regional Office hosted a reception to celebrate our recent opening in the late summer of 2012. More than 60 individuals gathered to support the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Midwest Region. Rabbi Hier provided guests with essential information about the progress of the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem with photographs of the construction.