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AO San Fernando Valley Chapter Hosts Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Sigi Zierig Institute

Submission by Paul Selski, AO SFV Member

In observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, The San Fernando Valley Chapter was privileged to present Dr. Michael Berenbaum as our speaker at our April dinner meeting. Dr. Berenbaum presented on a subject titled "Not Your Father's Antisemitism: How 21st Century Antisemitism is Different". He is the director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University, where he is a Professor of Jewish Studies. He also was the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica.

Dr. Berenbaum's most prominent work in the museum world was directing the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum where he oversaw and was responsible for the exhibition and for the films as well as for the development of the Library, Archives and Educational Center. He is the author and editor of twenty books, scores of scholarly articles and hundreds of journalistic pieces.

In addition to Dr. Berenbaum, we had two special guests. Heather Angel-Collin, who is Holocaust Program Director from the Los Angeles Jewish Family Services, and integral to our AO/Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program, facilitating the referrals of survivors into our program.  And Sherry Bard, a consultant with the Echoes and Reflections Program, a vital program that is dedicated to reshaping the way that teachers and students understand, process and navigate the world through the events of the Holocaust. 

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