AFCLI Zoom Events

Next Event: AFCLI Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Sunday, September 12, 2021 – 2:30 PM ET / 9:30 PM Israel Time

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In 2020 and 2021, we hosted over a dozen Zoom events (see this list). Some of our keynote presenters included…

Tal Brody

Tal Brody

Israel's Goodwill Ambassador

Ron Leshno-Yaar

Ron Leshno-Yaar

Ambassador of Israel to the European Union and NATO, Formerly Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva

Elan Carr

Elan Carr

US State Department's Special Envoy for Combatting Anti-Semitism

Andy Borans

Andy Borans

Executive Director, AEPi Foundation

Zion Evrony

Zion Evrony

Former Israeli Ambassador to the Vatican

Ido Aharoni

Ido Aharoni

Former & longest-serving NY Consul General

Shlomo Molla

Shlomo Molla

Former MK and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset

Ariella Rada

Ariella Rada

Consul for Economic and Community Affairs, Israeli Consulate, Chicago

Kasa Bainesay-Harbor

Kasa Bainesay-Harbor

Deputy Consul General, Israeli Consulate, Miami

Rabbi Seth Frisch

Rabbi Seth Frisch

Participated in 27 humanitarian missions for “Operation Moses”

Israel Nitzan

Israel Nitzan

Israel’s acting Consul General to New York

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik

Executive Vice President, NY Board of Rabbis

Sherwin Pomerantz

Sherwin Pomerantz

US state governments' coordinator in Israel's economic miracle

Benji Lovitt

Benji Lovitt

Israeli-American Comedian

Avi Liberman

Avi Liberman

Israeli-American Comedian

Officer Netta

Officer Netta

Former Operations Officer, IDF Elite Unit #669 for International Rescue

Avner Avraham

Avner Avraham

Former Mossad officer, curated exhibits on “Operation Finale” and “Operation Yonaton”

Shir Peled

Shir Peled

Former real-life “Fauda” Israeli undercover agent`

Rabbi Albert Gabbai

Ohad Zemet

Israel's Spokesperson for the UK and former diplomat in Cairo

Rabbi Albert Gabbai

Rabbi Albert Gabbai

Historic Congregation Mikveh Israel, one block from the Liberty Bell

Niv Nehemia

Niv Nehemia

Hero who fought off the Yavna Supersol stabber in 2017

Plus…

  • Magen David Adom
  • Hadassah
  • Ben Gurion University
  • Rambam Hospital

Our first Zoom program

Our first Zoom program was arranged in early Spring 2020 and was a collaborative project which highlighted the wonderful work of Israel at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

April 6, 2020: “Israel’s Response to the Coronavirus” with our partners, Magen David Adom, Hadassah, Ben Gurion University, Rambam Hospital, and the Consulate General of Israel in New York sharing Israeli “Best Practices” to US officials.

Link to Zoom Event Video

Our Other AFCLI Zoom Events

March 24, 2021: “Zecher L’Tziat Mitzrayim” – Remembrances from Egypt.

In preparation for the Passover story, Ohad Zemet, Israel’s Spokesperson for the UK and former diplomat in Cairo, and 3 Egyptian Jews, Rabbi Albert Gabbai, Albert Algazi, and Toni Algazi, shared remembrances of coming out of Egypt.

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February 25, 2021: “Ethiopian Rescue – Operation Moses”

Four “Heroes of Israel,” three Israeli Ethiopian leaders, and a Rabbi who was on 27 rescue missions told their personal stories of the rescue of Ethiopian Jews. Each speaker added a layer of understanding to the story that preceded them, ending with the account of the birth of an Ethiopian baby on the rescue flight.

Featured Speakers:
Shlomo Molla — Former MK and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset
Ariella Rada — Consul for Economic and Community Affairs, Israeli Consulate, Chicago
Kasa Bainesay-Harbor — Deputy Consul General, Israeli Consulate, Miami
Rabbi Seth Frisch — Philadelphia — participated in 27 humanitarian missions to Sudan and Ethiopia.

Link to Zoom Event Video

January 28, 2021: “UN International Remembrance of the Shoah … Why did it take 60 years?” 

Israeli Ambassador Ron Leshno-Yaar revealed the background of UN and world acceptance in finally recognizing the Holocaust. The annual observance first held in 2006, 15 years ago, came 60 years after the Shoah. Amb. Leshno-Yaar revealed in public for the first time, that Israel’s Disengagement from Gaza laid the groundwork for world acknowledgment of the Holocaust. What happened during the summer of 2005, with breaking news live on TV screens around the world, Israel showed what it was prepared to do for peace, relinquishing land so it would not rule over another people. Ambassador Leshno-Yaar also gave an account of the current world challenges of anti-Semitism, and his ongoing work representing Israel to Europe and the world community.

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December 16, 2020: “Global anti-Semitism, the US-Israel relationship, and the anti-Semitism challenge to young leadership.”

With Elan Carr, US State Department’s Special Envoy for Combatting Anti-Semitism, and Andy Borans, Executive Director, AEPi Foundation. Also acknowledging the 40th Anniversary of Livnot U’Lehibanot in Zfat, Israel with founders Aharon and Miriam Botzer.

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October, 28, 2020: “Israel, the Vatican, and Jewish-Christian Relations- an insider’s view.”

A comprehensive presentation on world issues and experiences of Ambassador (Ret.) Zion Evrony, Ph.D, Former Israeli Ambassador to the Vatican, Israel Institute Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of America, AFKMC National Board Leader.

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September 8, 2020: “Rosh Hashanah in a Covid-19 World.”

Guest speakers: NY Consul General Israel Nitzan and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik – Executive Vice President, NY Board of Rabbis, and AFKMC National Board leader, with a “Rabbinic Roundtable” of eight other rabbis around the US sharing insights on the Jewish response to Covad19 for the High Holidays.

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August 16, 2020: “Conversations on Comedy”

The Israeli-American Relationship & Jewish Identity … What Seth Rogen does not ‘get’ – arranged with Young Jewish Leadership Concepts (YJLC). A discussion with top Israeli-American Comedians Benji Lovitt and Avi Liberman, including a discussion of the Seth Rogen controversy. With a surprise guest appearance by Tal Brody, Israel’s Goodwill Ambassador.

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July 30, 2020: “Israel’s Spies”

With Mossad’s Col. Avner Avraham, operations officer who curated international exhibits on “Operation Finale” the capture and trial of Adolph Eichmann, and “Operation Yonaton” the Miracle Rescue at Entebbe. And with Shir Peled – a real-life “Fauda” undercover agent in an elite counter-terrorism unit. Four years risking her life to gather intelligence and capture terrorists “behind enemy lines.”

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June 29, 2020: “Israel’s Heroes”

With Ambassador Ido Aharoni, (former) NY Consul General, Sherwin Pomerantz, US state governments’ coordinator in Israel’s economic miracle. Plus Christian volunteers to Israel, Jerome Baxley and Adeline Smidt.

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May 14, 2020: “Israel’s Heroes” Yom Ha’Atzmaut

With Tal Brody, Israel’s Goodwill Ambassador, “Officer Netta” of the IDF Elite Unit #669, operations manager for Israeli International Rescue, and Niv Nehemia, hero who fought off the Yavna Supersol stabber in 2017.

Abbreviated 8 minutes with Tal Brody (remaining video not available)

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B’Vracha – with Blessings – Lou

Lou Balcher
National Director
American Foundation Creating Leadership for Israel (AFCLI)
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