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JRelease is a press release service of AJPA. Our goal is to provide the timely distribution of press releases to all AJPA members. AJPA publications represent an ideal forum for companies and organizations to announce important developments and news. JRelease is the ideal resource for clients who wish to reach the Jewish press and through it the wider Jewish community.

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Recent JReleases

  • February 18, 2020 8:27 AM | Deleted user

    InterfaithFamily Changes Name to 18Doors
    The Only National Jewish Organization Focused on Interfaith Families
    Begins a New Era

    Launches Interactive Website, Enhances Jewish Clergy Referral Service; Expands Professional Development

    (NEWTON, Mass. – February 18, 2020) InterfaithFamily has changed its name to 18Doors, ushering in a new era for the organization and the couples and families it serves.

    “It is critically important for our name to reflect the diversity of the Jewish community, of families, of observance within the Jewish community and of ways in which couples and families with children connect to doing Jewish,” said CEO Jodi Bromberg. “18Doors does that.”


    The origin of this change began over one year ago, when the organization launched a rebranding project with Starfish, a New York marketing agency. The goal was to find a name that was current and creative, and representative of the tens of thousands of interfaith couples and families with children we support.

    After reviewing hundreds of names, the rebranding working group found 18Doors and the tagline Unlocking Jewish, and knew that it had found its new name.

    “We rolled out a bold new strategic plan in 2018, and this is the next phase in our evolution as an organization,” said Board Chair Bruce Taylor. “Now, we have a new name and tagline to match the energy of our organization.”

    The new name evokes:

          The diversity of interfaith couples and families that 18Doors serves

          The many journeys and entry points for interfaith families into Jewish life

          How we help open doors (“unlock Jewish”) for couples and families—and for Jewish organizations and communities in figuring out how to create inclusive spaces

          The Jewish homonym “L’dor v’dor,” and the importance of Jewish continuity and passing Jewish values from generation to generation

          That it is a Jewish organization, with the subtle reference to chai (“life”) by using the number 18

    “With our new name and brand, a new website, and an enhanced Jewish clergy referral service that fosters relationships between our users, clergy, and our organization, and new professional development offerings, we’ll expand our reach and impact,” said Bromberg. “Now, we will be able to connect more closely with families and couples that include Jewishly-identified family members, and family members of different cultural or religious backgrounds—with the freedom to use language that resonates for them.”

    About 18Doors:

    18Doors, formerly InterfaithFamily, is here to help you build confidence in your relationship with Jewish. We understand Jewish interfaith relationships—and deliver knowledge and connection in a non-judgmental way to help you open the door to Jewish. From digital content and in-person offerings that help couples and families, to a rabbinic fellowship and learning opportunities for Jewish professionals and clergy, we deliver helpful information with a warm welcome and inclusive vibe. Need to connect with a rabbi or cantor to officiate your wedding, baby naming or just to talk? Want to meet other interfaith couples and families like you? Or need help figuring out how to do Jewish? We’re here to help. Visit us at www.18doors.org

    For more information, or to request reprint permission for wedding content, please contact Lindsey Silken, 18Doors Editorial Director, at 617-581-6808 or lindsey@18doors.org.

    Disclaimer: JRelease is a press release service of AJPA. AJPA does not endorse and cannot vouch for material distributed by this service.

  • January 28, 2020 11:27 AM | Deleted user

    Heroic American Surgeon Dr. Tom Catena Earns Top Medical Missionary Award for Saving Lives in Africa’s Forgotten War Zone

    Catena to receive annual prestigious AMH Gerson L’Chaim Prize for ‘outstanding Christian medical missionary service’ from African Mission Healthcare and Jewish philanthropists

    DELAND, Fla. (1/28/2020) – An American surgeon hailed as “the world’s most important doctor”— to more than a million patients—is being honored with a top international medical award. Today, Florida-based African Mission Healthcare (AMH) announced that Dr. Tom Catena is the recipient of the nonprofit’s 2019 Gerson L’Chaim Prize for “Outstanding Christian Medical Missionary Service,” sponsored by Jewish philanthropists Rabbi Erica and Mark Gerson.

    “Perhaps the primary Jewish responsibility is to love the stranger, and to do so meaningfully — in action, where real people materially experience this love,” said Mark Gerson, co-founder of AMH and benefactor of the Gerson L’Chaim Prize. “We are so grateful to Tom for providing us with the opportunity to fulfill this Jewish obligation so effectively.” 

    Dr. Tom Catena

    Dr. Tom Catena, a 55-year-old Catholic medical missionary from upstate New York, has served in Africa for 20 years.  He is the only surgeon for 1.3 million people in a region nearly twice the size of Massachusetts. As a medical missionary, he put his life on the line living in the middle of the war-torn and besieged Nuba Mountainsa territory fiercely contested by its inhabitants and the former government of Sudan.

    In 2011, when the capital started bombing its own people in this southernmost state in Sudan, most expatriate workers fled, but Dr. Catena insisted on staying and said, “The source of most of our conflicts is the idea that one person’s life is more valuable than someone else’s. We have forgotten that we are all children of God and therefore somewhat related.”

    Since 2008, Catena, a graduate of Duke University Medical School and former U.S. Navy doctor, has been the Medical Director at Gidel Mother of Mercy Hospital. The 435-bed Catholic hospital is the only major medical facility in the Nuba Mountains. Catena is on call 24/7, and sometimes sees as many as 350 or more patients in a single day.                                                           

    The World’s Most Important Doctor

    Dr. Peter Attia, host of the popular podcast The Drive, has called Dr. Catena “the world’s most important doctor.” Additionally, Time Magazine named Dr. Catena “One of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,” and he was the subject of a 2015 Nicholas Kristof New York Times opinion piece titled, “He’s Jesus Christ.”

    “Dr. Tom Catena has given up everything that we in the U.S. take for granted in order to bring healthcare to more than a million people who, without him, would otherwise not have access to any medical care,” added Mark Gerson.

    AMH Gerson L’Chaim Prize

    AMH has been supporting mission hospitals in Africa since 2010. It launched the L’Chaim (Hebrew for “to life”) Prize in 2016, which comes with a $500,000 award, the world’s largest annual award of its kind dedicated to direct patient care in Africa. The $500,000 award will go towards the Nuba 2020 campaign to raise $7.5 million to keep the only major hospital in Sudan’s war-torn Nuba Mountains fully operational for the next two decades. Catena is leading the Nuba 2020 campaign.

    Mark Gerson commented on Dr. Catena’s endless commitment. “The sheer amount of good he does — as measured in clinic visits, surgeries, deliveries, community clinic patients treated, and children vaccinated — with the amount of resources he has is completely stunning. It is simply incredible to even think about how many lives Tom and the team he has built can save and transform with the money that he is provided.”

    “The people of the Nuba Mountains are the bravest and most resilient people I know,” said Catena. “I am honored to receive this award that will help enormously with our plans to strengthen and expand the Gidel Mother of Mercy Hospital and our network of clinics in this largely forgotten region of the world.”

    “It’s an incredible honor for AMH to recognize Dr. Catena’s unparalleled commitment,” said Rabbi Erica Gerson, an AMH board member and prize co-sponsor, who will present the award with her philanthropist husband Mark Gerson. “For more than a decade, Tom has endured bombings, epidemics, rainy seasons and flooding, loss of power, lack of equipment and staff, and very little connection with the outside world, all because of his dedication to the Nuba people. He exemplifies what it means to ‘walk in all God’s ways and to love Him,’ and we are honored to be his partner in his sacred work.”

    The prestigious Rabbi Erica and Mark Gerson L’Chaim prize will be presented to Catena April 14 at an awards dinner in New York City.                                                        

    About African Mission Healthcare

    African Mission Healthcare(AMH), a Florida-based nonprofit organization, strengthens African mission hospital to aid those in greatest need. AMH strategically partners with mission hospitals to support and advance their commitment to provide compassionate, quality medical care to the forgotten and hurting people of Africa, and to improve the health system in sub-Saharan Africa. AMH was co-founded in 2010 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Mark Gerson and medical missionary Dr. Jon Fielder, who were college roommates. 

    PHOTO CUTLINE: Dr. Tom Catena, an American surgeon and medical missionary, who has voluntarily stayed in war-torn Nuba Mountains to save thousands of lives in conflict-torn Sudan, has been honored with a top medical missionary award, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) announced today. Catena will be presented with the Gerson L'Chaim Prize for Outstanding Christian Medical Missionary Service at an awards ceremony in New York City, April 14.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
    Gregg Wooding @ 972-567-7660 
    gwooding@inchristcommunications.com

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  • December 17, 2019 2:22 PM | Deleted user

    Talmud Israeli Crowns Diaspora Winner in First
    Worldwide Competition

    Gal Naor, Chairman of Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, is delighted to announce that over 1,100 families from around the world participated in this international competition. He invites all new learners to join Talmud Israeli’s innovative educational program in honor of the upcoming Siyyum HaShas.

    Jerusalem, Israel (12/17/19) – Fifteen teams (parent-child, siblings) from across Israel and the United States eagerly arrived at the Jerusalem Theatre on Sunday, December 15, 2019 to vie for the championship in the first Worldwide Talmud Israeli Chidon (competition). These families prepared for more than seven months with the goal of reaching the final round in Jerusalem. Each team passed two prior qualifying rounds. Talmud Israeli is incredibly proud that the Diaspora Delegation matched the achievement level of the Israeli participants.

    Three teams who travelled to Israel from the United States: Dr. Yardaena Osband and her son, Yonah Glazer of Riverdale, NY (Yonah is an 8th-grader at SAR Academy), Dovid Kanarfogel and his son, Ezra of Cedarhurst, NY (Ezra is a 4th-grader at HAFTR), and Dr. Jordan Rosenstock and his son, Eytan of White Plains, NY (Eytan is a 7th-grader at Westchester Day School). The Diaspora Delegation arrived in Israel last week for days of intense preparations in advance of the Chidon. In attendance at the Chidon were the Israeli Minister of Education, the Chief Rabbi of the IDF, and the Mayor of Jerusalem. The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, posed the final question of the Chidon.

    Dr. Jordan and Eytan Rosenstock were crowned the Diaspora Winners and were awarded the prize of a "family fun day excursion”,  to encourage meaningful experiences that strengthen relationships within the family unit, which is one of Talmud Israeli’s goals.

    Talmud Israeli Founder and Editor-in-chief, Meir Jakobsohn, commented, “It was so moving to see children displaying such extensive knowledge of Gemara and Israeli history.”

    Yael Schulman, Director of Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, added. “It has been an honor to accompany the Diaspora Delegation not only to Israel, but through the preliminary rounds of the Chidon and witness the dedication of so many people around the world to Gemara learning along with their deep love of Israel”.

    Gal Naor, Chairman of Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, observed, “It was truly remarkable to see that Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, a project established in the United States only three years ago, has grown to include thousands of weekly learners with more than 10,000 copies of the weekly publication distributed across the USA. My goal is to double the number of learners around the world within the next year."

    For almost a century, Jews around the world have participated in the joy of Daf Yomilearning. The 14th machzor (cycle) of Daf Yomi starts in just two weeks on 1/5/20. Everyone is invited to join Talmud Israeli’s circle of international learners and partake in the mitzvah of “le’hagdil Torah u’le’ha’adira” (to magnify Torah and to exalt it) by encouraging others to join Talmud Israeli for the new cycle. Synagogues and schools will receive the weekly publication completely free of charge. Talmud Israeli looks forward to partnering with schools, synagogues, organizations, and individuals in this historic effort.

    About Talmud Israeli: Talmud Israeli is an innovative educational program combining the study of Talmud with Torah, modern Jewish history, and Israel, with the goal of strengthening Jewish identity, connections to Israel, and ahavat ha’aretzfor learners around the world. Talmud Israeli makes complicated Talmudic material accessible, understandable and enjoyable for students of all ages by explaining one concept from each daf of the Gemara. Over the past three years, Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, the English branch of Talmud Israeli, has developed and customized material for English-speaking learners around the world, delivering an assortment of educational products free-of-charge to more than 200 day schools and synagogues in North America alone.

    Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/talmudisraeli
    Like us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/talmudisraeli
    Visit our website: 
    www.talmudisraeli.org
    Yael Schulman, Director, Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us
    914.413.3128
    yael@talmudisraeli.co.il



  • December 13, 2019 2:13 PM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    Leading Jewish publisher celebrates historic completion of innovative edition of Talmud
    Koren Publishers & The Steinsaltz Center release 42 volumes of Talmud Bavli

    Koren Publishers, proudly headquartered in the heart of Jerusalem, announces the completion of The Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli. The 42-volume set, known for its innovative design and incomparable translation and commentary by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, takes its place as the newest edition of Talmud in the world.

    Publication of the Koren Talmud Bavli began in May 2011 with volumes released according to the international “Daf Yomi” (daily Talmud learning) schedule. The translation and editorial teams were overseen by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb who served as Editor-in-Chief. Rabbi Weinreb is a world-renowned Torah scholar, clinical psychologist, and Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union.

    To mark this historic publication, Finchley Synagogue Kinloss in London, hosted a tribute event in honor of Leo & Sue Noé, which attracted over 350 participants. The key speakers, Rabbi Lord Sacks, Dayan Binstock, and Rebbetzin Lauren Levin, all discussed the impact of Talmud in Jewish life and studied text passages together with the audience. Other notable personalities included Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, the head of the European Beth Din, Michael Goldstein, President of the United Synagogue, Leo & Sue Noé and their family.

    “Sue and I feel an enormous sense of honour and pride to have completed the latest publication of the Shas, the Koren Talmud Bavli, bringing its lessons, teachings, debates and wonders accessible to all,” said Leo Noé.

    The enormous scope of the project incorporated a wide range of experts including linguists, Bible botanists, archeologists, historians, Talmud scholars, designers, and typesetters, and used state-of-the-art technology to ensure consistency in its translation and content. Photos of recent archeological excavations throughout Israel and the Near East support examples discussed by the Sages and help bring the text to life for modern readers. Unique amongst all extant editions of the Talmud to date, The Noé Edition features side-by-side translation, color illustrations and maps - many of which were custom designed for this edition - comprehensive explanatory notes by Rabbi Steinsaltz, introductions and summaries to every volume and chapter, newly digitized fonts, and vocalized text for the original Aramaic and the commentaries of Rashi and Tosefot. Together, the Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli opens the doors of the Talmudic pages to people of all ages and backgrounds, unlike any other edition in the world.

    Koren Publisher Matthew Miller gave tribute to the Noé’s and the professional teams involved in the project by saying, “The landmark completion of The Noé Edition of the Koren Talmud Bavli is a testament to the tremendous work of both the teams at Koren and The Steinsaltz Center. Thanks to their support and dedication, this Talmud is going to impact many, many people for generations to come. We are so grateful to have reached this milestone for the Jewish people and the world-at-large.”

    ***

    Koren Publishers Jerusalem (www.korenpub.com) is one of the world’s leading publishers of Jewish texts, renowned for their textual precision and pioneering design. It first gained international recognition with the release of the first Koren Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) in 1962, and has since expanded to publish prayer books in multiple languages and works on contemporary Jewish thought under its Maggid Books imprint. It is best known for its partnerships with The Steinsaltz Center, under the leadership of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, and with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the Koren Sacks Siddur and Mahzor series.

    Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz (www.steinsaltz-center.org) is today’s leading Talmud scholar. The 82-year-old has been on a life-long mission to make the Talmud accessible to all. Rabbi Steinsaltz’s landmark editions of the Talmud in Hebrew, French, and Russian have sold more than a million copies. To date, he has translated and written commentary on every single work in the Jewish canon including the Tanakh, Mishna, Talmud, Rambam, and more.

    Caption for photo: From Left to Right: Matthew Miller, publisher Koren Publishers, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Leo & Sue Noé  and Rabbi Meni Even-Israel (Steinsaltz), Director of the Steinsaltz Center.


    For more information, contact Yehudit Singer at yehudits@korenpub.com

    KOREN PUBLISHERS JERUSALEM - USA | PO Box 8531 New Milford, CT 06776
    203.830.8508 | www.korenpub.com

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  • December 02, 2019 9:35 AM | Deleted user

    Tidewater completes newspaper digitization project with
    community support

    Remembrance begins with preservation

    (Seattle, WA, December 2, 2019) – SmallTownPapers, Inc. has completed scanning of the archives of the Jewish News in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

    The scanning initiative for Virginia’s Jewish News was driven by local author and historian Harold (Hal) Sacks (z”l) who wanted to ensure that the invaluable historical information in the newspaper, particularly lifecycle events, would be online accessible and searchable today and for future generations. The Jewish News archive (accessible at jnt.stparchive.com) now bears his name.

    When Hal Sacks passed away two years ago, the editor of the Jewish News Terri Denison wrote, "His vision that Jewish News should have digital archives accessible via the Internet from anywhere across the globe, came to fruition only due to his insistence and personal funding. Now, through The Hal Sacks Jewish News Archives, it is possible to access the newspapers of the Tidewater Jewish community dating back to 1945."

    The importance of digitizing this country's Jewish newspaper archives cannot be understated.

    “The importance of remembering the past is such a crucial one as the Torah itself contains some 200 forms of the word  ‘remember’,” explains Atlanta Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla. “Every Friday evening in the famous poem Lekha Dodi, which ushers in the Shabbat, we chant Shamor Ve Zakhor, which means Guard and Remember. We are challenged and commanded to guard the past and remember it. I can think of no other fulfillment of this command than to digitize our Jewish newspapers and guard them from ever being forgotten.”

    It's critical to preserve the rich community history contained in Jewish newspapers, magazines and even newsletters. The content is invaluable for family information and for organizations wanting to access articles and photographs for anniversary celebrations and other events.

    “Remembrance is such an important issue in Judaism and we’re proud of our history working with Jewish newspapers and federations across the country to ensure their local Jewish history is digitally preserved and placed online where the community can easily access it,” said Paul Jeffko, the founder and president of SmallTownPapers.

    Today, making your community history online accessible and searchable is easier than ever before. ArchiveInABox® from SmallTownPapers will digitize your bound volume, loose or microfilmed archives, and provide free hosting including for your newspaper e-editions – keeping all your archives in one location. The benefits are wide ranging for the newspaper and your area's Jewish community. Contact us today to get started. Learn more at www.archiveinabox.com.

    As Rabbi Kassorla added, “Future generations will be able to access information about their loved ones, their communities and their legacies, and they will thank us for guarding and remembering.”

    If you would like more information about SmallTownPapers, Inc. and ArchiveInABox, please contact Karen Tarica at 206.369.0855 or email karen@smalltownpapers.com

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  • November 12, 2019 9:45 AM | Deleted user

    (NEW YORK, NY, November 12) Adventures in Jewish Studies, the podcast series of the Association for Jewish Studies, has successfully concluded its first season. The five-episode season focused on Jewish culture, history, and literature, with episodes on food traditions, the Jewish Bible, civil rights, Philip Roth, and whiteness, drawing thousands of listeners from 30 countries worldwide.

    Each episode of Adventures in Jewish Studies is designed to inform, engage, and entertain. NPR-veteran host and producer Jeremy Shere and featured guest scholars, historians, clergy members, and Jewish community leaders share their expertise, scholarship, memories, music, and history in narrating the diverse stories of Jewish life and culture.

    Considering the current upturn in antiSemitism, the most recent episode, “Are Jews White?” tackled the challenging and complex issues of Jewish identity and whiteness.  Scholars and Jewish community leaders discussed how Jews have been on the margins of whiteness, but have also occupied places of privilege within whiteness.

    The season’s most popular episode asked the big question – “Where Do Jews Come From?” Historians, professors, and clergy talked history, archaeology, linguistics, and genetics as they considered the mystery of Judaism’s roots.

    The season launched on a lighter note, featuring the American New York Jewish food tradition of “appetizing,” while leading listeners on a wide-ranging journey about Jewish immigration and acculturation. Other episodes featured the 50th anniversary of Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and the Mizrahi struggle for civil rights in Israel.

    Listenership continues to grow with every episode, and the podcast is gaining mentions in mainstream media. Season Two, which will have seven episodes, will launch in November with an episode on false messiahs, followed by an episode about Jewish women comedians of the 1950s to coincide with the Season 3 premiere of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.

    Adventures in Jewish Studiesis available on iTunes, Spotify, and all podcasting platforms; it is also available online at associationforjewishstudies.org/podcast.

    The Association for Jewish Studies is the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide, with more than 2,000 members in 33 countries. The mission of the AJS is to advance research and teaching in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, and to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public.

    If you would like more information about Adventures in Jewish Studies, please contact Amy Ronek at 212.294.8301, x6202 or aronek@associationforjewishstudies.org.

    Contact: Amy Ronek
    Phone: 212.294.8301, x6202
    Email: aronek@associationforjewishstudies.org

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  • October 16, 2019 10:55 AM | Deleted user

    (Yogyakarta) In celebration of World Peace Day, the documentary,  “Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek... Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” was screened for the first time in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This film received critical acclaim for its powerful message of personal responsibility to fight injustice in order to insure peace and civility.

    “Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek…Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” is a story of a young Jewish man, who courageously put his own life at risk and returned to Nazi-occupied Europe to fight the perpetrators of evil.  He served as a covert British MI-9 agent and engaged in saving the lives of allied airmen and others regardless of race, religion, or creed. Maurits Kiek’s story provides a timeless lesson.

    Cheryl Halpern, the American producer and director of this featured documentary explained, "When I produced and directed this documentary, my main goal was to have it screened around the world for as many diverse audiences as possible.  Today we are seeing, once again, the rise of extremism, neo-Nazism, prejudice, violence and racism. This is a social epidemic of global proportions. The story of Maurits Kiek needs to be shared in order for lessons to be learned.  It is important for youth to have role models like the 23 year old Maurits Kiek.”

    Queen of Pakualaman Al-Hajj IX, who attended the event, remarked, “I just finished watching a powerful, inspiring movie about the struggle of a man to defend what was right and who was willing to sacrifice himself to save others. It is quite an extraordinary story. I think we all need to stand hand in hand, ensuring that the incomprehensible inhumanity of the Nazi regime that ravaged Europe will never happen again. We cannot guarantee the non-reoccurrence; however, we can always promote peace within our society. That is one of the many ways we can attempt to prevent history from repeating itself”.

    In addition, the Vice Mayor of Wonosobo, Ir. Agus Subagiyo M.Si, commented, “The regent of Wonosobo highly appreciates this movie. It tells the story of a man who was courageous in his resistance to a brutal military oppressor in the fight to restore peace and justice to Europe during World War 2. It is an example of true heroism that Indonesia can adapt to teach our own.  Every individual needs to take a stand in the continuing challenge to promote peace and human dignity.  We cannot be silent and unresponsive to the threats that are emerging.”

    Tondi Hasibuan, the 12th King of Huristak in Padang Lawas, West Sumatera, further added that “This kind of movie is really empowering and educational. I strongly believe that more movies like this need to be made in the future. That way, people can constantly learn the important lessons from history”.

    The Committee for International Festivals worked together with the Nusantara Culture Society (MATRA), AMIKOM University in Yogyakarta, the Visions of a Peaceful Tomorrow Initiative (VOPI) and multiple pesantren (boarding schools) to celebrate World Peace Day, throughout the month of September; in Yogyakarta, Sleman, Sukabumi, Sragen, Karanganyar and Jakarta. The screening of “Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek... Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” was the hallmark for the World Peace Day 2019 events.  

    “The future belongs to the young generation as they assume their familial and societal roles. If they don’t learn how to be courageous when facing prejudice, intolerance, racism and violence, I fear for my grandchildren and for global society in general. I value the opportunity that was given to me to have interactive discussions with the young Indonesian students about Maurits Kiek and his determination to fight against merciless brutality.  If we can all learn from the story, we may stand a better chance at maintaining and sustaining a more just and peaceful society for ourselves and our families,” concluded Mrs. Halpern.

    Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmAX8iAYz9E

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  • September 03, 2019 4:39 PM | Deleted user

    Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC, which publishes Baltimore’s Child, Baltimore Jewish Times, Baltimore Style Magazine, Consumer’s Eye Magazine, Home Services Magazine, Frederick’s Child, Washington Family, and Washington Jewish Week has been chosen to provide design/production and some select administrative services for Editor & Publisher Magazine (E&P) magazine through Mid-Atlantic Media’s Custom Media division.

    E&P is a 135-year-old publication which covers all aspects of the news publishing industry. The magazine was sold on Aug. 30 to nationally renowned media consultant Mike Blinder and a newly formed company, The Curated Experiences Group.

    “I have great respect for Mid Atlantic Media’s commitment to producing quality publications for their own brands and the many media companies they serve. I am confident that I am putting the production of Editor and Publisher Magazine in the right hands,” Blinder, now publisher, said.

    Mid-Atlantic Media’s Custom Media division provides design/production services both in print and digital format for a wide range of newspaper and magazine publishers as well as education, nonprofit, and consumer entities.  Equipped with strong design, editorial, production and project management resources, it handles any or all aspects of publication, collateral and digital demands.

    “Editor & Publisher has always been a primary resource for me in my media career, so we’re honored to be working with the publication. We look forward to working with Mike and his team,” said Craig Burke, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Media.

    Contact: Craig Burke, CEO, cburke@midatlanticmedia.comJeni Mann, Director of Custom Publishing, jmann@midatlanticmedia.com

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  • August 21, 2019 9:03 AM | Deleted user

    August 21, 2019 - Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC, which publishes Baltimore’s Child, Baltimore Jewish Times, Baltimore Style Magazine, Consumer’s Eye Magazine, Home Services Magazine, Washington Family, and Washington Jewish Week, has expanded its media holdings with the acquisition of the Frederick, Md.-based Frederick’s Child.

    A regional parenting publication, Frederick’s Child was sold by Strongdini Enterprises. Roger and Donna Strong of Mt. Airy, Maryland were publishers of Frederick’s Child for 28 years and Craig Burke is CEO of Mid-Atlantic Media.

    “We are pleased to align Frederick’s Child with a group that understands parenting publications and are confident it will be a great addition to their family of products and an asset to the Frederick County community.” Strong said.

    As part of the acquisition, Mid-Atlantic Media has no immediate plans to make any significant changes other than improving its digital presence. Terms of the deal were not released.

    Mid-Atlantic Media, in addition to its publications, also operates a substantial custom media portfolio and has offices in Owings Mills and Rockville, Md., Philadelphia, Pa. and Phoenix, Ariz.

    While emphasizing a “business as usual” approach for the near term, Burke stressed that the acquisition fits right in with Mid-Atlantic Media’s strategic plans.

    “Mid-Atlantic Media continues to be interested in growing its parenting publication business. These parenting publications have an important voice in helping families with quality advice for raising children and connecting with their local communities,” he said. “Our advertisers, which are also significant resources for our readers, have enjoyed much success growing their business through smart advertising programs in these parenting publications. We are proud to add Frederick’s Child to our family. There are obvious synergies that exist with our established Baltimore and Washington parenting publications.

    “We look forward to providing valuable content to Frederick area families,” Burke added.

    Contact: Craig Burke, CEO, cburke@midatlanticmedia.com

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  • August 16, 2019 9:05 AM | Deleted user

    Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story Screened in Indonesian Cinema

    August 16, 2019 - "Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek…Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story" received its Indonesian censor approval and made its Asian screening premiere at the Planet Hollywood XXI, Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 9th, 2019. Cheryl Halpern, the American producer and director of this feature length documentary, said, "I appreciate the opportunity to share my documentary film, subtitled in the Bahasa language, with Indonesian and other Asian Pacific audiences. This film presents a lesson from the past that must be remembered today in our world where violence, prejudice and injustice is emerging with renewed vigor. Maurits Kiek is a hero for all of us to remember as we, too, are challenged to respond to inhumanity and cruelty."

    “Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek…Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” presents a young Jewish man’s courage to return to Nazi-occupied Europe where a reward for his capture ‘dead or alive’ had already been posted.  He served as a covert British MI-9 agent and engaged in saving the lives of allied airmen and others regardless of race, religion or creed.  Maurits Kiek’s unwavering determination to stand up, in the face of overwhelming odds, and fight the perpetrators of evil was most recently acknowledged in 2015 in Den Haag, the seat of government for The Netherlands.
     
    When asked to explain why she chose to produce this documentary, Mrs. Halpern explained, “I was motivated to produce this documentary given the rise of neo-Nazism, extremism and intolerance around the world and the  exposure of the younger generations, the vanguard of the future, to this bigotry and fanaticism on multiple global multimedia and social networking platforms.  Every generation needs to be taught, with and by example, that when individuals are persecuted because of gender, race, religion or physical limitations, that they have an obligation to protest and stand against the oppressors before they too lose their human dignity.”
     
    After the screening of her documentary, Mrs. Halpern received the International Woman of Change Award from the World Humanitarian Awards Organization (WHAO). “ Cheryl Halpern deserves this award because she is a woman who has and continues to promote change around the world, not only with her documentaries that applaud the spirit of achievement and provide positive visual images and messages for all audiences, but also with her support for initiatives that encourage young people to appreciate their potential and understand their responsibilities as members of peaceful and tolerant societies wherever they live," stated Damien Dematra, Chairman of the WHAO.
     
    In Indonesia, Mrs. Halpern is a founder of the Visions of Peace Initiative (VOPI), a not for profit organization, that is dedicated to stimulating youth to first consider and then express their ideas with regard to civility and peaceful coexistence using the broad spectrum of art modalities, including drawing, poetry, song, dance and film. This initiative engages with youth participants under the age of 18 and has already visited schools and orphanages in 22 different cities and has gone viral. When asked to clarify her commitment to the VOPI, Mrs. Halpern explained,  “This is a priority for me especially since we are living in a time when so many of the stories that are aired and shared on the multimedia and social networking platforms focus on violence, hatred corruption and abuse.  By providing an opportunity for their artistic expressions for a more peaceful tomorrow to be seen, heard and shared I hope that our youthful participants will develop a more tolerant state of mind for themselves and will integrate the goals of the VOPI into their daily lives as they mature.” 
     
    In addressing the screening of her documentary together with her receiving the WHAO award, Mrs. Halpern remarked, “the words of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Elie Wiesel that are noted at the end of my documentary “Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” are equally appropriate for the VOPI, ‘Mankind must remember that Peace is not God’s gift to his creatures.  It is our gift to each other.’ I hope that with proper education and exposure to role models like Maurits Kiek that the youth will find the personal strength to work towards the goal of peaceful coexistence that has eluded previous generations.”

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