The Adrienne Arsht Center will present a free, two-day lecture and film series, the "Holocaust Studies Community Symposium," on Oct. 13 and 14 in the Knight Concert Hall. The symposium will feature world-class historians and Holocaust experts who will attempt to educate the community about the messages of the Holocaust. It is a part of Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, a three-month-long community awareness initiative geared to promoting the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate.
The program will start at 8 p.m. on Oct. 13, with professor and filmmaker Dr. Michael Berenbaum, who will lecture on the topic: "What we know about the Holocaust, what we have learned and what we still want to know." The program is presented in partnership with WLRN.
At 10 a.m. on Oct. 14, the symposium will feature Dr. William Meinecke, who will speak on, "The Twisted Road to Auschwitz From Nazi Ideology to Annihilation: A Visual Historical Overview of the Holocaust as told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum".
Dr. Cheyenne Martin will speak on "The Healing Profession During Auschwitz - From Mengele to Medical Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto".
At 2:15 p.m. Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, who has worked with the Arsht Center as a consultant for this program, will speak on "The Holocaust as Reflected in Literature, Diaries and Memoirs". She will be followed at 3:30 p.m. by Dr. Rafael Medoff, who will speak on "America’s Response to the Holocaust through the Eyes of Political Cartoonists."
The symposium will close with Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff speaking at 4:30 p.m. on "The Power of Film in Holocaust Reflection — The Pigeon".
This part of the program is presented in partnership with The Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
This is a free event and you may attend the symposium from beginning to end, or you may pick and choose individual events. If you go, you and each member of your family or party must have a First Access Pass.
The information for obtaining the pass is available online at arshtcenter.org or by calling the box office at 305-949-6722.
Mentoring for girls
The members of the Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host an informal meeting for the parents of middle school girls for participation in a city-wide leadership and mentoring program entitled, Emerging Young Leaders.
The meeting is from 3 to 5 p.m. today at New Way Fellowship Praise and Worship Center, 16800 NW 22nd Ave. in Miami Gardens, and is being held to raise awareness about the program.
The sorority has targeted girls who are presently in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, throughout the county, who seek to become leaders in their schools and communities.
Emerging Young Leaders is a signature program of the sorority, that was incorporated especially for middle schoolgirls. The goal of the program is to offer tools to help develop lifelong skills in the areas of advocacy, leadership, community service, financial literacy, technology, environmental sustainability, higher education and non-traditional careers for women.
Parents of middle school girls are encouraged to attend the session and hear first-hand what the mentoring program has to offer. For more information call 305-588-2610.
The screening of the award-winning Israeli film, "The Invisible Men," and a reception to meet the filmmaker Yariv Mozer, will be hosted by Temple Israel of Greater Miami at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the synagogue’s Wolfson Auditorium. The 6:30 p.m. reception will be followed at 7:30 by the screening and a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker.
The documentary film is in Hebrew, English and Arabic with English subtitles, and tells the story of three gay Palestinian men who flee their West Bank homes for Tel Aviv, the most LGBT-friendly city in the Middle East, where they still faced innumerable challenges surviving and living there illegally.
The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The event is cosponsored with the Consulate General of Israel in Florida and Puerto Rico, Ru’ach, Creative Arts Enterprises, and the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The temple is at 137 NE 19th St.
The Miami Children’s Chorus will present "All together Now," one of a series of free community sing-along concerts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Homestead Community Center, 1601 N. Krome Ave.
Call 305-662-7494 for more information.
The Miami Council for International Visitors, has launched its "Campaign for Global Engagement," which invites citizens to join and help make better international relations.
To become a volunteer, or for more information on the organization, call Annette at 305-421-6344.
A warm Friends and Neighbors salute to the Miami Rescue Mission, which recently received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundationfor its work in providing a safe space for women escaping domestic violence. The check was presented by Jessica Bier, the great-granddaughter of Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay cosmetics.
The Miami Rescue Mission was one of more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country receiving the grant, for a total of $3 million.
Also, at the special ceremony, state Rep. Cynthia Stafford, D-Miami, who was honored for her work with women dealing with domestic violence. The ceremony was at Florida International University’s Betty B. Chapman Plaza.