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December 11 and December 12
- 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Washington, D.C.
- 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Buenos Aires
- 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. London
- 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Brussels
- 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Jerusalem
- 3 a.m. – 6 a.m. Melbourne (Monday, December 12)
- 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Washington, D.C.
- 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Buenos Aires
- 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. London
- 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Brussels
- 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Jerusalem
- 3 a.m. – 5 a.m. Melbourne (Tuesday, December 13)
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Monday, December 12, 2022
Guest Bios: B’nai B’rith International 2022 Leadership Forum
William F. Benson
President, Health Benefits ABCs
President, International Association for Indigenous Aging
Bill Benson is President of Health Benefits ABCs, offering aging and public health-related policy, strategic planning, program development, facilitation, research and evaluation services. Benson has held senior leadership positions in the U.S. Congress and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He spent 10 years with the California Department of Aging, including as California’s State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Current clients include: National Adult Protective Services Association; American Association of Service Coordinators; National Association of State Legal Hotlines; National Association of Chronic Disease Directors; New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department; Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, among others. Benson is co-founder and President of the International Association for Indigenous Aging, focusing primarily on policies and initiatives to improve the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native elders. Benson serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the Kendal Corporation, a Quaker-inspired organization of CCRCs. Until recently he co-chaired the Public Policy Committee of the American Society on Aging. He is a former appointed member of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services. Since 2000 Benson has hosted “First Person,” a series of conversations with Holocaust survivors, before live audiences at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum until 2020, and now produced virtually.
Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt
U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism
Deborah E. Lipstadt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 30, 2022 as the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, with the rank of Ambassador. As Special Envoy, she leads efforts to advance U.S. foreign policy to counter antisemitism throughout the world.
Special Envoy Lipstadt has a storied career as a historian, academic, and author. At Emory University’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, which she helped to found, she served as the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies. She has also taught at the University of Washington, UCLA and Occidental College. Special Envoy Lipstadt also served as the director of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute and was a research fellow at the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Her numerous, award-winning books include: The Eichmann Trial; Denial: Holocaust History on Trial; Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory; and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933-1945. She received the National Jewish Book Award three times, most recently in 2019 for Antisemitism: Here and Now. Her biographical study of Golda Meir will be published by Yale University Press in 2023.
Special Envoy Lipstadt is probably best known for having been sued for libel by David Irving, one of the world’s leading Holocaust deniers. The case, which lasted for six years and was heard in court in a twelve-week trial, resulted in Irving being declared by the court to be “a right wing polemicist,” who engages in antisemitism, racism, and misogyny. That trial was depicted in the 2016 film Denial, which was based on her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.
Special Envoy Lipstadt was a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, helping design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. She has held a Presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (from Presidents Clinton and Obama) and was asked by President George W. Bush to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Special Envoy Lipstadt holds a BA from the City College of New York and an MA and PhD from Brandeis University.
Courtesy of www.state.gov
Ambassador Andrei Muraru
Ambassador from Romania to the United States
Andrei Muraru is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Romania where he also received an M.A. and a B.A. in history. For his Tziporah Wiesel Fellowship, he conducted research for his project, “Transnistria War Criminal Trials.”
Mr. Muraru is a researcher within the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, coordinates research programs within the Romanian Institute for Recent History and is a former personal counselor of the General Director of the National Archives of Romania. He is the coordinator of the publication project, The Dictionary of the Romanian Communist Prisons, 1945-1967 (2008); co-editor of, Guide of National Archives of Romania (2010); and co-author of, A History of Communism in Romania: High School Handbook (2009), the Romanian version of, The Dictionary of Communism (2008), and the forthcoming book, The Survivors: The Decrees of the Release of Political Convicts (1962-1964). He is also author of numerous articles, including the forthcoming, “The First Trial of the Romanian War Criminals: Unedited Aspects from the Trial’s File” in Revista Arhivelor (Archives Review), “The Profile of a Torturer: Biography of Gheorghe Crăciun” in Forms of Repression in the Communist Regimes (2008), and, “The History of the Iaşi Penitentiary from 1945 until the end of the Gheorghiu-Dej Era: Some Notes” in Yearbook of the Al. I. Cuza University of Iaşi, History (2006-2007). Mr. Muraru is the recipient of various scholarships and awards, including the Erasmus-Socrates Fellowship, the New Europe College Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study at the New Europe College, and the POSDRU Scholarship from the European Union Program, and he has participated in numerous conferences throughout Europe. A native speaker of Romanian, Mr. Muraru has additional language skills in English and French.
Courtesy of www.ushmm.org
Former New York Yankees Pitching Superstar
Mariano Rivera is a former Panamanian American professional baseball pitcher considered one of the most dominant relievers in the history of major league. He was an amateur player when signed by New York Yankees in 1990. His debut in Major League Baseball (MLB) happened with the Yankees as a starting pitcher in 1995. He then became a relief pitcher for good late in his rookie year and served as closer for 17 of the 19 seasons he played for the Yankees in MLB. He went on to set several records including MLB regular record of 652 career saves and postseason records of lowest earned run average (ERA) (0.70) and most saves (42) among others. His accomplishments in baseball career include becoming thirteen-time All-Star, five-time World Series champion, three-time Delivery Man of the Year, three-time MLB saves leader, one-time World Series MVP and one-time AL Comeback Player of the Year. He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019 with a record 100% (first ballot) vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). He devotes time in charitable causes and the Christian community through his non-profit charity organization, Mariano Rivera Foundation.
Courtesy of www.thefamouspeople.com
Dr. Robert Satloff
Executive Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Robert Satloff has served since 1993 as executive director of The Washington Institute. In that capacity, he oversees all Institute operations and leads the organization’s unparalleled team of Middle East scholars, experts and policy practitioners. He also holds the Institute’s Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy.
An expert on Arab and Islamic politics as well as U.S. Middle East policy, Dr. Satloff has written and spoken widely on the Arab-Israeli peace process, the challenge of Political Islam, and the need to revamp U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East.
Soon after the September 11 attacks, Dr. Satloff and his family moved to Rabat, capital of Morocco, and for more than two years, he traveled throughout the Middle East and Europe and wrote extensively on ways to inject urgency and ideas into the ideological campaign against radical Islamism. That is the topic of his collection of essays, The Battle of Ideas in the War on Terror: Essays on U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Middle East (The Washington Institute, 2004).
During his time abroad, Dr. Satloff’s personal research focused on unearthing stories of Arab “heroes” and “villains” of the Holocaust, drawing on archives, interviews, and site visits in eleven countries on four continents. His discoveries, which helped convince the German government to award compensation to Jewish survivors of labor camps in North Africa, are the subject of his bestselling book, Among the Righteous: Lost Stories of the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands (PublicAffairs, 2006). In 2010, PBS aired a one-hour documentary, hosted by Dr. Satloff and produced with MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, based on Among the Righteous. Listen to a podcast of Dr. Satloff discussing Among the Righteous as part of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Voices on Antisemitism series.
The author or editor of nine books and monographs, Dr. Satloff’s views on Middle East issues appear frequently in major newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A frequent commentator on major television network news programs, talk shows, and National Public Radio, he has testified on numerous occasions to Senate and House committees concerned with U.S. Middle East policy.
In addition, Dr. Satloff is the creator and host of Dakhil Washington (“Inside Washington”), a news and interview program that has appeared weekly since 2005 on al-Hurra, the U.S. government-supported Arabic satellite television channel that beams throughout the Middle East. In that capacity, he is the only non-Arab to host a program on an Arab satellite channel.
Courtesy of www.washingtoninstitute.org
Gly Wadge Switzer
Executive Director, NAMI New Orleans
Gyl Wadge Switzer is the Executive Director for NAMI New Orleans. A New Orleans native, she started this position with extensive nonprofit and government leadership experience in the areas of mental health advocacy, gun violence prevention and civil rights. Gyl has master’s Degrees in Public Health (MPH) from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs. Gyl intends to lead NAMI New Orleans to ensure that people living with mental illness and their families in the four-parish region, receive quality, accessible and impactful mental healthcare.
Courtesy of www.namineworleans.org
LCSW, CMC, NAMI New Orleans Board Member
Betty Tedesco is a native New Orleanian, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Certified Care Manager. She was Co-Founder and Director for 25 years of Home Care Solutions, providing geriatric care management, guardianship, and sitter/companion services. She received her bachelor’s degree from LSU and her Master’s in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. Her career focused on medical social work in hospital and rehabilitation settings. She taught graduate coursework in gerontology as an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work. Betty volunteers her time with several service agencies, including the Louisiana Guardianship Services Board, St. Jude Community Center, and the Lake Vista Women’s Club.
Courtesy of www.namineworleans.org
The State of Global Anti-Semitism Today
Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, will discuss her role leading efforts to advance U.S. foreign policy to counter anti-Semitism worldwide.
Mental Health and Aging
B’nai B’rith’s Center for Senior Services experts and guests discuss social isolation and healthy aging.
Former New York Yankees Superstar Mariano Rivera
The pitching legend talks about partnering with B’nai B’rith and his love for Israel
See the impact B’nai B’rith has made helping communities recover from disasters.
Romania on the International Stage
The Ambassador sits down with CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin to discuss the relationship between Romania and Israel, Holocaust education and remembrance, and regional security in Central and Eastern Europe.
Perils and Opportunities in the Middle East
A Conversation with Robert B. Satloff, Executive Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
B'nai B'rith's 2023 Global and Domestic Policy Priorities
B’nai B’rith’s International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy experts discuss Israel and the United Nations; global anti-Semitism; the dangers Iran poses to Israel and the world; pressing issues in Latin America and Europe and more.
Director of Aging Policy Evan Carmen discusses top issues and priorities impacting seniors today.
Join us as we kick off B’nai B’rith’s 180th year of service to the world!