The SF-Based Jewish Community Federation & Peninsula Temple Sholom Present:

A Special Screening of Rescue in the Philippines, a Film about the Filipino Rescue of 1,300 European Jews During the Holocaust and Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan Relief in the Philippines

San Francisco, CA – On Monday, December 9, the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties and Peninsula Temple Sholom, in partnership with the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council, will host a special fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan relief and screening of Rescue in the Philippines, a documentary charting the little-known history of the Filipino rescue of 1,300 Jews during the Holocaust.
The Federation has been actively raising funds for Haiyan relief and rebuilding efforts, with over $55,000 already raised within the community.  All funds raised will go to the Federation’s partners on the ground in the Philippines – the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and IsraAid.
“In times of tragedy and need, we are so blessed to live in a community that cares deeply for the welfare of others,” said Federation CEO Jennifer Gorovitz.  “It is clear that the Jewish and Filipino communities have a long and meaningful friendship, and here in the Bay Area in particular we are friends, neighbors, and co-workers.  The Jewish community is proud to do its part to help in the Philippines after the devastation of Haiyan.” 
Rescue in the Philippines, released in 2012, is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, U.S. High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana, and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower, helped 1,300 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.  The film was produced and directed by 3 Roads Communications, in association with the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, with consultation by Frieder Films, LLC.
All are welcome at the event.  One hundred percent of proceeds will go directly to relief and recovery in the Philippines.
Screening of Rescue in the Philippines and Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan Relief
Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
Monday, December 9 at 7:00PM
Sue Schwartzman, San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation
Rabbi Daniel Feder, Peninsula Temple Sholom
Terrence Valen, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns /
Filipino Community Center, San Francisco
Guenther Leopold, survivor of Filipino rescue during World War II
Community Members


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December 04, 2013


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