StandWithUs Festival of Lights Annual Celebration Sunday, December 14, 2014 Keynote Speaker Khaled Abu Toameh Honorees Sandy & Larry Post Emcee Elon Gold Supporting Israel Around the World Please Join Us for the StandWithUs Festival of Lights Annual Celebration Sunday, December 14, 2014 Century Plaza Hotel 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles 5 p.m.–Reception and Silent Auction 6 p.m.–Dinner and Program Silent Auction closes at 6:30 p.m. sharp Register online at www.standwithus.com/FOL2014 Dinner Co-Chairs Ellie & Bruce Lederman • Debbie & Naty Saidoff Please RSVP by December 1 • Tribute Journal ads due November 21 Cocktail Attire• Catering by Pat's• Kosher dietary laws observed Evening ends at 9 p.m. Honorees Larry and Sandy Post We are privileged and delighted to honor Sandy and Larry Post at the 2014 Festival of Lights. The Posts have supported StandWithUs educational programs for over a decade. They have always deeply understood that college students represent the future and have therefore made it a priority to help students who care about Israel to educate their peers on campuses. In cooperation with others, Sandy and Larry Post have enabled StandWithUs to send hundreds of speakers and programs to campuses across North America each year. In addition to supporting StandWithUs, the Posts also support the JDC (the "JOINT"), the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, MEMRI, Wilshire Blvd. Temple, Creative Community for Peace, ELNET, UCP Wheels for Humanity, the Children's Burn Foundation, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and many other important organizations. Dinner Co-Chairs Bruce & Ellie Lederman Naty & Debbie Saidoff The Festival of Lights is generously underwritten by Ellie & Bruce Lederman and Debbie & Naty Saidoff so that all proceeds will be designated for critical StandWithUs programs and emergency response campaigns in 2015. Keynote Speaker Khaled Abu Toameh Arab Muslim Award-Winning Journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, an Israeli Arab Muslim, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades. He was born in the West Bank City of Tulkarem to an Israeli Arab father and a Palestinian mother. He grew up in the Israeli Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye. He studied English literature at the Hebrew University and began his career as a reporter by working for a PLO-affiliated newspaper in Jerusalem. Abu Toameh currently works for the international media, serving as the "eyes and ears" of foreign journalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He has been a producer and a consultant for NBC News since 1989. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, the Sunday Times of London, and the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Fajr. Since 2002 he has been writing on Palestinian affairs for the Jerusalem Post. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and children. Emcee Elon Gold Comedian “Hilarious,” “original,” “incredibly talented,” and “extremely handsome” are just a few of the terms Elon Gold uses to describe himself. Elon Gold has established himself as one of the top comedians in the country, having appeared on numerous television shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Gold is well known for his hilarious original characters and offbeat impressions. Elon wrote and performed on ABC’s The Dana Carvey Show and co-wrote, produced, and starred in the Sony Television pilot Good as Gold alongside television icon Mary Tyler Moore. Elon currently lives in Los Angeles, but if he doesn’t get onto a hit series fast, he will be moving back in with his parents in NY! About StandWithUs Committed, energetic, and versatile, StandWithUs employs a breadth of powerful strategies to raise consciousness and understanding of the state of Israel among key decision makers, the media, the general population, and the next generation. This international, nonpartisan education organization empowers leaders and grassroots activists to advocate for Israel in an informed and dynamic way. Our programs include fellowships throughout the US, Canada, the U.K., and Israel; high-powered missions; and intensive media skills and strategy training for young leaders who want to represent Israel. StandWithUs also supports high school and college students and community activists with speaker programs, conferences, and fact-based materials; provides teachers with curricula; supplies American libraries with resources; educates the public through a variety of Internet resources and newsletters; and organizes missions to Israel for doctors, bloggers, attorneys, and journalists. We have become a world leader in educating through social media as well as through the production of booklets and films about Israel. Unhindered by borders, we reach out to international pro-Israel communities, including those in North America, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. Founded in May 2001, StandWithUs now has offices and chapters in Boston, Chicago, Davis, Florida, Los Angeles, Michigan, New York, Orange County, Philadelphia, Santa Cruz, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Canada, the United Kingdom, Asia, and Israel. We thank you in advance for your partnership and donation today, which helps ensure support for Israel tomorrow. Board of Directors President Esther Renzer Vice Presidents Steve Emerson Marty Jannol, Esq. Bruce R. Lederman, Esq. Larry Post Naty Saidoff Secretary Adrienne P. Wienir Treasurer Barry Wolfe Members Arthur Bilger Dahlia Bilger Haim Dayan Helen Dayan Rita Emerson Mordechai Gur Larry J. Hochberg Alan Howard, DMD Susan Jannol Mark Karlan, Esq. Shmuel Katz, MD Dina Leeds Fred Leeds Barak Lurie Janet Sasson Faith Schames Rhona Wacht Howard Waldow Sonya Waldow Michael Wienir, MD Mireille Wolfe Adam Milstein Gila Milstein Ron Plotkin David Polak Janet Polak Susy Rubinstein Debbie Saidoff Executive Staff International Director and Chief Executive Officer Roz Rothstein Chief Operating Officer and Director of Marketing Jerry Rothstein Senior Executive Gary Ratner Executive Vice President Jack Saltzberg Director of Research and Education Roberta Seid, PhD Israel Office Director Michael Dickson National Campus Program Director Brett Cohen Director of Diaspora Education in Israel Michelle Rojas-Tal National StandWithUs-MZ Teens High School Program Director Miri Kornfeld StandWithUs Campus Logistics Director Ron Krudo www.standwithus.com • www.standwithus.co.il StandWithUs (a.k.a Israel Emergency Alliance) is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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