United Against Hate: Strategies to Combat Antisemitism

June 6 2024, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT Manhattan

Date
Thursday, June 6th
at
6:00 PM EDT
Location

Manhattan

About

Join us for an evening of enlightenment and empowerment as we gather to address the pressing issue of antisemitism through various lenses. As young professionals, we understand the importance of combating hatred and discrimination in all its forms. This event offers a unique opportunity to explore diverse perspectives on fighting antisemitism, delving into various strategies and approaches that are particularly relevant in today's world. Amidst a Kosher dinner, cocktails, and networking, let's come together to not only raise awareness but also to spark meaningful conversations and forge connections that will drive positive change. Together, we can stand up against antisemitism and be part of the solution.


Event Agenda:

-6:00-6:40: Dinner, Cocktails, Mingling

-6:40-7:00: Keynote from Sami Steigmann

-7:00-8:00: Roundtable Breakout Sessions

-8:00-8:30: Dessert, Cocktails, Mingling


Breakout Rooms:

-Room 1: Leveraging Social Media to Combat Antisemitism with Zach Sage Fox


For questions about the event please reach out to: nicole.krieger@yjp.org


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Keynote
Sami Steigmann
Motivational Speaker / Educator / Holocaust survivor at Samispeaks.com

Sami's life story is remarkable. He was born on December 21, 1939 in Czernovitz, Bukovina, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire belonging to Romania. Later, it became part of former Soviet Union and today it is in Ukraine. From 1941 through 1944, he was with his parents in the Ukraine at Mogilev-Podolsky, a labor camp in an area called Transnistria. The camp was liberated by the Red Army and his family was deported by the Romanians, not by the Germans. He grew up in Transylvania, in a small town called Reghin. He did not know the language. In 1961, the whole family (his sister was born in 1946) emigrated to Israel. He served in the Israeli Air Force, not as a pilot. In 1968, without knowing the language and no money, alone, Sami came to the United States. He lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he married, divorced and eventually, in 1983 returned to Israel. However, in 1988, he returned to the United States, choosing New York City as his final home.

Being too young to work, per his parents, Sami was subjected to Nazi medical experimentation in his early years, but has no recollection of those years. However, he has felt and still feels the side effects every single day of his life.

After the medical experiments, life was very difficult in the camp. The starvation and the bitter cold Russian winter created survival problems. Struggling to take care of his family, Sami's father gave away his winter coat for a loaf of bread. At one point he was dying of starvation and his life was saved by a German woman.

This German woman lived on a farm near the camp and brought food to the SS and Ukrainian guards. Fortunately, she saw Sami and recognized he was dying of starvation - physical signs are big head, swollen stomach, swollen feet. She decided to give him milk, risking her entire family's lives. Eventually, when color began to return to his cheeks, she would pinch him (in Yiddish, we called it a knip), and say: "Those are my rosy cheeks!". This German woman enabled Sami to survive and eventually, the whole family returned to Romania. Not knowing her name, years later, it was a very happy sight to see at the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Va'Shem a stone/marker and a tree honoring the unknown ones.

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Speaker
Zach Sage Fox
CEO and Founder at Fat Camp Films X Ad Camp

ZACH SAGE FOX is a Philadelphia-native turned YouTube sensation by high school, which then quickly landed him a development deal with the Disney Channel at just 17 years old. He went on to create two shows for the network in Los Angeles, where he then started a production company. Their studio relocated back east when Fox attended the University of Pennsylvania, where Fox studied film and political communication. While a junior at Penn he made his first feature film, which he wrote, starred in a directed before selling to Hulu.

In the years since his business has become an NYC multimedia empire both known for its award winning film and TV division, where he's sold, written, directed, produced, and Zach starred in, projects for TLC, Amazon and HBO Max; as well as pioneered the new world of viral video and meme marketing with juggernaut brand partners like goPuff, Kickstarter, What Do You Meme?, Pioneer, Bud Light, MTV, Bloomberg and more. On social media Fox has millions of followers across TikTok and Instagram where his videos on mental health, voting and combatting anti-semitism have made him an actor turned viral activist, racking up billions of views for brands and non-profits alike.

Since October 7th, he has spearheaded and been the star of “Facts for Peace,” a social media initiative backed by Jewish titans like Sheryl Sanberg, Barry Sternlict and Michael Dell, where his studio’s viral videos combatting Hamas propaganda and antisemitism have racked up over 250 million views, close to a billion impressions, and have even been featured by the Israeli government and at the United Nations.

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