I recently sat down with comedian Sarah Silverman and LA Advisory Board member Jesse Stern. A few months ago, Sarah posted an image with Facing History's original resource book, Holocaust and Human Behavior, calling it one of three books that has most shaped her life.
I met Suzanne Ellis Wernevi on our first day of freshman year in college. We lived on the same hallway, became fast friends, and have shared countless adventures over the last two decades.
Suzanne is also a Facing History alumna, and I credit her with bringing me to Facing History over 15 years ago. As I considered my first job with Facing History, a tiny nonprofit I’d never heard of, it was Suzanne’s instant endorsement that sealed the deal.
Today, Suzanne owns a jewelry business, Luna & Stella, in Providence, Rhode Island, and she has chosen to support Facing History in two ways:
On #GivingTuesday, November 29th, Luna & Stella will donate 20% of all sales to Facing History.
Then, through December 31st, use the code FACINGHISTORY and Luna & Stella will donate 20% of your purchase price to Facing History. This way each customer knows exactly how much will be donated.
This month we have a special treat: Student Justin Muchnick shares his summer project chronicling the life of a Holocaust survivor. All of us who have had the privilege of meeting a survivor in person know the powerful impact of that experience. Justin’s evolving relationship with survivor Ziggy Silbert has spanned several years, and we look forward to hearing and publishing more of his thoughts in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we share this introduction and invite you to share below a lesson you learned from hearing a survivor speak.
Every year, we acknowledge the impact of Facing History and Ourselves through our annual Benefit Dinner. It is a beautiful opportunity to recognize the work of educators, community members, and Facing History Advisory Board members in making our world a better place. Here is a small taste...
Tonight we are screening the L.A. premiere of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, a new documentary about Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay college student who was murdered 15 years ago this month. Directed by Shepard’s friend Michele Josue, and edited by Facing History alum Liam McNiff, the film introduces Shepard in all the richness and complexity of his identity - as remembered by his close friends and family.
David Burstein is a 23 year old Facing History alumnus who thinks deeply about the role of young people in making change. He started the Westport Youth Film Festival while he was in high school, and is the executive director of Generation18, the nation's largest youth run voter engagement organization which he founded in 2006.