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GLBT Israel: Public Awareness and Social Networking Tour of North America March 2010

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The National Association of GLBT in Israel announce their North American Public Awareness and Social Networking Tour

Mike Hamel, chairperson of the Aguda and authority on the human and social rights of the GLBT community in Israell will be touring North America, accompanied by youths who were involved with the horrible shooting that took place in the Gay Youth Center in Tel Aviv, August 1, 2009

The National Association of GLBT in Israel, known as the Aguda, will be celebrating its 35th year of service and support of GLBT rights and issues and providing social services to the GLBT community in Israel. The Aguda has been the founding father of many of the GLBT organizations in Israel and is the only national GLBT organization offering programs ranging from youth services to a new HIV-AIDS awareness website along with Project Barak educational program. The Aguda is presently trying to build an all new national social services program that will stretch from border to border and encompass all of Israel regardless of religion, origin or sexual orientation.

On August 1, 2009, a masked gunman burst in our facilities during our Youth-Bar program and opened fire killing two and injuring a dozen more. In the aftermath, a huge problem was brought to light.. The government social services and social workers have not been trained or educated in dealing with GLBT issues. Without intent, they caused additional heartache and traumas to the wounded and their families.

In recent meetings with the ministry, the Minister of Social Services issued a mandate to the Aguda to build a national network of social services to deal with the GLBT community. This new project will be funded by a private public effort

Mike Hamel the Chairperson of the Aguda, since 2004, who is considered the leading expert on GLBT issues in Israel and has been involved in social reforms and the protection of human rights for his entire life will be visiting the United States and Canada in March 2010.

Mike will be accompanied by Chen Langer, a young volunteer with the Aguda youth program who was shot during the recent tragedy and Chen Katz, who along with her brother Nir, who was killed in the shooting, were also volunteer counselors at the Youth Progam .

Mike will share the history of the Aguda and the GLBT movement in Israel. Followed by Chen’s story about the shooting and the aftermath.

And this will be followed by a presentation of an all new video film about the Aguda and our programs along with the frame work for the new social service network.

This will be a very exciting evening with many new things to report from Israel. Chen and Chen are very enthusiastic speakers and Mike is an authority on Human Rights in Israel. The program will be concluded with a q&a aession with the audience.

Our Social Networking Tour will begin in New York City and include the following cities, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Ft Lauderdale. For more details please contact the National Association of GLBT in Isreal’s office in Tel Aviv at 972-3-6205590, or by email to office@glbt.org.il

In Canada please contact New Israel Fund offices at atarah@nifcan.org
For press and media information please email barry@glbt.org.il

For Schedule of events please visit: http://www.glbt.org.il/contentItems.php?sectionID=673&itemID=1216

Hockey Day in Israel

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Hockey Day in Israel Featuring Hockey Greats Paul Henderson & Darryl Sittler

Oscar hopes high as ‘Ajami’ crew heads for Hollywood

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The Israeli filmmakers behind the Oscar-nominated picture “Ajami” arrived in Los Angeles yesterday to attend this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater.

This is the third consecutive year in which an Israeli-made motion picture has been nominated for best foreign-language film.

The film’s writer-directors, Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, producers Talia Kleinhendler and Moshe Danon, and eight of the cast members are in Hollywood. Yet due to the limited amount of seating set aside for the Israeli contingent, only the directors and producers will be able to attend the ceremony, which takes place early Monday morning Israel time.

The rest of the cast and crew will watch the festivities live at a special event organized by the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles.

The odds of “Ajami” capturing the prize are not great, according to both movie critics worldwide and Internet gambling sites. Most observers expect the German entry, “The White Ribbon,” which was directed by Michael Haneke, to get the nod.

In the days prior to the ceremony, the Israeli crew will attend several Hollywood gatherings. Yesterday, they sat down with journalists at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and tomorrow, Copti and Shani will participate in a special symposium of directors nominated for the best foreign-language film, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Their fellow nominees, in addition to Haneke, are Jacques Audiard, director of the French film “A Prophet”; Claudia Llosa (“The Milk of Sorrow,” from Peru); and Juan Jose Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes,” Argentina).

Source: Haaretz.com