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Richard Lapchick: Facing Uncomfortable Truths

Richard Lapchick: Facing Uncomfortable Truths

Join us for this live online virtual event featuring Richard E. Lapchick.

Human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports and social issues, scholar and author Richard E. Lapchick is often described as “the racial conscience of sport.”

He brought his commitment to equality and his belief that sport can be an effective instrument of positive social change to University of Central Florida in August 2001 where he launched the DeVos Sports Business Management Program.

In 2015 it was named the number 2 program in the world by SportsBusiness International.

Lapchick is a prolific writer. His 17th book was published in 2018. Lapchick is a regular columnist for ESPN.com and The Sports Business Journal.

He has spoken in the United States Congress, at the United Nations, in the European Parliament and at the Vatican

He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of the Commonwealth Nations in the category of Humanitarian along with Arthur Ashe and Nelson Mandela.

Lapchick was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He was named as one of Beyond Sports Inspirational 50 people (living and passed) who used sport to change the world along with Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela.

Lapchick was named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports

He has received 10 honorary degrees

Lapchick was one of 200 guests personally invited by Nelson Mandela to his inauguration after leading the American sports boycott of South Africa from 1975 until the end of Apartheid.

A Conversation With My Mom: Bernice Lerner & Ruth Mermelstein (nee Rachel Genuth)

A Conversation With My Mom: Bernice Lerner & Ruth Mermelstein (nee Rachel Genuth)

Before the word “Holocaust” entered modern parlance, Bernice Lerner learned about her parents’ wartime experiences. But before she learned what they had suffered and endured, she heard stories about their childhoods and post-war years, which seemed adventure-filled. Of course, the ruptures in their lives were more complicated and tragic than she could imagine as a child. In fact, it has taken decades of research for her to gain an understanding of what happened to members of her family. Lerner felt compelled her to write a book – All the Horrors of War which answers the question of how—against all odds—her mother survived.

Not only does Bernice tell her Mom’s story, but she details the parallel journey of a Liberator.

On April 15, 1945, Brigadier H. L. Glyn Hughes entered Bergen-Belsen for the first time. Waiting for him were 10,000 unburied corpses and 60,000 living prisoners, starving and sick. One month earlier, 15-year-old Rachel Genuth (Bernice’s Mom) arrived at Bergen-Belsen; deported with her family from Sighet, Transylvania, in May of 1944, Rachel had by then already endured Auschwitz, the Christianstadt labor camp, and a forced march through the Sudetenland. In All the Horrors of War, Bernice Lerner follows both Hughes and Genuth as they move across Europe toward Bergen-Belsen in the final, brutal year of World War II.

Join this special event where Bernice will introduce you to her incredible mom, who will be happy to answer your questions.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Join us on January 24, 2021, as we observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day and remember the innocent six million Jews and millions of other people who fell victims to Nazi persecution.

This date was chosen by the United Nations in recognition of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

At the same time, we remember the people who courageously and heroically expressed the very best of the human capacity for compassion and justice by risking their lives to save their families and fellow human beings. They demonstrated that in the midst of evil, human beings can perform remarkable acts of decency and dignity.

One such story is that of how the Philippines became a place of refuge for over 1200 Jews fleeing the Nazis. Ralph Preiss, a Holocaust Survivor, will share his personal account during this live virtual event.

We will pay tribute to the millions of lives lost, through candle lighting and a commemorative reading of the names of concentration camps, dates of liberation, and powerful words of inspiration by local students.

This reading will serve as not only a reminder of the magnitude of the atrocities but even more so—the power of unity to liberate our communities from anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry.

Rabbi David Kay will conclude the event with the reciting of the Mourner’s Kaddish.

About Ralph Preiss

Ralph was born in Breslau, Germany in 1930. (It is now Wroclaw, Poland).

His father was a Jewish physician working under socialized medicine in a little farming town, Rosenberg O/S (now Olesno). When Hitler came to power in 1933, he fired all Jewish professionals (teachers, lawyers, doctors, dentists, engineers, scientists) working for the government. But since there were not enough replacements available, his father did not lose his job till the spring of 1938. By then, the Jews that had managed to get out of Germany before then had used up the quotas of immigrants to other lands so that there were only openings in Shanghai and the Philippines. More than 400 people applied for permission and Ralph and his family was lucky to receive visas and they arrived in Manila on March 23, 1939.

The family was not allowed to bring money out of Germany. Having an expired German passport permitted them to live out of Japanese concentration camps during the war. They survived liberation by joining guerillas on Mt Banahaw for a few months. Ralph will share their harrowing story of survival and triumph.

Navigating Uncomfortable Conversations

Navigating Uncomfortable Conversations

Join us for this live online virtual event featuring Annetta Wilson.

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there’.

Uncomfortable conversations are a fact of life. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have them. Our frustration often comes from not knowing how to keep our emotions, and civility, in check.

Discover why people show up with preconceived ideas, how to diffuse anger, how to make your point without being pushy, why ‘proving’ your point rarely works and the communication ‘styles’.

When you know what works (and what doesn’t) your influence skyrockets!

About Our Speaker:

Annetta Wilson solves problems for experts who are frustrated by business, recognition, and relationships slipping through their fingers because of confusing, convoluted, and complicated communication.

An award-winning broadcast journalist, she is a Certified Mastery Coach and Certified Trainer specializing in media training, presentation skills, networking, and the ‘elevator’ speech. She is the creator of, ‘You’ve Got Less than 15 Seconds. Impress Me! elevator speech system, and the author of the upcoming book, ‘The Less You Say, The More You Talk’ (Tips to Communicate for Influence and Power).

She has worked with AAA, CNN, Walt Disney World, Delta Dental, Universal Orlando, the City of Orlando, among others.

Daughter Rochy Miller and Granddaughter Kerryn Letman of Holocaust Survivor Lea Leibowitz

Daughter Rochy Miller and Granddaughter Kerryn Letman of Holocaust Survivor Lea Leibowitz

Rochy Miller, the author of “Not Just a Survivor – a portrait of my mother”, is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor.

This memoir of her mother’s story is both a chilling narrative of an exceptional woman’s life journey, and a personal reflection on being the child of a Holocaust survivor.

Drawing on her mother’s many stories and the abundant written and recorded information she provided, the book delivers a harrowing personal insight – often in her mother’s own words – into life in the Kovno Ghetto, and the five concentration camps in which she was incarcerated.

But the book is also a celebration of the life of an amazingly optimistic woman who rose above her horrendous experiences, emerged with her humanity intact, and went on to dedicate her life to ensuring the stories of the Holocaust are perpetuated, and the heroism of its survivors are honored.

“Now when we come to talk about heroism, when we talk about heroism and courage and the rest of it, I want to emphasize that every hour of our life, to live an extra hour under those circumstances, this was courage, this was heroism. There is always active and passive, and we were denied the active. We couldn’t do anything to our murderers, to our enemies, but at least we tried to defy them, by trying to want to live”. Lea Leibowitz