State of the Union: Voices of Change a huge success!

June 17, 2022

Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for our State of the Union: Voices of Change event featuring our inspiring panelists, Claudia Oshry, Lizzy Savetsky and Ryan Saghian, moderated by Caryn Lieberman.

With over 300 people in attendance, the audience was empowered by our panellists to stand up in the face of antisemitism and all forms of hate. It was a fantastic evening that left everyone feeling inspired to find their voice and speak their truth.

Voices of Change 2022 panelists pictured from left to right: Lizzy Savetsky, Claudia Oshry, and Ryan Saghian

Pictured from left to right: FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt, moderator Caryn Lieberman and the panelists, Lizzy Savetsky, Claudia Oshry and Ryan Saghian

Voices of Change co-chairs, panelists and committee members. Pictured from left to right: Jake Mandel, Alexa Tepperman, Kelly Ostro, Lizzy Savetsky, Ali Budd, Ryan Saghian, Claudia Oshry, Ashley Steinhauer Otto, Jessica Waks, David Goodman and Martin Ware. Not pictured: Jesse Otto, Jesse Tepperman and Sean Ostro

Lexi Alter, FSWC’s generationNOW co-chair, the first speaker of the evening, shared what inspired her to get involved

Holocaust survivor Andy Réti took the stage to call on attendees to take the Never Again pledge and vow to always stand up against hate

FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt takes the stage to discuss the importance of younger generations being leaders in the fight against Jew-hatred and other forms of hate

Voices of Change co-chairs Ali Budd and Martin Ware share why they wanted to get involved with FSWC and this incredible event

Moderator Caryn Lieberman and the panelists Ryan Saghian, Claudia Oshry and Lizzy Savetsky take the stage

A full crowd listening to Holocaust survivor Andy Réti speak on what it means to stand up and why we always need to fight against hate

Voices of Change attendees enjoying the cocktail reception

If you have any questions about programming or are interested in getting involved with generationNOW or Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, email our Programs Lead, Leore at lzecharia@fswc.ca.

We will continue to create programs and events that work to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and combat antisemitism and hate. Please take our short survey, so we can enhance each opportunity to better serve our community’s needs.

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We would like thank Claudia Oshry, Lizzy Savetsky and Ryan Saghian for joining us and speaking about their experiences of using their platforms on social media to speak out in the face of antisemitism. Thank you to Caryn Lieberman for moderating this panel.

Thank you to our co-chairs, Ali Budd and Martin Ware, for leading our amazing committee, and thank you to our committee members, Jessica Waks and David Goodman, Jesse and Alexa Tepperman, Kelly and Sean Ostro, Ashley Steinhauer Otto and Jesse Otto, and Jake Mandel, who worked tirelessly to put together this successful evening.

An additional thank you to Lexi Alter, co-chair of generationNOW, for opening our event, and thank you to Holocaust survivor Andy Réti for calling on our audience to take on the “Never Again” pledge and vow to always stand up against hate.

Thank you to all our generous sponsors

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