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Lecture, photo display to spotlight Israeli humanitarians

An IsraAid volunteer helps Syrian refugees come ashore on the island of Lesbos, Greece. IIsraAID)

Rachel Wallace will present “Humanitarian Heroes Around the World” as the Weintraub Israel Center’s Gertrude and Fred Rosen Memorial Lecture next month. The free lecture marks the launch of a month-long photo exhibit at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, “Stories of Courage and Resilience.” The Tucson J will host the lecture in partnership with the WIC, a program of the J and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

Wallace is the outreach and engagement director for The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid (IsraAID), a non-governmental organization that responds to emergencies worldwide with targeted help. The rescue organization works in emergency and long-term development in 47 countries. Wallace will discuss the ways Israeli know-how makes IsraAID successful.

“IsraAid responds to disasters and crises around the world,” says Jennifer Selco, the J’s Jewish Life and Learning director. “Rarely, if ever, do we hear the stories or see photos of these missions. The Tucson J is proud to host this IsraAID photo exhibit to bring awareness to Israel’s global humanitarian assistance and the role that Israelis play in restoring and bettering people’s lives. IsraAid does this, not by mandate from outsiders, but because Israel values life for all.”

The annual Rosen Memorial Lecture was established by Sidney M. Rosen and Frances Knowles, in tribute to their parents’ involvement in and devotion to their community.

The lecture is Monday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tucson J. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP is required at israelcenter@jfsa.org. The photo exhibit runs March 10-29. Free transportation via Handi Car is available to seniors through the JFSA Transportation Grant. To register before your first ride, call Beverly at 577-9393.