Has Besa: The Promise piqued your curiosity?
The movie can be viewed at any time between Wednesday and Sunday evening. On Sunday evening, January 31, 2021, Am Yisrael Chai Atlanta is hosting a panel discussion and Q&A session with moderator Nadia Bilchik, producer Jason Williams, and Executive Director of Rabbinate of Albania, Rabbi Yisroel Finman. Special guest panelists include Benjamin Neumann, whose mother and grandparents escaped Germany and were saved in Albania, and Elizabeth Vrato, whose grandfather saved Jewish refugees in Berat, Albania.
If you have questions you would like to pose to the panel, please fill out the form below and submit it by noon on Sunday. During the panel discussion, attendees will also have the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists via the Zoom chat.
Sponsors and donors, at any level, will receive an email Wednesday, January 27 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day - with a link and password to watch the movie.
The panel discussion will be live on Zoom Sunday evening at 7:30 PM EST, when the panelists will take live questions from participants via Zoom chat (sponsors and donors, at any level, will receive connection info by email), and a recording of the Zoom panel will be available on our Miracles and Memories site following the discussion.
Global speaker, author, and former CNN Editorial Producer.
President and co-founder of JWM Productions, LLC, and producer of Besa: The Promise.
Rabbi Yisroel Finman
Executive Director of Rabbinate of Albania, immigrant to Albania.
Mr. Neumann was born in Boston to David and Johanna (Gerechter) Neumann. Both of his parents were born in Germany, but left before the war broke out. His father left Germany for Palestine in 1936. However, his mother, Johanna, and her parents did not leave until February 1939 and survived the war in the Albania. She lived her life with appreciation to the Albanians and she made it her mission to tell the story of these honorable and inspirational people. Benjy’s parents met in 1947 in New York, moved to Boston, and the family made Aliyah in 1969.
Mr. Neumann works for NASA in Washington, DC, where he holds the position of Director for the Human Spaceflight Capabilities Division for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. He is responsible for such capabilities as rocket testing, flight crew’s health and safety, as well as research to enable human health and performance in future exploration missions. Mr. Neumann and his wife, Ellie Katz, live in Rockville, Maryland.
Elizabeth Vrato is the grand-daughter of Commandant Kadri bey Cakrani, who sheltered hundreds of Jewish people in Berat, Albania while serving as the top military leader in the region during WWII when the country was Fascist-occupied and Nazi-occupied. Berat was the hub of Albania’s protection of Jewish refugees, with a count of over 600 people saved from Nazi deportation. Cakrani took the details of his efforts to his grave because of Iron Curtain politics. His story was first shared in the U.S. in 2020 and is now traveling the globe.
Ms. Vrato is the author of The Counselors: Conversations with 18 Courageous Women Who Have Changed the World (with a foreword by President Bill Clinton), which provides mentoring advice from some of this country's most trailblazing women leaders, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Janet Reno. A Truman Scholar, Vrato has practiced law in both the public and private sectors and is a graduate of NYU Law School.