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Film Screening and Panel Discussion of Code Name: Avalon

05/01/2024 10:37:54 AM



From the Weitzman National Museum of Jewish History and WHYY: Under the code name “the Ayalon Institute,” a group of teenagers from the Hatzofim Aleph Scout movement and members of the Haganah built an underground munitions factory in 1947 that secretly manufactured and then smuggled ammunition needed during Israel’s War of Independence. Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, the documentary, Code Name: Ayalon, explores stories of the teenagers and young adults who worked in this secret factory and contributed to Israel’s establishment as an independent state. Interviews with the last surviving factory workers and commentary from noted historian Deborah Lipstadt, recount this clandestine mission. 

After this screening on Wednesday, May 8 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, join us for a panel discussion exploring the film’s creation, as well as how the history of Israel’s statehood influences American Jewish identity. Panelists include:

  • Eszter Kutas – Executive Director, Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation
  • Laurel Fairworth – Executive Producer, Code Name: Ayalon
  • Arnon Degani – Fellow, Molad: Center for Renewal of Israeli Democracy; Visiting Fellow, Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania

Learn more and register here.

Sun, June 16 2024 10 Sivan 5784