First Friday: Why Holocaust Education Matters for US Foreign Policy

Friday, March 3, 2023 • 10 Adar 5783

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

6-7 pm Services
7:15-8 pm Catered Dinner ($22 per person)
8-9 pm Presentation including Q&

If you are attending via livestream, you do not need to register. Only the presentation will be streamed, so the stream will begin at 8:00 pm. You can watch via the following link:

Holocaust issues manifest themselves in U.S. foreign policy in many ways, ranging from restitution and compensation for Holocaust survivors to international efforts to counter Holocaust distortion and denial.  Come join us when Special Envoy Ellen Germain talks about diplomatic efforts in these areas past and present and how knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust informs current U.S. foreign policy.

Ellen Germain assumed her duties as Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues in August 2021.  She joined the Foreign Service in 1995 and is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.  Ms. Germain served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2018-2021.  Her previous positions include director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2015-2017), head of the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow, Poland (2012-2015), and postings as deputy political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad (2007-2008) and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York (2008-2012), where she was responsible for issues relating to the Middle East, East Asia, and nonproliferation. She has also served in London, Tel Aviv, and Moscow. Ms. Germain holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University, an M.A. in English from Columbia University, and an MPhil in computer speech and language processing from Cambridge University.

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  1. Stephanie Greenberg

    If you would like to register for Special Envoy Ellen Germain's First Friday dinner and presentation at Bonai Shalom, please go to:
    This is really a unique opportunity and we hope you'll attend.