Christian Advocates for Israel (CAFI) is a North Alabama coalition emerging from the local Christian community with a heart to honor Israel and the Jewish people for the biblical heritage received, and explore opportunities of practical advocacy in prayer and intercession, in humanitarian relief, in community outreach, and in governmental and political advocacy, in this time when anti-semitic rhetoric is growing louder and bolder.
Guest Speaker from Jerusalem Hosted in North Alabama
CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF YAD VASHEM
Director Dr. Susanna Kokkonen
7pm Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Dwelling Place Church
2550 Redstone Road SW Huntsville AL 35803
7pm Friday, November 13, 2009**
Temple B'nai Sholom
103 Lincoln St SE Huntsville, AL 35801
**Temple B'nai Sholom and The Jewish Federation of Huntsville and Alabama cordially invite you to
Shabbat and an opportunity to hear from Dr. Kokkonen
Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, originally from Finland, is the Director of the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem. In her position, she travels extensively around the world to speak about Israel, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and the Middle East. She was the featured guest speaker at the official Holocaust Memorial Day 2009 organized by the First Minister of Northern Ireland. Fluent in six languages, she writes regularly on Jewish and Israeli issues. Dr. Kokkonen has developed a program of enrolling Christians from around the world as Friends of Yad Vashem. The program brings clergy and educators to Holocaust education seminars so as to enable them to educate their own communities.
Until April 2008 she was the Political Director of various pro-Israel efforts at the European Parliament in Brussels. She has also served as a Cultural Attache at the Embassy of Finland in Israel. In 2004, she received her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Holocaust studies. Her dissertation topic was “Jewish Refugees in Post-War Italy, 1945-1951.”
The International Holocuast Memorial in Jerusalem
"And to them will I give in my house and within my walls
a memorial and a name (a "yad vashem") ...
that shall not be cut off." (Isaiah 65:5)
As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter.
For over half a century, Yad Vashem has been committed to four pillars of remembrance: Commemoration, Documentation, Research, Education