Lunch-and-Learn: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of Every Month (Virtual)

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Michael Soto 450x275From the Persecution of Gay Men during the Holocaust to Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation Today: How It Affects Everyone

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 12pm-1pm (PT)

With Michael Soto, CEO, GSBA



Anti-LGBTQ legislation has a long history, including the persecution of gay men during the Holocaust. Over the decades these prejudicial attitudes have far from disappeared. Micahel Soto, CEO of the Greater Seattle Business Association, will discuss  the history of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, why it’s a human rights issue, and how it affects all of us.

Michael Soto joined the GSBA in Dec. 2021 after serving as the executive director of Equality Arizona, a nonprofit organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ rights and community activism. He led a statewide team to ensure that more LGBTQ+ people were appointed and elected in social, civic and economic life throughout Arizona. Prior to his time at Equality Arizona, Soto was the economic equity policy director for the Arizona Community Action Association, developing, researching and analyzing public policy priorities for its economic-equity five-year strategic plan. When not advocating for social justice, Soto enjoys writing creative fiction, playing numerous musical instruments, reading, woodworking and taking care of his three-year-old dog, FDR.

Thank you to our community partner, the GSBA, which represents over 1,300 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share the values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace. 


Mordecai Paldiel 450x275Resistance of the Heart

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 12pm-1pm (PT)

With Dr. Mordecai Paldiel



This session is part of the Powell Professional Development Series Day of Learning. Teachers can earn 1 clock hour for attending this session. Additional sessions are offered throughout the day. Learn More. 

What is amazing in the stories of non-Jewish rescuers of Jews, who aremcredited with saving thousands of lives, is that they each acted, not in unison, but separately and secretly. Every rescuer who made the courageous decision to shelter Jews, in spite of the risks to himself/herself, for the Nazis threatened them with death or imprisonment, that decision was made without consulting others, but out of one’s deeply-held intuitive conviction of every person’s right to a full life. They thus rekindled the flame of human values in that most dark period of human history.

For while the Nazis showed us man at his worst, the rescuers of Jews showed us manbat his most elevated best – of the rescue of innocent others as the highest form ofbresistance – of resistance of the heart. Some saved one person; others more. They did not ask for any compensation. Their greatest reward was their pride of having shared in the act of saving someone else’s life at high risks to themselves.

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, the former Director of the Department of the Righteous at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust authority, is a lecturer at Yeshiva University and Queens College (CUNY) in New York.  Born in Belgium, Dr. Paldiel and his family of six fled to France where they were rescued by a Catholic Priest who was able to smuggle the entire family into Switzerland. Dr. Paldiel is a leading authority on rescue during the Holocaust and is the author of several acclaimed books on rescue and rescuers. 

Special thanks to the Powell Family Foundation for their commitment to Holocaust education and for making this program possible. 


Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed in these programs are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the Holocaust Center for Humanity and its employees.    

Thank you to our 2022 Lunch-and-Learn Sponsors:

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The Frances Roth & Stanley R. Schill Foundation     




Thank you to the grantors, companies, and individuals who have made this year's Lunch-and-Learn series possible. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring one or more Lunch-and-Learns throughout the year, please contact Ilana Cone Kennedy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.