Viral:Antisemitism in Four Mutations
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Join WITF for a virtual preview screening of the new documentary, Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm.
The film explores the recent rise in antisemitism, which is increasing in ways not seen since the 1930s, in the U.S. and Europe, and hear firsthand accounts from victims, witnesses and others who have experienced it.
After the screening, the film's Co-Producer and Editor (and Pennsylvania native) Diana Robinson will discuss making the film. Plus, hear from an interfaith panel of regional experts.
Viral Intro and Segments
- Heather Woolridge
WITF's Director of Community Engagement
- Diana Robinson-Viral Producer & Editor
Diana Robinson grew up in a bright pink stucco house in the middle of Pennsylvania. After six years in live television and a year in print journalism at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., she began producing public television documentaries on a range of topics, broadly focused on challenges in post-industrial cities. Her work has been supported by numerous foundations as well as grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Viral is her first feature film. She is currently in production on a second feature, about the complex relationship between humans and animals. Although she lives in New York City and has no plans of leaving, she deeply loves Pennsylvania and will talk about this at length to anyone who will listen.
- Mike Greenwald-WITF Senior Advisor, Q&A Moderator
In 1964, Mike was a founding staff member of WITF, public media in South Central PA. He retied in 2007 as a Sr. Vice President and continues today in the emeritus role as Senior Advisor. He began his career as a TV producer-director and writer, then became WITF’s first public relations director, and later its first development director. His work distinguished him nationally and, in 1990, he was named the first-ever PBS Development Professional of the Year. In his career, Mike has been a program host, interviewer, moderator, narrator, and live event producer and emcee. For six years he was the writer/producer/host of OUR WORLD IN FOCUS, a weekly current events program for schools. In that role, in July 1969 he covered the launch of Apollo 11, the first manned moon-landing mission. For two years he was anchor of THE HARRISBURG REPORT, a weekly program seen statewide over the Pennsylvania Public Television Network. He has also hosted numerous specials, including tours of the Governor’s Residence with Governors Shafer and Shapp. He earned a BA from Penn State and MS from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.
- Muhammad Fayyaz, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg
Muhammad Fayyaz is a respiratory therapist. He is a teacher, advisor and an interfaith activist. He has been a board member of the Islamic Society of greater Harrisburg since 2003 and has served as the President of ISGH from 2011 to 2013. Over the years, he has organized numerous events to promote interfaith harmony. He is also a member of the Central PA committee of mosques and works with local organizations for the betterment of the community.
- Rabbi Ron Muroff
Since 1993, Rabbi Ron Muroff has served Chisuk Emuna Congregation in Harrisburg and been involved in various interfaith efforts to strengthen and unite our community, including Heeding God’s Call To End Gun Violence, the Interfaith Advisory Taskforce of Mayor Papenfuse and Harrisburg United. Along with Ezra Match and Lara Match, Rabbi Muroff is a co-editor of “The Fire Within Us: A Collection of Personal Reflections On Jewish Teachings That Inspire and Animate Our Lives”. Following the killing of eleven Jews at the Tree of Life building in October, 2018, Rabbi Muroff spent a Sabbath in Pittsburgh offering comfort to members of that community and has remained in contact with survivors of the attack.
- Rev. Rebecca Myers
The Rev. Rebecca Myers is the Rector of The Episcopal Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen in Newport and Thompsontown, PA. Prior to her service in Newport, she worked with The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington (KY). She has lived much of her life in central Pennsylvania, especially Mechanicsburg and the City of Harrisburg. Prior to becoming an Episcopal Priest, she had a social work career in nonprofit management. Currently, she is involved with Diocesan and local efforts to eradicate and address racism. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Perry County and the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group. She is active in addressing climate change, especially in lowering her carbon footprint.
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