LOS ANGELES -- Nelson and Claudia Peltz meeting with Pope Francis following Wednesday’s Vatican Mass. Nelson Peltz, Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner, Trian Fund Management, L.P., Chairman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Board of Governors and longtime SWC benefactor has extended a personal invitation to Pope Francis, on behalf of the Center, to visit the new Claudia and Nelson Peltz Social Laboratory at the SWC’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

The newest addition to the Museum, the Social Lab, is an innovative 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art installation which confronts major domestic and international issues facing society today. Cutting-edge technology and provocative new exhibits examine pressing topics. The new Social Lab, made possible by the State of California, will offer visitors an experience unlike anything available in the US or around the world.

Some of the Major New Signature Exhibits include:  The Forum - Visitors examine and debate solutions to controversial topics facing our nation today such as immigration, policing, homelessness, the pandemic, and the economy.

Global Crisis Center - Crises affecting our world today are explored in the Global Crisis Center from the world refugee crisis, climate change and the environment, to the pandemic, the crisis of world leadership, and the spread of nuclear and chemical weapons.
The Oldest Hate Continues - The dangerous increase in anti-Semitism around the world is highlighted in The Oldest Hate Continues. Since time immemorial, the Jewish people have been the target of antipathy, prejudice, and murder which is highlighted in this exhbit.   

They Were All Here - This film looks at some of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance’s most well-known supporters over the decades—from US Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Popes, world leaders, celebrities, entertainers and as well as the many narrators who have been involved with two-time Academy Award®-winning Moriah Films division who have donated their time and talent.

The Power of Comedy - The story of how comedy not only lifts us up when our spirits are down, but also helps us survive and connect as human beings. Led by the legendary Billy Crystal, this film includes clips of Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Jerry Seinfeld, David Steinberg, Robert Klein, Dick Gregory, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Tiffany Hadish, among others.


LOS ANGELES -- The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s two-time Academy Award®-winning Moriah Films is proud to announce that its film library has been acquired by the Library of Congress.

“The films are of particular interest to us because of the number of scholars researching the Holocaust and the sad but important lessons to be learned from it ...” the Library of Congress wrote in a letter thanking Moriah Films for the acquisition.

“This is an honor to have the Moriah Films’ collection as part of the Library of Congress” said Moriah’s Academy Award®-winners Rabbi Marvin Hier, SWC Founder and CEO and Richard Trank, Writer/Director & Executive Producer of Moriah Films. “We hope that this will allow even more people to see our documentaries and learn the story of the Jewish people and Israel.”

Moriah’s films have been seen by over a billion people worldwide from China to Iran, on every major streaming platform, cable outlet, and in theaters. The documentaries have been narrated by some of the most talented and distinguished names in the entertainment industry including Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles, George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman, Sir Ben Kingsley, Whoopi Goldberg, Anne Bancroft, Michael York, Sir Patrick Stewart, Kevin Costner, Martin Landau, Brooke Shields, Christoph Waltz and others.



LOS ANGELES – Samuel Goldwyn Films released on last week its heart-gripping film The Auschwitz Report, and it will be streaming online so viewers can also watch at home. Check local cable listings.

The Auschwitz Report, a masterful and deeply moving film, was Slovakia's official entry for Best International Feature Film this past Academy Award season.  It is directed by Peter Bebjak.  This is his second film chosen as an Oscar submission. It has been receiving very strong critical praise across the board, especially on account of its stunning and inventive cinematography, powerhouse lead performances, and sensitive address of a clearly difficult issue.

The film is based on the incredible true story of two Slovak men who set out on a mission to escape Auschwitz carrying invaluable intel about the going-on's and operations of the camp; at the time of their escape, the Allied forces were woefully unaware of just how dire the situation was. The film follows their escape and their attempt at proving to the Allies that what they experienced was true - an effort that proved to be shockingly difficult.

Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler and their fateful report are today credited with saving the lives of over 200,000 people, but very few know their story.  A must see.


LOS ANGELES – On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to extend Los Angeles County’s temporary eviction moratorium through Jan. 31, 2022.  These protections, which went into effect March 2020 and set to expire on Sept. 30, 2021, provided a set of affirmative defenses against evictions for residential and commercial tenants, as well as mobile home space renters.  Motion extends tenant protections; Residential tenants urged to apply for state rent relief program

The updated policy, now renamed the County’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution, continues to provide a defense against eviction for residential and commercial tenants, while also expanding the owner move-in provisions. Notably, the updated Resolution expands the owner move-in exception to allow property owners or their qualifying family members to move into up to two units as their principal residence(s) if the single-family home, condominium unit, mobilehome space, duplex and/or triplex was purchased by the property owner on or before June 30, 2021, and if certain conditions are met. It also clarifies provisions not preempted by State law, such as residential nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 financial hardship.

“Unfortunately, the County no longer has the authority to extend non-payment of rent protection to local residential tenants. The motion extends non-payment of rent protections to commercial tenants, and extends limited protections to residential tenants as permitted by law. I hope that LA County residents who fell behind on their rent during the pandemic act quickly to apply for the state’s Housing is Key rent relief program in order to secure protection from eviction while the state processes the applications,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the primary author of the motion.

“Los Angeles County’s temporary tenant emergency protections have served as a safety net for both residential and commercial renters of the same communities that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why we must continue to provide protections for those who are struggling to pay rent and on the verge of falling into homelessness,” shared Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District. “I am proud to join my colleague, Supervisor Kuehl, in co-authoring Tuesday’s motion on extending protections for tenants to January 31, 2022. While our temporary emergency protections are for only certain matters where we are not preempted by the State of California, this motion will allow us to provide robust harassment protections to keep our families safe and to give them peace of mind. This pandemic has not affected everyone equally and to that end, I am focused on meeting the needs of our community to stabilize households and mitigate the detrimental effects of disruptive displacements across the County.”

“With the Board’s passage of the motion and the extension of COVID-19 Tenant Protections, we have a clear path forward,” said Rafael Carbajal, Director of the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at a press conference Wednesday. "While some of the State’s eviction protections are slated to expire this week, it’s important to note that there are still resources available to help and rent relief continues to be available to cover up to 100 percent of past-due rent and utilities. Each situation is unique but struggling renters and property owners should reach out to us immediately to determine what protections apply and what resources are available. Call us at 800-593-8222 for more information.”

For more information about the LA County COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution, visit dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions.  For any additional questions about landlord/tenant laws and programs in LA County, visit rent.lacounty.gov. For more information about the Housing is Key rent relief program, visit housingiskey.com.

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