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Gina Waldman

Gina Waldman is a survivor.  Born Gina Bublil in Tripoli, Libya to a family that had lived in Libya for centuries, she was brutally expelled from her homeland in 1967.  Gina and her family fled to Italy and then immigrated to San Francisco as a refugee at the age of 21.
She has dedicated the past 45 years to the cause of freedom and the defense of human rights.  
Her accomplishments  include winning the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award for her work on behalf of Soviet Jews.  Gina is also the recipient of the Jewish Community Federation "Power of One" and in Israel was recently awarded the prize of the "Od Kavod".
Together with Joseph Abdel Wahed, Gina co-founded JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) in 2002 to bear witness to the suffering of the Jewish refugees from Arab lands.
As JIMENA president, she testified in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the United States Congress Human Rights Caucus, the Canadian Parliament and the Israeli Knesset as an expert witness, to ensure that every time government officials discuss the issue of Palestinian refugees on the global stage, they must mention Jewish Refugees.  Gina has made presentations to major universities such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford and numerous others.  She speaks about her own experiences living as a Jew under Islam.
Sunday, July 1

12:15pm PDT