Benefit and Awards Gala

Sat, Feb 29th 2020 at 5:00 PM PDT · By Rebuilding Alliance
Date & Time
Sat, Feb 29th 2020 at 5:00 PM PDT
Sat, Feb 29th 2020 at 9:00 PM PDT
Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco CA, 94102
Event Details

You are cordially invited to attend the 2020 Awards Benefit Dinner for Rebuilding Alliance. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Rebuilding Alliance is dedicated to advancing equal rights and opportunity for the Palestinian people through education, advocacy, and support that assures Palestinian families the right to a home, schooling, economic security, safety, and a promising future. 

The evening will start on the loggia with appetizers donated by Taboun 

and music by Georges Lammam

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Evening Program:

Welcome: Emcee Dore Stein, Host of Gaza Corner on KALW Radio

Rebuilding Alliance Slideshow - Starting Where it Counts

And a few words from Rebuilding Alliance Executive Director, Donna Baranski-Walker

Dinner in the Green Room: Generously Donated by Sajj Mediterranean

Awards Presentation:

Advocacy Award

Tania Hary

Executive Director of Gisha- Legal Centers for Freedom of Movement

As Executive Director of Gisha, Tania speads her time promoting awareness and sensitivity for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories and advocating before decision-makers and opinion-makers for freedom of movement for the Palestinian people. Diplomats, foreign offices, and international organizations, including the UN Security Council, rely on her knowledge and understanding of the implications and dynamics of life and policy decisions in the region.

Storytellers Awards

Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon

Editors- Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation

Ayelet and Michael invited some of the most celebrated international storytellers to tour the occupied territories and meet with community organizers, artists, activists, farmers, and families, as well as Israeli settlers and disillusioned soldiers. Their stories bear witness to the human cost of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.


Najib Joe Hakim

Documentary and Editorial Photographer

Joe’s thought provoking publications and photos deal with people whose stories and experiences are not often heard. One of them, Re-imagining Palestine, is also an invaluable resource for people wanting to get better informed and involved... and become advocates! 

Farah Nabulsi

Writer and Director of Nightmare of Gaza

Farah, a filmmaker and human rights advocate, created a nonprofit production company through which she produces short films that help others feel what Palestinians experience. Nightmare of Gaza is a haunting, abstract, and experimental narrative of a woman in the streets of Gaza surrounded by the devastation after the bombs have stopped.  

Keynote Speaker

Najla Said

Author, Actor, Playwright, and Activist

Najla Grew up in New York City as the daughter of the renown Palestinian intellectual Edward Said. Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family, is a warm and engaging memoir born out of Najla’s popular one-woman show Palestine.

Live Auction

Auction items include cooking lesson from Blanche Shaheen

Get a private cooking lesson on how to create an authentic multi-course Middle East feast in your very own kitchen. Sample delights from Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon, customized to your dietary lifestyle and ingredient preferences. Blanche Shaheen is a TV host/journalist turned cooking show host, cookbook author, and blogger. She now focuses on her passion for preserving Middle Eastern recipes and culture through her YouTube show called "Feast in the Middle East."  Included is a copy of Blanche's cookbook, "Feast in the Middle East," with over 200 pages of classical as well as modernized recipes.

Cookbook Cover

Offered for Raffle from

14 kt. white gold diamond cluster pendant and chain holding 1.00 ct. total weight of round diamonds. Replacement value $2,900.

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