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American Response to the Rohingya Genocide

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

Join us for a special presentation with Rohingyan guest speaker, Yusuf Iqbal, and photojournalist John Rudoff. Yusuf Iqbal will offer a brief history of Rohingya and discuss when, how, and why the genocide started. He'll discuss the situation currently as well as responses from the international community. As well, he'll talk about what can be done to help the situation. Rudoff will discuss his personal experiences at the refugee camps through his photography. Avi Rose, the executive director of JFCS East Bay, will speak about his agency's work assisting refugees.


# Sessions
Date & time

Tuesday, March 20
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Mar 20 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Beth El Avi Rose John Rudoff Yusuf Iqbal


Congregation Beth El

1301 Oxford Street

Berkeley, CA 94709



Yusuf Iqbal

Yusuf IqbalYusuf Iqbal was born in Loilem Shan State, Burma in 1974. He received scholarship to attend IIUM Malaysia and graduated with Bachelor of Management Information System. As a student leader, he organized many activities to gain awareness in Malaysia about Rohingya persecution. In 2005, Yusuf moved to the US. In 2010, he founded America West Trading LLC. Yusuf is not only a businessman but also an active community organizer. He has been a working with new immigrants from Burma since 2009. He is also a founder and principle of Islamic weekend school where more than 70 students are learning about Islam and Quran for 7 years. Yusuf has been an activist for Human Rights in Burma focusing on Muslim and Rohingya issue. He leads local and national rallies about Rohingya issue. He has founded the organization America for Rohingya to draw attention of public, organizations, and elected officials.

Avi Rose

Avi RoseAvi Rose has served as the executive director of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay since 2005. Avi is a licensed clinical social worker with an extensive background in nonprofit administration, service delivery, and leadership, both within and outside of the Jewish community.

Avi received his B.A. from Brandeis University in 1976 and later earned an MSW from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College. Subsequent to his graduate education, Avi worked at Jewish Family Service in Los Angeles and later managed the pioneering AIDS program at Jewish Family and Children’s Services in San Francisco, for which he received the Louis Kraft Award for Outstanding Young Professional in Jewish Communal Service in 1988. Avi continued to work on HIV/AIDS issues for several decades, including a period serving as executive director of a national HIV treatment information and advocacy organization. He also worked extensively in the area of community-based health care for low-income people.

John Rudoff

John RudoffJohn Rudoff is a Portland, Oregon photojournalist who often covers political and humanitarian issues. He has lived in Portland nearly 30 years. He documented the early and late stages of the Syrian/Afghani refugee crisis in Greece, American events in Standing Rock and Charlottesville, and he just returned from two weeks in the Rohingya refugee camps at the Burma-Bangladesh border. He is represented by Polaris Images and by Sipa-USA photo agencies.