A Shira Palmer Sherman Memorial Event

After being expelled from Nazi Germany for his outspokenness, Rabbi Joachim Prinz immigrated to America and became a leader in the civil rights movement, speaking at the 1963 March on Washington about the danger of silence. In the documentary film I Shall Not Be Silent, narrated by Andre Braugher, Prinz is remembered as a visionary who was ahead of his time in his positions on civil rights and peace in the Middle East.

A panel discussion with Deborah Prinz, Rabbi Dave Vaisberg, and Rachel Eskin Fisher will follow the film screening.

About the panelists

Rachel Eskin Fisher is a co-producer and co-director of Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent. She has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA in TV Writing and Production from the TV Writers Studio. She wrote the short film Becoming Herzl for the Pico Union Project in Los Angeles. Her short film, AVIVA, recently completed production and will soon be in festivals. She lives in Maplewood, NJ, and was born and raised in Philadelphia.

Deborah Prinz is Chair of the Global Board of GreenFaith, an international, multi-faith movement for climate justice. In her professional career, she was the founding director of the Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood (NJ), a local education foundation, prior to which she served as a counselor with North Jersey Mental Health Associates in Morristown. Deborah is the youngest of Joachim Prinz’s five children and was pleased to participate in the making of the documentary, Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent as Associate Producer. She is married to Lawrence Neher, a founding partner at the New Jersey law firm, Berkowitz Lichstein, PC.

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg serves as Senior Rabbi at Temple B’nai Abraham of Livingston, New Jersey. Additionally, he sits on the Central Conference of American Rabbis Responsa Committee, is a member of Faith Allies for a Reparations Task Force with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and is a chaplain with the Maplewood Police Department. Born in Montreal, Quebec, and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, Vaisberg has a B.A. in Psychology from York University and an M.A. in religious education and rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. In his spare time, he plays guitar and sings, cooks enthusiastically, and runs long distances and obstacle courses. Vaisberg is also proud to have B’nai Jeshurun as one of his spiritual homes.