​The unbelievable story of Hillel Kook (also known by his underground name Peter Bergson) is known to few today. While many streets are adorned with the names of minor Zionist wheelers and dealers, Kook has not even merited an alley. But without this tenacious and creative man – the Forrest Gump of the period before Israel was established – the Israeli state may not have even existed.

Hillel Kook (1915-2001), the nephew of Rabbi Kook, was one of the first and youngest commanders in the Irgun underground movement. In 1940, Jabotinsky summoned him to the United States to serve as his personal secretary, and upon Jabotinsky’s death, Kook remotely oversaw Begin’s appointment as commander of the Irgun.

When news of the Holocaust began to reach America, Kook decided to do whatever he could to stop it – even at the price of conflict with the Jews of the United States and the leaders of the Yishuv in Israel. Along with a handful of partners collectively known as “The Bergson Group”, he founded a series of organizations, raised massive awareness in the press, using giant news advertisements to harass President Roosevelt, recruited lawmakers and celebrities, produced the play “We Shall not Die” (starring Marlon Brando!) and organized the Rabbis’ March to the Capitol in Washington.
The Jewish leadership was envious and entreated the FBI to “take care” of Kook. But ultimately Kook’s group of zealots with strange accents achieved impressive results. Roosevelt was forced to declare the establishment of the “War Refugee Board”. Some historians claim the Bergson group was responsible for rescuing 200,000 Jews. Kook is commemorated at Holocaust museums in the United States, but his struggle is absent from “Yad
After the war, Kook resumed fighting for his country. In an audacious move, the Bergson Group purchased the Persian Embassy building in Washington, hoisted a blue-and-white flag, and declared it to be the Hebrew embassy. This embassy sent letters all over the world, for example, to the Arab League, claiming that the country in formation would be a Jewish-Arab partnership.
In October of 1947, despite Begin’s lack of enthusiasm, the group filed a memo with the UN towards a unilateral declaration of a government in exile. Ben Gurion did not want to be preempted by the Irgun. Contrary to his close advisors’ advice, he declared the establishment of Israel only one month later, on November 29th.
Upon declaration of the new state, Kook hurried to Israel and “the Bergson Group” initiated and funded the Altalena. Kook was not pleased with Begin’s activity, but was incarcerated by the IDF at a secret facility for four months.
Kook liked to say, “I’m the most leftist right-winger and the most rightist left-winger.” Although he was a member of the first Knesset on behalf of the Herut party, he coined the term “post-Zionism” in a 1947 article. He believed that after the establishment of the State, Zionism could be disposed of. He founded the first civil rights organization in Israel and was one of the pioneers of the battle to separate religion from state. His greatest battle, which he fought until the end of his life, was for a constitution. When the founding committee decided not to draft a constitution, Kook declared it a “putsch”. When Begin found the constitution to be less important, Kook tried to take over the Herut party, and when he failed to do so, he left it. Had he succeeded, there would not have been a judicial reform, and October 7th would probably not have happened.
Kook was pushed out of the country for which he had battled. In 1951, beaten and oppressed, he returned to the United States and became a businessman. In the 1960’s he returned to Israel, and from his home in Kefar Shmaryahu, tried to rekindle the flame. He organized meetings and attempted to publish a newspaper. But the public was uninterested in the man and his obsession with a constitution – except a few young men such as Doron Rosenblum, Yossef Aggasi and Yoram Kaniuk.
Kook should have been remembered as one of the most influential persons in the establishment of Israel, in the spirit of David Ben Gurion and Menachem Begin, but was equally forgotten by left and right. He was called “The Father of the Hebrew Nation” by the academic Moshe Brandt. In his eulogy for Kook, Yoram Kaniuk called him “one of the most overlooked people in our generation”.
The investigative work of researcher Renen Yarezki has yielded historic treasures. An attempt to amend the historic injustice and an effort to outline “the road not taken”, “Hillel Kook was Right” is a proposal for a different present and future for Israel – which is especially relevant today.

Journey of a Thousand Miles tells the story of a notorious and violent gang leader who was convicted of shooting two police officers. He was released in late 2020, after serving 17 years of a 30-year sentence.

This movie asks questions many of us ask of ourselves:

Is redemption possible?

Can a person really change?

Rather than providing easy answers, we want to make a documentary that embraces nuances and complexity, steering clear of black-and-white thinking and engaging our viewers in the gray.

We are more interested in exploring the complexities of human nature than the intricacies of our criminal justice system, though that topic is part and parcel to this story. By keeping the film personal, multi- dimensional, and free from political agenda or self-righteous rhetoric, we believe we will succeed in fostering a broad dialogue across the political spectrum.

The +Club is a Financial Literacy and Life Skills multimedia platform targeted for underserved communities with a pilot program in Newark, New Jersey. The afterschool and companion on-line program offer a foundational educational experience for high school students in an engaging and edutainment manner to help prepare them for life in the modern economy. The initiative aims to foster good financial habits and behaviors, putting them on the long-term path to building wealth and, ultimately, financial independence.
There is a wealth of material related to financial literacy available from multiple, reputable sources. The inherent problem is much of the material is not engaging to today’s students, nor is it targeted to specific communities. +Club solves this problem by offering the following differentiated elements:​
Financial literacy skills are made accessible in a relatable/meaningful manner to help improve financial well being. The +Club complements in-person sessions with a multimedia platform offering enduring video programming, an engaging/robust website, and a planned collaborating mentoring network. Attention is focused on proper messengers to deliver the extraordinary content.
​Relatable role models share their personal stories as real-life examples to aspire to and be inspired by. This curated content- +Club Moment- will empower self-initiative by offering aspirational discussions on promoting life possibilities while complementing these narratives with practical advice.
On our website, please view our +Club Moment videos featuring truly extraordinary professionals revealing their thoughtful wisdom and life’s journeys including achievements, challenges and regrets.​

Featuring food, dance, music, art, and plenty of laughter, XPERIENCES centers the people and culture of destinations around the world as experienced by host and producer Rafael Moreno. Raised in the South Bronx, Rafael is a Dominican-American presenter, actor, writer, and traveler who visited 15 countries before the age of 30. With XPERIENCES, Rafael combines his passion for travel and storytelling, exploring the myriad ways people enjoy life around the globe. From the producer of award-winning travel series “FLY BROTHER with Ernest White II,” and destined for release on Public Television in early 2025, “XPERIENCES with Rafael Moreno” takes you there! Let’s go!

Was the iconic song “Blue Moon written by famed duo Rodgers and Hart, or was it penned by a young, unknown aspiring songwriter? The podcast, Who Wrote Blue Moon? will seek to solve this mystery.

The question has haunted Liz Roman Gallese, a former journalist, who, for years has been searching for the lost legacy of her father, Edward W. Roman. All her life, the story had been told in the family that her father, Ed, wrote “Blue Moon,” sent it off to a song broker, then years later heard it on the radio. . .and sued two of the most prominent songwriters in the world. 

Who Wrote Blue Moon? will look into what is known and unknown about “Blue Moon” and the remarkable quest of a daughter searching through the history of Troy, New York, for the young man who would later become her father. 

Six podcast episodes of approximately 30 minutes each. 

For more information please visit: https://bluemoonsong.org

“Lost, Found, Embraced”, is a documentary that captures the emotional saga of Mangok Bol, a South Sudanese Lost Boy turned Bostonian, as he bridges continents to reunite with his niece and nephews. With the help of the team at refugee resettlement non-profit RefugePoint, and a group neighbors and friends from various walks of life, Mangok is preparing for his niece and nephews to arrive in Boston. They are being reunited with Mangok in the United States after years of indentured servitude and separation. We’ll witness their emotional reunion and capture how a community is built around the welcoming of refugee family members separated by war and violence for decades. Through dynamic interplay of contemporary footage and historical archives, the short film delves into themes of loss, resilience, and the universal quest for family, community and belonging revealed in refugee resettlement and family reunification, set against the ongoing, divisive debates about immigration in The United States.

“Lost, Found, Embraced” employs a documentary style that is both intimate and observational, combining the immediacy of verité footage with the reflective depth of expository interviews and archival materials. The film’s tone navigates between the somber realities of refugee experiences and the hopeful resilience that defines Mangok and his community. Visually, the documentary juxtaposes the stark landscapes of Sudanese refugee camps with the urban environment of Boston, using close-ups to capture emotion and wide shots to contextualize the individual stories within the global refugee narrative. Visually, the past will intercut with the present in ways that help the audience feel the trauma that is carried by refugees, and underscore the importance of support systems for their well-being.  We’ll see the moment South Sudan became a country in 2011, and the moment of hope that was undermined by renewed violence. The decades of conflict in Sudan and South Sudan make it clear that children like Mangok’s nieces and nephews have no home there, and would be in peril if they returned. The verite driven, unfolding story of Mangok’s reunion with his family will also be contextualized in the larger issue of Refugee resettlement and family reunification through interviews with leading experts like Samantha Power, Sasha Chanoff and others.

“Lost, Found, Embraced is more than a story of family reunion; it’s an exploration of the broader refugee experience, underscoring the importance of community support, the challenges of assimilation, and the enduring strength of the human spirit. It’s also a powerful reminder that welcoming Refugees can bring a community together and reveal the best parts of our nature. In a moment where Americans are increasingly divided on immigration, and loneliness and mental health challenges are at crisis levels, the acts of coming together to help refugees- especially children who have endured years or loss and suffering, is a powerful demonstration of how community is built when we open our hearts


A colorful culinary celebration of Lebanese cuisine, culture, and customs created, produced and hosted by the “Queen of Lebanese Cuisine,” Julie Taboulie!

By: Julie Taboulie Television, LLC for American Public Television/Create TV/PBS Presented and Distributed by American Public Television. Airing Nationwide on American Public Television Stations, Create TV and PBS.

Learn the Amazing Artistry of Authentic Lebanese Cooking, Culture and Customs with the Ambassador for Lebanese Cuisine Julie Taboulie.

The Emmy-Nominated and Award-Winning Special Series, Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen, is finally here and fresher than ever! But, first we need your help to make this highly anticipated “fresh is best” new season of Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen happen today!

We would love for you to show your support for the special show that you love so much! Please give back today and pay it forward by supporting public television and the fresh new season of this award-winning special series Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen. 


In JULIE TABOULIE’S LEBANESE KITCHEN, the Emmy-nominated and Award-Winning Lebanese-American Chef, Bestselling and Award Winning Cookbook Author, Public Television Culinary Star & Host and Maronite Catholic Ambassador for Lebanese Cuisine, Julie Taboulie, warmly welcomes one and all into a whole new wonderful world of the fresh, flavorful and fabulous famous foods from her beloved Lebanese heritage.

Public television programming is made possible by YOU, corporate sponsors, underwriters and benefactors and individual donors. We can’t create this beautiful show, inspirational and informative programming without your support. Please consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation today! YOUR contribution is truly appreciated and much needed to make the fresh new season of the series possible. YOUR gift will be the gift that keeps on giving as our special show will air on American Public Television Stations and Create TV for four years plus streaming on PBS Passport for many years to come.

We would love for you to show your support for the special show that you love so much! Please give back today and pay it forward by supporting public television and the fresh new season of this award-winning special series Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen. Help us bring this special show to air today. Your support is truly appreciated always. 

*If you would prefer to make your contribution by check, please email: ShowSupport@JulieTaboulie.com for details. 

Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen truly thanks YOU for considering giving a gift today. It’s supporters like YOU that help change the world for the good every day, sharing is caring!

(If you would you prefer to remain anonymous (no logo and/or name on screen) with your donation, you may do so.)

Cheers to bringing joyful food to the world with Julie Taboulie!

Takloull bil’ Hanna ~ Eat in Happiness. 

Sending smiles, Julie Taboulie (:



Hailed as the “Queen of Lebanese Cuisine,” this first-generation and full-blooded Lebanese-American Ambassador, Julie Taboulie, has been immersed in learning, making and sharing Lebanese cuisine and culture all her life and now she takes viewers along with her on a colorful, culinary and cultural journey as she creates, cooks and celebrates the mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine and culture of Lebanon. Julie shares her authentic array of original Lebanese recipes, an amazing repertoire that have been handed down in her family spanning for over three generations. Richly rooted recipes from the old-world of Lebanon from Julie’s maternal grandmother (Sitto) to the new world from Julie’s mother (Ima) and today into her own hands and heart to keep her beloved heritage, hospitality, time honored traditions, and above all her authenticity alive and well to all American audiences and abroad.

Julie joyfully and seamlessly simplifies, demystifies and cheerfully clarifies the cuisine of her cherished culture. Join Julie in her bright and beautiful kitchen as she brings her fascinating family recipes to fruition, blended with her personal family stories, seasoned with her step-by-step instructions, tried and true tips, tricks, and techniques while she shares the secrets to true Lebanese cooking so that audiences can successfully re-create her authentic recipes right at home.

They’re Julie Taboulie tested and Mama approved!

Julie makes special stops at her mother’s glorious garden to gather home-grown ingredients, inspiration and ideas from her greatest influence in her life, Mama, which ignite her spirit and feed her soul that she showcases and shares with viewers throughout this culinary series and special showcase of “Mama’s Glorious Garden!” 

This mother and daughter duo is dynamic and deliciously delightful in our cooking show series special segment “Mama’s Glorious Garden.” Throughout the series audiences are affectionately introduced to Julie Taboulie’s number one person of her inspiration, Mama, and her number one place of her inspiration, “Mama’s Glorious Garden.”

As a special guest gardener, chef, and co-hostess, Mama meets and greets Julie in her gorgeous garden and grounds where it’s all about growing and gardening galore and more! Mama and Julie instantly attract attention appealing to audiences through their interesting ideas and interactions and enlightening exchanges on extraordinary elements throughout the garden. This series special segment showcases Mama sharing her knowledge, know-how, and how-to hands-on horticultures on specialty seeds, unique vegetable varieties, extraordinary herbs and green-thumb gardening tips impressing, inspiring and influencing audiences time and time again.

As one of the most affectionately anticipated areas in the series, audiences have come to absolutely adore, admire and most of all appreciate Mama and her glorious garden!


Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen is a true timeless treasure trove of tradition. Turn your kitchen into a Lebanese cuisine international cooking experience by contributing!



After almost drowning in the river as a child in Florida, lifelong educator Pearl White has taught thousands of children and adults how to swim at “The Y” for nearly 50 summers.

Pearl: My World is a one-hour documentary that not only honors a woman who has dedicated her life to instilling life skills to generations of children in her community, but also expands on–and even upends–the singular narrative of Black Americans’ fraught relationship to swimming and water.

Once a threat to her own life as it had barely begun, water became Miss Pearl’s friend, her muse, her classroom, her meditation, her world. One sweltering summer afternoon in 1939 or 1940—one struggles to remember the exact year—Little Pearl, not older than two, fell into the dark waters of the Saint Johns River at Jacksonville, Florida, almost drowning while her father swam to the rescue and her mother looked on in horror. Over the next eight decades, Miss Pearl learned to love the water, emulating the glamorous Hollywood swimming star Esther Williams as much as the Black swim champions she trained with at the Jefferson Street Pool during her youth, frolicking in the surf of segregated American Beach in the 1950s, coaching high school swimming and diving teams for much of her teaching career, and teaching thousands of children—and many of their parents—how to swim for nearly 50 summers at the James Weldon Johnson Branch YMCA, in the heart of Jacksonville’s Black community.

● Presidio Pictures: https://presidiopictures.com

“A walk with Richard” is an intimate portrait of a first- generation Japanese immigrant and restauranteur who firmly believes in “protecting” the customer, his business and his legacy. Richard landed in Vestal, NY in 1975 and opened Kampai, a Hibachi restaurant that same year.

Richard has always instilled the values of putting the customer first for over five decades and that legacy continues with his three children who now run the restaurant. Richard is retired but still pops in and out of Kampai to perform his rituals like cleaning the parking lot by-hand every morning before opening and closing out the last nights books. Our short film shares intimate moments with Richard and his family, illustrating what all of us in Vestal, NY have known about him for a long time. It is time to share his story with a larger audience and celebrate his legacy.

The Hudson Valley of upstate New York has been synonymous with America’s art scene since the 19th century, as artists such as Frederic Church and Thomas Cole pioneered the Hudson River School, launching American art onto the world stage. Once again this area is a thriving artist haven as 21st century artists find inspiration in the rolling hills of upstate New York.

Artiste is a documentary series that showcases the artists of today who live and create in this area, exploring what led them to move to the Hudson Valley, why they stayed, and how their lives and work have thrived in their new artistic home.As we experience the work of six untraditional artists, each working in unique mediums, we are invited into their creative processes and understand how the place itself deeply informs their art. In this challenging environmental moment, artists are leading the way back to an engagement with nature, finding profound community both with each other and with the Hudson River Valley.

As we near the 200th birthday of Frederic Church, Artiste will serve as a celebration of art in America, exploring one of the major schools of American art. While the landscape has stayed the same, the inspiration that artists receive from this area has changed as each artist works to further their understanding of modern art.

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture