Image - detail from film poster

Past Event

"Who Are the Marcuses?" Film Discussion

Could Israel hold the answer to the world’s water problems? Lottie and Howard Marcus believed so. The forthcoming film Who Are the Marcuses? unlocks the mystery of this remarkable couple who made the single largest donation to the State of Israel ever. The Holocaust survivors lived most of their lives modestly before leaving a $400 million fortune they quietly amassed to fund water research at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which they saw as vital to achieving peace through natural resources.

This event is not a film screening; this is a discussion about the film Who Are the Marcuses?  Here is a trailer for the film:

MLF Organizer
Andrew Dudley

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Mishory photo by Marcel Indik; main image is detail from film poster.

August 8, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Ellen S. Marcus

Ellen S. Marcus

Image - Matthew Mishory

Matthew Mishory

Director, Who Are the Marcuses?

Image - Doug Seserman

Doug Seserman

CEO, Americans for Ben-Gurion University

Image - Andrew Dudley

Andrew Dudley

Co-Host and Producer, Earth Live; Chair, People & Nature Member-Led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:45 p.m. program
(all times PDT)


$10 members
$20 nonmembers
Free for members
$5 nonmembers