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Spotlight on our Community

2017-2018/5778 Spotlight on our Community

Events are on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to Noon 
(unless otherwise noted)

Spotlight events coming up:

January 21, 2018 
“It Ain’t Necessarily So!: The Surprising Jewish Influence on American Jazz”
In the early part of the 20th Century, when Jews were shut out from countless professions, many musicians (including Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Mel Torme, Artie Shaw, and
Buddy Rich) brought their talents and Jewish experience to the field of Jazz.
In fact, if you hum the opening measures of Ira Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So," you will quickly note how closely they resemble the beginning blessing for the Torah!
Renaissance man and husband of our own Cantor Wendy Bat-Sarah, Lev Mallinger,
will share his life-long passion for music as he discusses the
important and overwhelming Jewish influence on American Jazz. 

February 4th, 2018 
Please note that this session runs from 9:30 a.m. to Noon
“Aristides de Sousa Mendes: The Portuguese Schindler” 
What do Salvador Dali, the royal family of Luxembourg, and

local Jewish community member, Daniel Mattis, have in common?
All were among the thousands of refugees saved from Nazi terror by Aristides de Sousa Mendes, one of the heroes later recognized by Israel as a Righteous Among the Nations for perhaps the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.
Danny will share the film Disobedience, which is about the life of Sousa Mendes and he will discuss his daughter's role in paying homage to this Portuguese hero. 

March 11. 2018 
“The Wedding Plan” 
Film with discussion led by Cantor Emeritus Laurence Loeb 

When her fiance' calls off their wedding a month before the ceremony, Michal (Noa Koler) refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. After over a decade of unsuccessful matches, Michal, an Orthodox Jewish woman in her early 30s, insists that God will find a husband. 
The hoped-for-marriage isn't just a test of Michal's happiness, but also of her religiosity. With plenty of twists, this film will keep you guessing until the end. 
The Wedding Plan was directed the Rama Burshtein, an ultra-orthodox Jewish woman director, whose 2012 film, Fill the Void, won international acclaim.

Sun, January 21 2018 5 Shevat 5778