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Film Series: Son of Saul

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00pm | Pavilion

Join us for a screening of Son of Saul (Hungary, 2015) with a special post-film discussion with Saul himself, the Oscar winning actor, Géza Röhrig, moderated by Rukhl Schaechter, Editor of the Yiddish Forward.

6:00 – Welcome
6:15 – Screening
Post-film discussion with Géza Röhrig will begin at film’s conclusion

About the Movie: In this searing, Oscar-winning drama, a concentration camp inmate tasked with burning the dead discovers the body of a young boy who he takes for his son. He is faced with the harrowing decision of either participating in the clandestine uprising being planned among the prisoners, or securing a proper Jewish burial for the child.

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Film Series: Lamb

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:00pm | Pavilion

Join us for a screening of Lamb (Ethiopia, 2015) and special post-film discussion with Ethiopian-Israeli documentarian and social activist Avishai Mekonon.

6:00 – Welcome
6:15 – Screening
Post-film discussion with Avishai Mekonon will begin at film’s conclusion

About the Movie: Yared Zeleke’s remarkable Oscar-nominated debut tells the story of young Ephraim, a half-Jewish, Ethiopian boy who is sent by his father to live among distant relatives after his mother’s death. Ephraim is quickly able to win over his cousins, but when his uncle decides that his beloved sheep must be sacrificed for the next religious feast, he will do anything to save the animal and return home.

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Film Series: Turn Left at the End of the World

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:00pm | Pavilion

Join us for a screening of Turn Left at the End of the World (Israel, 2004) and enjoy a sampling of Moroccan and Indian delicacies.

6:00 – Enjoy Moroccan and Indian delicacies
6:30 – Screening

About the Movie: This touching story centers around a group of families who, seeking a better life, emigrate from India to Israel in the late 1960s. It explores the hardships and surprises that come with the integration of multiple families from different ethnic backgrounds and their struggles with immigration and prejudice.

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101 Ideas on How to Make Your Passover Seder Participatory, Engaging, and Fun

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:15pm | Community House

Taught by visiting Israeli scholar Rabbi Noam Zion
Come join us for an evening of learning that is interactive, multi-sensory, and fun. Rabbi Noam Zion, a renowned educator, noted scholar and author of two popular Haggadahs, A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices and A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah, will be taking us through an exciting journey.

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