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Silent Film with Rob Mermin - Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Rob Mermin hosts silent film showing of His People
This 1925 silent film about a young Jewish boxer growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan is directed by Edward Sloman.  According to film historian Lester Friedman, “Sloman’s compelling vision of the painful depths and joyous heights of immigrant life endow the film with an exuberant vitality that captivates modern filmgoers and enlightens film historians.”
In His People, the two sons of a poor Russian-Jewish pushcart peddler on New York's Lower East Side are both causing their father grief. Morris, a selfish, ambitious student, wants to become a lawyer, and in doing so tries to hide his background from his friends. Sammy gets a job to help pay his brother's college education, and to his father's horror, becomes a prizefighter and plans to marry an Irish girl. As Morris and Sammy stray from traditions cherished by their parents, each generation learns to accept change in order to preserve the family as a source of love and respect.
Director Sloman's images of New York's Lower East Side are so evocative that the viewer can almost hear the hustle and bustle of that thriving neighborhood during the 1920s.
Admission is $5 for non-members; free for synagogue members.
Film restoration & new English subtitles by the National Center for Jewish Film,

Book Group - The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron - June 7

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The next meeting of the Contemporary Jewish Writings Reading Group is Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Light supper (salad, bread and cheese) plus pot luck served. 

This month we are reading The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron

Hailed as “The Great Israeli Novel” (Time Out Tel Aviv) and winner of the prestigious Bernstein Prize, The Hilltop is a monumental and daring work about life in a West Bank settlement from one of Israel’s most acclaimed young novelists. On a rocky, beautiful hilltop stands Ma’aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling community flying under the radar. According to the government it doesn’t exist; according to the military it must be defended. On this contested land, Othniel Assis—under the wary gaze of the neighboring Palestinian village—plants asparagus, arugula, and cherry tomatoes, and he installs goats—and his ever-expanding family. As Othniel cheerfully manipulates government agencies, more settlers arrive, and, amid a hodge-podge of shipping containers and mobile homes, the outpost takes root. Read more about the author on his website. Book reviews here and here. Jewish Book Council page here


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