We will show East and West, a delightful comedy, filmed in Austria in 1923. This silent film opens as Morris Brown, a New York gambler acquainted more with his checkbook than his prayer book, returns to Galicia with his very American daughter, Mollie (Yiddish film star Molly Picon) for a family wedding. The bride, daughter of his religiously observant brother, and Mollie, whose exuberant antics fill the film, could not be more different. But Mollie unexpectedly meets her match, an engaging young yeshiva scholar who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart.
East and West features classic scenes of Molly Picon lifting weights and boxing, teaching young villagers to shimmy, and stealing away from services to gorge herself before sundown on Yom Kippur. Underlying these hijinks is veteran filmmaker Goldin's affectionate portrayal of worldly Jews encountering traditional shtetl life.
Admission is $5 for non-members; free for synagogue members.
Film restoration & new English subtitles by the National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org.