Westchester Celebrates Jewish Film - Special AJC Programs


AJC Experts Respond:
Post-Screening Discussions on March 18, 22, 25 and 31


Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 pm

“Waiting for Armageddon” – This startling documentary takes you inside the homes and lives of members of evangelical communities in the United Sates who believe in the Rapture and Armageddon, and find the world full of signs pointing to the End of Times, when Israel will stand at center stage. As they describe impending global doom with unnerving optimism, they hold Israel and the Jewish people in an odd embrace, donating more than $75 million annually to Israel.  

Gary Greenebaum, the Director of Interreligious Affairs for AJC, will engage in a post-screening discussion with Gary Rosenblatt, the Editor of The Jewish Week

Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 pm
.  (Part of the Israel…New Perspectives series)

“$9.99” – This is an animated (claymation) movie by noted Israeli filmmaker and writer Etgar Keret about the meaning of life.  The movie is set within a Sydney apartment complex with the unemployed 28-year-old Dave Peck in its center. The film features a world full of small wonders and magic. 

Etgar Keret will be joining us for a post-screening discussion about the film and the rise of Israeli literature and filmmaking.  

Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 pm 

 “Woman From Sarajevo” –  An incredible documentary about Zineba Hardaga, the first Muslim woman in Israel to be honored as “Righteous Among the Nations,” She hides and saves a Jewish family during World War II and is then saved by that family 50 years later during the war in Sarajevo.  The documentary also tells the story of her family with a daughter who has converted to Judaism and works at Yad Vashem, and a brother who moved to Mexico and converted to Catholicism. 

David Harris, AJC National Executive Director, will be speaking at a post-screening reception, and we hope that Sven Alkalaj, the Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will also be joining him for this discussion.

Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 pm

“Praying in Her Own Voice” – This documentary details the struggle of religious Jewish women to have freedom to worship in Israel.    The film passionately describes the story of the “Women of the Wall,” a group of woman who seek to pray out loud, read Torah and wear talitot and kippot at the Western Wall, and brought their struggle from the Western Wall to the Israeli Supreme Court.

Mimi Alperin, Chair of the AJC Board of Governors will moderate a panel discussion on the place of women in the religious Jewish world. The panel includes Devorah Zlochower: Rosh Beit Midrash, Drisha Institute for the last decade; Rabbi Susan Mitrani Knapp: Assistant Rabbi at New City Jewish Center; and Chen Ben Or Tsfoni, Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun.

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