From Poland to upstate NY

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Vestal High School will host the premier of the film “Blue Tattoo“, about Holocaust survivor Dina Rosenberg.

The documentary will showcase the personal testimony of Dina Jacobson including her friendship with local folk artist, Joe Crookston and her work with Elmira and Binghamton high school students sharing her experiences as part of the global history curriculum.

Blue Tattoo

The film will be officially released at the International Jewish Film Festival in Buffalo May 18th.

Entrance is free, donations will be accepted to benefit the Raise the Roof campaign to rebuild the synagogue and Hillel Academy. Vestal’s Temple Israel’s roof collapsed in December causing extensive damage to the building.

Dina Jacobson will be present at the screening together with the film’s producers, Rich Kellman and Marty Kerker. DVDs of the film will be available to purchase.

Dina JacobsonDETAILS: Vestal High School auditorium, 205 Woodlawn Drive 6.30PM April 25th. Running time 37 minutes.


Nicky’s Family movie screening Dec 8th

In memory and honor of those whose lives were irreparably destroyed by “the Night of Broken Glass” Kristallnacht” 75 years ago, the film Nicky’s Family will be screened on Sunday December 8th, 2013 4 PM at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca.

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For synagogue members and families, tickets are free, and available on a first-come first-served basis.

Please reserve tickets after November 18th at the Temple Office.

Sponsored by Temple Beth El Sisterhood, Adult Education and the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.

Breif synoposis from movie web site:

Nicky’s Family tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.

Winton did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn ́t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.

NYT review here

The silence from this individual about his heroism, even to his wife is remarkable. I wonder if it has anything to do with one of the admirable cultural character traits of the British, namely discretion, non-volubility and an aversion to intimacy that is so different in the US.

I am wondering if this movie would be suitable for a mature almost 10-year old. Any thoughts?


Anne Frank Tree Dedication Ceremony Wednesday June 12th

AnneFrankTree poster copyThis event is to celebrate the planting of a sapling from the “Anne Frank Tree” in the Southern Cayuga School District. Read more about this project in a New York Times article.

Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan will be the keynote speaker at this event. She is the author of “Four Perfect Pebbles“, a Holocaust memoir and a noted speaker.

The event is taking place at:

Southern Cayuga High School, 2384 New York 34B, Aurora, NY 13026

Google maps estimates this as a ~30 min trip from Ithaca.

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Contact me if you would like to carpool.