July 10, 2020
Rockland Holocaust survivor tribute

Although the pandemic has closed Rockland County’s Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education, Holocaust survivors continue to speak to schools and groups via Zoom and other digital mediums. Paul Galan, a Holocaust survivor and the museum’s co-president, recently gave a talk to Valley Middle School 7th graders in Oakland. To say thanks, their teacher Ruth Kokkinakis arranged the tribute collage pictured above.

Every year Mr. Galan speaks to the students at that school. This year his visit became virtual — but no less impactful.
OJC weekly summer meals initiative

The Orangetown Jewish Center in Orangeburg has a new fundraiser, the OJC Summer Meal Series. Every week, the shul will highlight and support a different kosher restaurant in the Rockland/Bergen County area that has agreed to offer OJC congregants a selection of summer family meal packages. A portion of the proceeds of every meal package will go directly to support OJC and its year-long programming.

The program kicked off last week with the restaurant Yalla Teaneck, coincidentally a Jewish Standard Reader’s Choice winner.

Orders must be placed by Tuesday and will be ready for curbside pick-up on Thursday afternoon in the shul parking lot, in front of the synagogue entrance. All tips will be contributed to the OJC as well. For more information, go to theOJC.org .
JCC Rockland’s virtual film festival continues online

JCC Rockland continues the annual Rockland Film Festival — it’s virtual this year — through July 29. Films are available for 48 hours after they first are streamed, at 7:30.

Many of the films include a pre-recorded or live interview, which is included in the ticket price. On Monday, July 13, the festival will screen “My Polish Honeymoon.” The French comedy/drama is in French with English subtitles. On Wednesday, July 15, the film is “The Keeper,” a British drama that tells the true story of a WWII German soldier who becomes a British prisoner of war and then remains there; despite the British post-war climate, he becomes a goalkeeper for the soccer club Manchester City. 

Both tickets and the films are at jccrockland.org/film-festival .
Jewish Film Festival: King Bibi
JULY 8-10, 7:30PM
Brilliantly assembled entirely of footage from countless TV appearances, King Bibi: The Life and Performances of Benjamin Netanyahu charts the ascent of Israel’s media-savvy prime minister. As his political fortunes rose, Netanyahu quickly perfected his skills as a master of public speaking and media manipulation.
Jewish Film Festival: An Irrepressible Woman
JULY 11-13, 9:15PM
Léon Blum, the Jewish French socialist politician and three-time Prime Minister, stands at the heart of a new film. Janot Reichenbach (Elsa Zylberstein) fell in love with Blum (Hippolyte Girardot) when she was only sixteen.
Jewish Film Festival: My Polish Honeymoon
JULY 13-15, 7:30PM
Anna and Adam, a young Parisian couple with Jewish origins, are about to travel to Poland for the first time. They are just married and technically speaking this will be their honeymoon. They will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam’s grandfather, which was destroyed 75 years ago.
Israel Bonds Rockland W omen's Division Book Club
JULY 15, 7PM
We will discuss My Father's Paradise by Ariel Sabar
Jewish Film Festival: The Keeper
JULY 15-17, 7:30PM
The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon.
Jewish Film Festival: The Crossing
JULY 18-20, 9:15PM
THE CROSSING tells the story of the adventurous 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance movement during the Second World War.
Jewish Film Festival: The Rabbi Goes West
JULY 20-22, 7:30PM
When Rabbi Chaim Bruk moved from Brooklyn to Bozeman, Montana, he left a large Chabad Hasidic community. In all of Montana there are just 2,000 Jewish families—and Rabbi Chaim is determined to put a mezuzah on each of their doorposts
Jewish Film Festival: The Mover
JULY 22-24, 7:30PM
This award-winning Latvian feature film offers a gripping account of Žanis Lipke, a blue-collar worker honoured as one of the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ for his heroic deeds during the war.
Jewish Film Festival: Sustainable Nation
JULY 25-27, 9:15PM
Sustainable Nation, the new hour-long documentary from Imagination Productions, follows three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet.
Jewish Film Festival: There Was No Silence
JULY 27-29, 7:30PM
There Was No Silence is a documentary about JCC Rockland’s efforts to get a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Timed to premiere on the 47th anniversary of the Munich massacre and less than a year before the Tokyo Olympics.
Jewish Film Festival: Those Who Remain
JULY 29-31, 7:30PM
Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year old Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her father and mother will return.
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