July 24, 2020
Covid versus community
A death in the family leaves a hole in Rockland Jewish life

Why do I start with this title? I asked myself that question many weeks ago, when our family personally felt the full effect of covid-19.

In February of this year, Marty and I were travelling to France and Saudi Arabia; Israel was our final destination. We were completely unaware of what was lurking in the background, and what was about to change our family’s lives forever.
Judaism, baseball, and the drive for normal

Dr. Solomon Schechter, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary, once told my young grandfather, Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, then a student at the seminary, “Unless you can play baseball, you’ll never get to be a rabbi in America.”

My grandfather never played baseball and never really understood the game. He told me he once went to a game but didn’t enjoy it; the noise kept interrupting his thinking. My grandfather ultimately was more interested in the Book of Ruth than Babe Ruth and Talmud more than a triple play.
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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