By Penson and Claudio Kaminsky
The Drama Department of Fitzgerald (GA) High School staged the one-act version of Fiddler on the Roof in November 2011. At first, members of Fitzgerald’s synagogue community were very skeptical about it, wondering how the department would deal with a play about a Jewish experience. To our surprise, they not only did everything right, they also won the Georgia District Regional Competition.
World-renowned author, lecturer, and Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life special presenter Dr. Joel Hoffman gave two lectures at Temple Israel, in Columbus, January 27 and 28, to standing-room-only crowds.
Temple Israel, in Columbus, Georgia, has a vibrant religious school that has grown to 45 students and 12 teachers. The school has been an education partner with the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life since 2004.
By Brian Katzowitz
Holocaust films have become so prevalent that they occupy their own genre in the cinematic landscape. And while the genre has produced heart-wrenching masterpieces and uplifting stories of survival, it is naïve to think that within the enormity of the event there are tales that have not been explored. Enter Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness.
By June Kunkel
The Augusta Jewish Community Center (AJCC) and The Augusta Jewish Federation sponsored a three-week series of events celebrating the life and works of Jewish Poet Emma Lazarus. Her sonnet written in 1883, “The New Colossus,” was inscribed on a bronze plaque placed at the base of the Statue of Liberty in 1903.
THE BREMAN HITS THE ROAD. The Jewish community of Demopolis, Alabama, once numbered 150 individuals. Today, only one, Bertram J. Rosenbush, Jr., remains. The staff of the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum recently visited Bert and his wife, Mary Louise, on their property, located on Bert Rosenbush Road.
Atlanta’s very own Jewish Antiques Appraisal Show, featuring Jonathan Greenstein, the nation’s preeminent Judaica dealer, is coming to town on Sunday, March 25. Jonathan Greenstein began collecting Judaica at the age of 14, while working part time at an antique store in Brooklyn.
By David Geffen
“My fascination with the Haggadah began at Seder in my childhood when, for a brief moment, adults listened to me shakily sing the four questions.”