Where Did We Come From: Jewish Immigrant Stories on Film

Next Event: February 18, 2018 Newton Free 0
(Screenshot by Midwest Films)
(Screenshot by Midwest Films)

Four classic films present some of the many challenges, mishaps and opportunities experienced by European Jewish immigrants after they passed through Ellis Island and began life in America in a four-part series at Temple Shalom of Newton as part of the Roots and Routes: We All Have Series events. The films are:

“The Jewish Experience: America”
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, 2 p.m.

This PBS documentary explores the trajectory of Jewish American life from the earliest arrivals in the mid-17th century through the impact of the Nazi regime in World War II, the creation of Israel, and the new challenges of 21st-century assimilation.

“Hester Street”
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 2 p.m.

Presents, in microcosm, the Jewish immigrant’s experience upon arriving in New York City in the late 19th century, and focuses on the struggle of one such young Jewish woman dealing with language and the tension between assimilation and tradition.

“Lies My Father Told Me”
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2 p.m.

This isn’t so much about lies, but about certain truths about life that a little boy and his immigrant grandfather fiercely refuse to accept. It’s about the conflict between father and grandfather and the very different notions that each has about what the youngster should be taught, how he should behave; indeed, of what kind of person he should grow up to be.

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2 p.m.

The film chronicles the experience of a Jewish family that immigrates to the U.S. from Poland in pursuit of the American dream and how life in America changes them.

Each session will start with background material presented about the film. The films screen at 2:15 p.m. with a discussion to follow. If you have an anecdote or short story about the experience of one of your immigrant forebearers that illustrates some aspect of the theme of this film series, you are welcome to share it.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Temple Shalom
175 Temple St
Newton, MA 02465

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