2014 Season Program Schedule

WEEK 1: June 22 - June 28
Speaker: Ari Goldman, Columbia University

SUNDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Nora's Will PosterJewish Film Series: Nora's Will
In this warmly unique comedy, one woman's eternal love reaches out from the grave to her family's lost faith, providing a welcome touch to the Passover holiday. Voted Mexico's Best Picture of 2010, it spins romance,humor and melancholy into universal meaning. Drama, Mexico, Spanish, subtitles. 90 minutes.

MONDAY: 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.
Lecture: Kol Nidre: From the Synagogue to the
Concert Stage
Book Signing: The Late Starters Orchestra
Brown Bag Lunch Talk
TUESDAY: 12:15 -1:00 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Jews in the News: How the press covers Israel and the Jewish community

WEDNESDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Jewish Film Series: Nora's Will

WEEK 2: June 29 - July 5
Speaker: Dr. Steven Windmueller, Hebrew Union College

SUNDAY:
3:30 P.M.
Noodle PosterJewish Film Series: Noodle
The story of two lost souls: An abandoned 6 year-old Chinese boy and a lonely 37 year-old Israeli airline stewardess. Their bonding adventure, beautifully scripted and portrayed, yields a satisfying, "feel-good" result. Drama, Israel, Hebrew, subtitles. 90 minutes.


MONDAY:
3:30 - 4:45 P.M.
Lecture: From the Tea Party to J Street, How American Jews are Reinventing their Political Identity
Book Signing:

  • In this Time and in This Place, American Jewry 3.0
  • The Quest for Power: A Study in Jewish Political Behavior and Practice
Brown Bag Lunch TalkTUESDAY: 12:15-1:00 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: The American Jewish Revolution is Underway! What is Happening to Jewish Institutional Life in the United States,
and Why?

WEDNESDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Jewish Film Series: Noodle

THURSDAY: 12:15-1:30 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch and Yiddish Conversation
with Sol Messinger
WEEK 3: July 6 - July 12
Speakers: Dr. Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Northwestern University
Oxana Petrovsky, Concert Pianist

SUNDAY:
3:30 P.M.
Zaytoun PosterJewish Film Series: Zaytoun
A downed Israeli pilot is saved by an unlikely rescuer, a Palestinian boy, in 1982 war-torn Lebanon. Their mutual mistrust dissipates as they travel in peril together to plant the boy's olive tree, on the site of his grandfather's home. Drama, Israel, Arabic, English, and Hebrew, subtitles. 110 minutes

MONDAY: 3:30 - 4:45 P.M
Lecture: Taverns, Vodka, and Everyday Life in the Shtetl
Book Signing: The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe

Brown Bag Lunch TalkTUESDAY: 12:15 -1:00 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Rediscovering Jewish Music: S. Ansky and his expedition to the Pale of Jewish Settlement in Russia

WEDNESDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Jewish Film Series: Zaytoun

THURSDAY: 12:15 -1:30 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch and Yiddish Conversation
with Charlie Shuman

WEEK 4: July 13 - July 19
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Levitt,
Washington Institute for Near East Policy

SUNDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Fill The Void PosterJewish Film Series: Fill The Void
Riveting story of contemporary ultra-Orthodox Heredi life in Israel and the many personal issues which may well be confronted. Portrays the extreme tension between duty and the heart. The gifted actors and female director, herself an Orthodox Jew, bring the story of marriage to life. Drama, multiple-award winner, Israel, Hebrew, subtitles, 90 minutes.

MONDAY: 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.
Lecture: Hezbollah and Iran's Strategic Partnership and What it Means for the Middle East and Beyond
Book Signing: Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God
Brown Bag Lunch Talk
TUESDAY: 12:15 - 1:00 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Hezbollah's Global Footprint: From Africa to North America and Points In Between

WEDNESDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Jewish Film Series: Fill The Void

THURSDAY: 12:15 - 1:30 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch and Yiddish Conversation
with Bernice Thaler

WEEK 5: July 20 - July 26
Speaker: Nancy Kaufman, National Council of Jewish Women


SUNDAY: 3:30 P.M.
The Roundup (La Rafle) PosterJewish Film Series: The Roundup (La Rafle)
Ground-breaking historical dramatic account of the French Vichy government's collaboration with Nazi Germany in France of 1942. 13,000 Parisian Jews, including 4,000 children, were rounded up by French police and confined under dreadful conditions prior to their final fate. This multiple award winning film has served to stir the conscience of those who have not acknowledged or were unaware of this shameful episode. Drama, multiple award winner, France, subtitles. 115 minutes.

MONDAY: 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.
Lecture:
Gender Equality in Israel: A Status Report
Brown Bag Lunch Talk
TUESDAY: 12:15 - 1:00 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: We were Slaves: Combating Modern Day Slavery

WEDNESDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Jewish Film Series: The Roundup (La Rafle)

THURSDAY: 12:15-1:30 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch and Yiddish Conversation
with Sol Messinger

WEEK 6: July 27 - August 2
Speaker: Alan Copperman, PEW Research Center


SUNDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Dolphin Boy PosterJewish Film Series: Dolphin Boy
An Israeli-Arab boy has been badly beaten up and is rendered mute. His doctor's unique attempt to cure: to send the boy south to Israel's Dolphinarium in Eilat to re-learn to speak, through his contact with dolphins. This Israeli team's commitment coupled with the boy's courage is an inspiring, factual tale. Documentary, Israel, Hebrew, subtitles. 72 minutes.

MONDAY: 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.
Lecture: What Does It Mean To 'Be Jewish' in America Today?

Brown Bag Lunch TalkTUESDAY: 12:15 - 1:00 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: The Polarization of American Religion

WEDNESDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Jewish Film Series: Dolphin Boy

 

 

WEEK 7: August 3 - August 9
Speaker: Dr. Laurence Silberstein, Lehigh University


SUNDAY: 3:30 P.M.
The Other Son PosterJewish Film Series: The Other Son
Babies, switched at birth is not news. What makes this saga problematic is the age and ethnicity of the babies. One, a Palestinian-Muslim teen, the other, an Israeli-Jewish teen. Each is faced with coping with his new self. An audience favorite at film festivals. Drama, France, subtitles. 105 minutes.


MONDAY: 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.
Lecture: Living Jewishness As Secular Culture: The 19th Century Legacy of Ahad Haam

Brown Bag Lunch TalkTUESDAY: 12:15 - 1:00 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: The Multiple Becomings
of Jewishness in The Twenty First Century

WEDNESDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Jewish Film Series: The Other Son

THURSDAY:12:15-1:30 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch and Yiddish Conversation
with Bernice Thaler

WEEK 8: August 10 - August 16
Speaker: Ambassador/Dr. Yosef Neville Lamden, International Institute
For Jewish Genealogy And Paul Jacob Center


SUNDAY:
3:30 P.M.
Life in Stills PosterJewish Film Series:
Life in Stills
Miriam, 96 years old, is preparing to fight for her rights. Her devoted grandson, Ben, commits to help save her photo gallery on Allenby Street in Tel Aviv from demolition. Photo archives precious to the state of Israel are stored and are available for sale there. Documentary, multi-award winner, Israel, English. 58 minutes.

MONDAY: 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.
Lecture: Why Jewish Genealogy?

Brown Bag Lunch TalkTUESDAY: 12:15 - 1:00 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Pope Francis,
the Jews and Israel

WEDNESDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Jewish Film Series:
Life in Stills

THURSDAY: 12:15 -1:30 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch and Yiddish Conversation
with Charlie Shuman and Bernice Thaler

WEEK 9: August 17 - August 23
Speaker: Matthew Goodman, author

SUNDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Hava Nagila PosterJewish Film Series: Hava Nagila
Have you ever partaken in a Jewish *simcha? If so, you might sing along with this musical travelogue! Learn how this one song inserted itself into the musical history of the Jewish people. From Eastern Europe's *shtetls to today's suburban America, learn how all walks of life have come to laud this joyful piece of music. Documentary, USA,
Multi-Award winner. 73 minutes.

MONDAY: 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.
Lecture: You Are What You Ess: A Social History of Jewish Food
Brown Bag Lunch Talk
TUESDAY: 12:15 - 1:00 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: The Rise and Fall
of the Bagel

WEDNESDAY: 3:30 P.M.
Jewish Film Series: Hava Nagila

The Jewish Film Series was Co-Founded by Carol N. Hirsh & Margery Gootnick ע״ה in 2009. The first full film series was presented to Chautauqua audiences in the 2010 season. This season's films were curated and previewed by Carol Hirsh & Elliot Fix. The film summaries were written by Carol, and the introductions which precede each film were written by Elliot. We thank them for their effort.