Film to highlight African-American/Jewish collaboration in creating 5300 Southern schools

Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation will begin their first Film Festival with the showing of “Rosenwald” on Sunday, November 3rd.  Two other films will complete the series, in December and January. 

Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears.  Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime. 

The Film Festival is free and is open to the public. All films will be shown at 37 Main Street, Southington, in the First Congregational Church, home to Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation. The film will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion, led by the congregation’s Rabbi, Alana Wasserman.

For more information, please call 860.276.9113 or visit the congregation’s Facebook event .

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