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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Holocaust Museum to screen restored Yiddish film

November 15, 2017

The next film in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be the St. Louis premiere of “A Brivele der Mamen” (A Letter to Mother), screening at 1 p.m. Nov. 26 in the Holocaust Museum’s theater at the Jewish Federation building,...

In July 16, the Jewish Film Festival will screen a documentary about Hans and Margret Rey (pictured), the creators of Curious George. Photo: Penny Stearns Palmer

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival plans summer events

July 6, 2017

The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival continues its 22nd year with two upcoming events at the Jewish Community Center’s Mirowitz Performing Arts Building.At 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16, the festival will screen “Monkey Business: The Curious Adventures of...

HMLC to screen ‘Phoenix’

June 15, 2017

The next film in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be“Phoenix,” screening at 1 p.m. June 25 in the Holocaust Museum’s theatre in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. A brilliant performance...

Lynn Cohen (left) stars in the comedy, ’The Pickle Recipe.’

Sweet and enjoyable ‘Recipe’ overcomes imperfections

Ellen Futterman, Editor June 1, 2017

Divorced dad Joey Miller is in a pickle. The DJ king of the Jewish party circuit in Detroit, Joey’s equipment gets trashed in a freak accident, leaving him broke and without a source of income. What’s worse is that Joey’s daughter and apple of his...

‘Bang: The Bert Berns Story’ looks at the life of Bert Berns, a songwriter and record producer from the 1960s whose hits included Twist and Shout,” Hang On Sloopy,” Here Comes The Night and Piece Of My Heart. 

Songwriter, producer of top ’60s hits is focus of documentary

By Eric Berger, Staff writer June 1, 2017

When you listen to songs like “Are You Lonely For Me Baby?” and “Cry Baby,” you are getting a sense of legendary songwriter and music producer Bert Berns’ sadness, according to the famous musicians interviewed in a new documentary, “Bang!...

‘Ben-Gurion, Epilogue’ features previously unreleased interview footage of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. 

Israel’s founding father lives again in rediscovered interview

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus June 1, 2017

Suppose archeologists in Israel come across a scroll that contains a detailed interview with King David written by his official scribe. Such a discovery would of course dwarf the Dead Sea Scrolls as the most sensational Jewish find of the century, indeed...

Nelly Tagar (left) and Joy Rieger star in ‘Past Life’ as sisters in late-1970s Jerusalem who investigate a taboo topic: the mystery of their difficult father’s experiences in Poland during the Holocaust. 

Complex Holocaust mystery comes to light in ‘Past Life’

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light June 1, 2017

“Past Life” is a tense and moving Israeli mystery based on a true story about a Holocaust survivor and his two daughters.Directed by award-winning Israeli writer/director Avi Nesher, the film begins in 1977. The younger daughter, Sephi Milch (Joy...

‘On the Map’ tells the against-all- odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Basketball Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Photo: Israel’s Government Press Office. 

‘On the Map’ replays David vs. Ivan hoop miracle

By Larry Levin, Special to the Jewish Light June 1, 2017

“On the Map,” a film about the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv team that won basketball’s European Championship, could just as easily have been named “The Tal Brody Story” or “Miracle on Hardwood.”The first alternative title is appropriate because...

Tawfeek Barhum stars in “A Borrowed Identity,” one of two Israeli films featured at the 10th annual Israeli Film Festival. 

TI hosts 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival

May 11, 2017

Congregation Temple Israel will host its 10th annual Israeli Film Festival on Sunday, May 21. From 3:30 to 8 p.m., guests can enjoy two Israeli films and Israeli-style cuisine during intermission, and are welcome to attend one film or stay for both. At...

Documentary offers behind the scenes look at peace process

May 11, 2017

The Jewish Film Society will screen the documentary “Back Door Channels”  at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at the Jewish Community Center’s Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. The film is about the interplay between the official government...

Jessica Chastain as Antonina Zabinski in ‘The Zookeepers Wife.’  Photo: Anne Marie Fox/Focus Features

Advance screening of ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ to benefit the J

March 22, 2017

In response to the recent bomb threats made against Jewish institutions around the nation, including the Jewish Community Center in St. Louis, Focus Features will offer an advance screening of its new film, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” as a way to bring...

U.S. premiere of ‘Judgment in Hungary’ to screen at Holocaust Museum

March 15, 2017

The March film in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be “Judgment in Hungary,” screening at 1 p.m. on March 26 in the Holocaust Museum’s theatre in Jewish Federation building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Filmmaker...

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