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Jewish Studies

The Program of Jewish Studies is generously sponsored by Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary.
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Our Jewish Studies classes inspire learners from all knowledge levels and backgrounds looking to add meaning and purpose to their everyday lives. We offer classes with master teachers to help you gain a better understanding of ancient texts or today’s headlines, with classes in Torah and Talmud, Jewish Film and History, Archaeology and current events. Join our community of learners to connect with our tradition and learn how it relates to us today.

  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: The Nazi Officer's Wife

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: The Nazi Officer's Wife

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of The Nazi Officer's Wife. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! Explores the extraordinary life of Holocaust survivor Edith Hahn Beer, who escapes the Holocaust by living as a non-Jew in Munich, marrying a Nazi and raising an Aryan family. Read More

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  • Holocaust Film & Discussion Series: Labyrinth of Lies (Germany)

    Holocaust Film & Discussion Series: Labyrinth of Lies (Germany)

    This film exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II. In 1958, the war has been over for thirteen years and the Federal Republic of Germany is booming. But where are the Nazis? This film opens our eyes to the ways in which we allow ourselves to forget events that we find too painful to acknowledge. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Body and Soul: An American Bridge

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Body and Soul: An American Bridge

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues! Join us for a screening of Body and Soul: An American Bridge. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! The story of one of the most popular songs in the jazz repertoire, this film illustrates the complex musical interplay between Jewish and African-American cultures. Winner of the Best Music Documentary award at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, it is a tribute to the enduring power of song to break down barriers and unite disparate peoples. Read More

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  • Holocaust Film & Discussion Series: La Rafle (The Roundup)

    Holocaust Film & Discussion Series: La Rafle (The Roundup)

    This film recounts the true story of the infamous Vel'd'Hiv Roundup of July, 1942, in Paris. During this mass arrest by French police, 13,000 Jews, including more than 4,000 children, were sent to the Velodrome d'hiver, an indoor bicycle stadium, held under inhumane conditions, and the deported to Auschwitz. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues! Join us for a screening of Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! An iconic New York institution and a fifth generation family business, the Streit's factory and the Streit family itself have long held firmly to tradition, churning flour and water into matzos through ovens as old as the factory itself. The film is a story of tradition, of resistance and resilience, and a celebration of a family whose commitment to their heritage and to their employees is inspiring proof that the family that bakes together, stays together. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Sustainable Nation

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Sustainable Nation

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues! Join us for a screening of Sustainable Nation. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! Millions of people around the world lack clean, safe drinking water. The world's water crisis is killing more people than war. Idealistic "Water Revolutionaries" from Israel are using technology, innovation, know-how – and guts – to save water and save lives. Through systematic water resource management and a holistic approach to sustainability, Israelis have become trailblazers in global water technology. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Welcome to Kutshers: The Last Catskills Resort

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Welcome to Kutshers: The Last Catskills Resort

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues! Join us for a screening of Welcome to Kutshers: The Last Catskills Resort. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! As the famed Catskills resorts decline, this film provides unprecedented eye-witness documentation of Kutsher's from its 100th anniversary season through the next seven years until the hotel is sold and demolished in 2014. The story of Kutsher's is a uniquely American, previously unexplored story of the modern Jewish experience. Read More

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