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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.

  • Holocaust Film & Discussion Series

    Holocaust Film & Discussion Series

    AJU's Whizin Center & the Sigi Ziering Institute and the Consulate Generals of France, Germany, Hungary and Poland present a major Holocaust related film series featuring The Zookeeper's Wife, Sunshine, Labyrinth of Lies and La Rafle (The Roundup). Following each film, Holocaust scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, will be in conversation with the respective Consul General. Read More

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  • Holocaust Film & Discussion Series: The Zookeeper's Wife (Poland)

    Holocaust Film & Discussion Series: The Zookeeper's Wife (Poland)

    This film tells the true story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939, in Poland, Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski, (Johan Heldenbergh) manage the Warsaw Zoo. They help to save the lives of hundreds living in the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonia putting herself and her children at great risk. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Portrait of Wally

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Portrait of Wally

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Portrait of Wally. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! Traces the history of famed artist Egon Schiele's portrait of his mistress from mid-century Vienna to the Museum of Modern Art in 1997. Read More

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  • Jews and Hollywood

    Jews and Hollywood

    Tracing the complicated relationship between Jewish immigrants and the movies they made. Since the turn of the 20th century, Jews have been involved in all aspects of filmmaking - but what did they think of their Judaism? In this fast-paced seminar, we will discuss Hollywood's shifting attitude about Jews, Judaism and Jewish identity by looking at the way Jews were (or were not) depicted on screen. Read More

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  • An Evening with Golda Meir

    An Evening with Golda Meir

    While conducting research for a biography of Golda Meir, Elinor Burkett longed to pose questions directly to Israel's near mythic Iron Lady. The author culled through hours of rare TV and film interviews, creating a virtual Q&A. Hear Golda in her own inimitable voice discuss war and peace, refugees, women's rights and Israel's relationship with America. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Hummus!

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Hummus!

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Hummus. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn and Hummus tasting! Hummus is a superfood with the power to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews together, and we meet them in this documentary from Israel. Enjoy a special Hummus tasting after the film to pick your favorite! Read More

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  • Holocaust Film & Discussion Series: Sunshine (Hungary)

    Holocaust Film & Discussion Series: Sunshine (Hungary)

    This film describes the fate of three-generations of a Hungarian Jewish family – originally Sonnenschein (German: “sunshine”), later changed to Sors (Hungarian: “fate”) – throughout the 20th century. The patriarch (Ralph Fiennes) becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions.  Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Klezmatics: On Holy Ground. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! Follows the Grammy winning band over three years, capturing their highs and lows and rousing scenes from their live concerts. Read More

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  • 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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