Program for the Arts
Live performance art expresses something that cannot be expressed any other way. Exposing ourselves to performance art results in us experiencing something new or seeing something we see everyday in a totally different light or from a different perspective. In short, performance art enriches our lives.While a performance itself is ephemeral, what we learn from it lasts a lifetime.
The Dortort Program For The Arts is designed to extend and deepen the theatrical experience. It’s a chance to totally immerse yourself in all this special medium has to offer.
This program is made possible through the generosity of Rose (L”Z) and David (L”Z) Dortort.
2014 LA Times History Book Prize Finalist
The Searchers – The Making of an American Legend
Film, Book Discussion and Signing
Glenn Frankel, who as Jerusalem bureau chief for The Washington Post, won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for “sensitive and balanced reporting from Israel and the Middle East,” investigates the true story behind this landmark western movie which was based on the actual 1836 kidnapping of nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker by the Comanches.
Parker was raised by the tribe, became the wife of a warrior, then 24 years after her capture, was reclaimed by the U.S. Calvary and Texas Rangers and restored to her white family, only to die in misery and obscurity. Her son became one of the last great Comanche warriors, and later an apostle of reconciliation between white people and Native Americans. Their story has been told and re-told over generations...it is a story of a woman, and later her son, searching for identity and community between two warring worlds.
“The Searchers endures as a great film of enormous scope and breathtaking physical beauty”
- Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic
This is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner
Hanna Bloch Kohner miraculously survived four concentration camps including Auschwitz. Hanna made history when, in 1953, she was featured on This Is Your Life, hosted by Ralph Edwards. Aired only eight years after the end of WWII, this show brought the horrors and devastating losses of the Holocaust into the homes of American families for the first time on national television, setting a precedent for the power of reality TV.
Following the screening of This Is Your Life, Julie Kohner, CEO and Founder of Voices of the Generations and Hanna’s daughter, will share her family’s story, artifacts and take questions from the audience. The program will conclude with book signing of Hanna’s and her husband Walter’s autobiography, Hanna and Walter A Love Story.
Julie Kohner has been a Jewish educator for over 30 years, with a master’s degree in educational counseling. After Julie’s mother, Hanna, passed away in 1990, Julie created a program that would teach the history of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of her mother. This was the beginning of Voices of the Generations a unique and personal approach to Holocaust education. For more information visit www.vogcharity.org