Documentary Films Continue at Jewish Community Center

Jul 25, 2017

“There Are Jews Here” is the third in a series of documentary films being presented at the Jewish Community Center of LBI, 2411 Long Beach Blvd., Spray Beach. The movie will be screened on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

The 90-minute documentary is an intimate look at four once-thriving American Jewish communities now fighting for survival.

“We witness the closing of the synagogue through the story of a longtime member who kept the doors open long enough for the bat mitzvah of the shul’s oldest member’s granddaughter. We meet a woman who tries to maintain her community while struggling with her personal health. A young interfaith couple is torn between reviving their fading community or moving to a thriving one nearby that can nurture the spiritual growth of their young family. And we meet a family who takes up a town’s bold offer to provide Jews up to $50,000 to relocate to its Jewish community,” said a press release announcing the film.

The film also includes the story of the Latrobe Synagogue in Pennsylvania, from which the JCC of LBI purchased two torahs. Although the physical synagogue closed, the torahs and the spirit of the Latrobe synagogue live on in the JCC of LBI. And so the loss to one community becomes a gain to another.

The purchase of one torah was funded by JCC of LBI members Paula and Howard Hait, who will be honored along with their family at the screening. The second torah purchase was underwritten by the family of the late Rhoda and Bernard Herman, long time members of the congregation. Past JCC President Don Pripstein will speak of his experience at the Latrobe Synagogue.

The evening is open to the public without reservations. A $5 donation is suggested. For information call 609-492-4090.

The schedule for the remaining documentaries that will screen in September and October may be found on the website jccoflbi.org. —M.S.

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