30 2024

Antisemitism in America on Film

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

Temple Sinai 363 Penfield Road
Rochester, NY 14625
5853816890 office@tsinai.org

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The Adult Education Committee is pleased to present a three movie series of Hollywood films depicting antisemitism in America. The films will be shown on consecutive Tuesday evenings, January 30, February 6, and February 13 at 7:00 in the Temple Sinai Youth Lounge. The host for these events will be Temple member Mel Yessenow.

The three films are:
1. School Ties (1992). A star athlete is recruited from the gritty urban streets by an elite boarding school so as to increase their record of winning football games and to certainly beat their arch rival. The young man is very bright and does very well in school. He believes this to be an opportunity to enable him to get into a good college. He is warmly greeted by his schoolmates when he arrives on campus and all goes well until the secret he and the administration has hidden is revealed...their football hero is Jewish. Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell and Ben Affleck star.

2. Crossfire (1947). Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum, and Robert Young star in this film noir thriller about a soldier who kills a Jewish man he does not know and works hard to get his buddies to go along with his made-up story of what happened. The motive for the killing is not immediately obvious but the detective on the case begins to suspect that the soldier's antisemitic belief system may be at play.

3. Gentlemen's Agreement (1948). Gregory Peck stars in this Academy Award winning story about a newly hired magazine reporter who is given an assignment to write an expose' about antisemitism in America. He comes up with the idea of pretending to be a Jew and seeing if he can experience what it is like to be the target of antisemitism. Also starring in this film are John Garfield and Dorothy McGuire.

Discussion well follow each film. Refreshments will be served.

This event is free to attend, but registration is required: https://www.tsinai.org/form/adultedfilms