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Jews in Suspense

Posted on February 7, 2018

OJMCHE is pleased to launch another film series curated by film historian Ygal Kaufman. Jews in Suspense kicks off on March 6th. We sat down with Ygal when we launched the series with the Many Funny Faces of the Jewish People and you can visit that interview here; Jews in Suspense is a series of films created by and starring some of Hollywood's greatest Jewish artists, all featuring the theme of pursuit. The films all feature Jewish stars in some form of pursuit; be it literal (Charade) or romantic (Scarlet Street) or obsessive (he Strange Love of Martha Iver). All three films are directed by titans of Jewish direction and feature legendary Jewish actors. They all feature an assortment of Jewish creative virtuosos as well, including writers, producers and cinematographers, whose works have been celebrated for decades. All films are presented with historical introduction from series curator, Ygal Kaufman, as well as newsreels, cartoons and other ephemera from each screening's original year of release. Click to continue »


The Wolloch “Holocaust Haggadah”

Posted on January 24, 2018

A numbered edition of the beautiful and moving Wolloch Pessach Haggadah In Memory of the Holocaust, a recent donation to OJMCHE’s collections, will be on display in our upcoming exhibition in the East Gallery. This unique manuscript, “infused with hope and compassion,” features full-page illustrations by American artist David Wander and illuminated calligraphy by Rabbi Yonah Weinrib. It was commissioned by Zygfryd and Helene Wolloch in memory of their parents who died in the Holocaust. After being completed in 1984, it was published in bound-book form for the benefit of Yad Vashem. Copies of the original portfolio, containing 59 hand-printed pages, have been presented to major libraries and collections of Judaica. Click to continue »


Director's Statement

Posted on January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King and Anne Frank were both born in 1929, barely six months apart. Anne Frank died in 1945 of typhus in Bergen Belson at age 15 and Martin Luther King was shot in Memphis in 1968. Today they would have been 89 years old. Both lived in a period where racism was ubiquitous. For Anne Frank and her family the enactment in 1935 of the Nuremberg Laws, which excluded German Jews from citizenship and prohibited them from marrying Germans institutionalized what was already a world filled with anitisemetic propaganda. Martin Luther King’s world wasn’t all that different – as a black man in the south he was unable to vote, he was segregated in schools, restaurants, on busses and other public accommodations.

As we reflect on the meaning of their lives and work we can look to the words of former Anti Defamation League National Director and Holocaust survivor Abraham Foxman,“In our work over the last 100 years, and particularly in the aftermath of the Holocaust and other incidents of hate, we have always asked the question, ‘What if?’ What if America had been a more tolerant and welcoming society? What if more people had stood up to defy Hitler? What kind of world could we imagine for our children and grandchildren if more people stood up to say ‘no’ to racism, bigotry, prejudice and antisemitism.” Click to continue »


The Story Behind The Many Funny Faces of the Jewish People
By Debra Shein

Posted on November 13, 2017

Recently, we chatted with film historian Ygal Kaufman to find out more about The Many Funny Faces of the Jewish People, a lively and fascinating film series he has put together especially for OJMCHE. The series features four mid-twentieth-century classics that highlight the artistry of Jewish directors, producers, actors, writers, and others, and prompt us to examine the nature of their many and various contributions to the evolution of comedy in film. Each feature-length movie is being accompanied by short subjects from the year of its release. Kaufman will be on hand to provide an intriguing introduction that explores the background of the film and its relation to cinematic history. Click to continue »


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