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Sunday, June 4, 10:00 AM – 

In celebration of Israel’s 75th anniversary, this combined book-and-film series will provide an opportunity to watch short documentary films about prominent Israeli authors, and also to read one of their defining works. Then, via Zoom, engage in insightful discussions with facilitator and educator Rachel Korazim. This amazing opportunity to celebrate Israel through its authors will surely make Israel’s momentous birthday a meaningful one.

In this powerful novel by one of Israel’s most prominent writers, Momik, the only child of Holocaust survivors, grows up in the shadow of his parents’ history. Determined to exorcise the Nazi “beast” from their shattered lives and prepare for a second holocaust he knows is coming, Momik increasingly shields himself from all feeling and attachment. But through the stories his great-uncle tells him―the same stories he told the commandant of a Nazi concentration camp―Momik, too, becomes “infected with humanity.”

Facilitator: Rachel Korazim is a Jewish education consultant specializing in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education. Born in Israel, she served as an IDF officer in the central training base for women and was later a member of the IDF delegation to the country of Niger (West Africa). She is a graduate of Haifa University with a Ph.D. in Jewish education. She is involved with Jewish education worldwide. Since 1990, she has invested time and energy in helping emerging Jewish schools of Hungary.

This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To register for this film discussion, click here.

Please consider joining us for our remaining “Celebrating Israel at 75” book-and-film discussions:

May/June: David Grossman (1954 – )
Film: Grossman (2021) will be available to stream from April 17 – May 7, 2023.
The discussion will be on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 10:00 AM. | Click here to register.

Book: See Under: Love (2002)
The discussion will be on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 10:00 AM. | Click here to register.

Co-sponsored by Temple Beth El, Sinai Temple, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Jewish Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, and the Springfield JCC