Louise Steinman: The Crooked Mirror: In Search of Nameless Ancestors and Polish-Jewish Reconciliation
November 13, 2016
American Jewish University, Sperber Library, Los Angeles CA
The Crooked Mirror: In Search of Nameless Ancestors and Polish-Jewish Reconciliation Speaker: Louise Steinman When Louise Steinman was growing up, her mother could scarcely utter the word “Poland,” a country, she had taught her daughter that allowed and perhaps abetted the genocide that decimated Europe’s Jewish population. But in 2000, at the invitation of her Zen rabbi, Steinman set out to attend an international Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau. As she travels to Poland and visits her grandparents’ town of Radomsko, whose eighteen thousand Jews were deported or shot during the Nazi occupation, she gradually learns the history of Polish-Jewish [...]
December 11, 2016
University Synagogue, a Jewish congregation, Los Angeles CA
Hanukkah party at University Synagogue. Latkes and showing of the film, “Schmatta: From Rags to Riches to Rags” on 100 years of the garment industry in NYC. Film showing courtesy of HBO. Veteran filmmaker Mark Levin looks at the past and present of New York's garment district, from its heyday as a base for immigrant labor and unions to its recent decline.