Date(s) - December 17, 2023
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stacey Ravel Abarbanel & Jeff Swimmer
ANNUAL CHANUKAH PARTY and FILM at Beth Chayim Chadashim Synagogue
\ Los Angeles, CA 90049
Chanukah buffet starts at 2:00. Program and movie begins at 2:30 followed by a panel discussion.
RSVP is requested to help estimate food and seating.
JGSLA MEMBERS FREE and GUESTS $5.00. This is a great opportunity to bring friends to learn about JewishGen and get into the holiday spirit. The film will be Unraveling
Film – Unraveling, a documentary about Stacey Ravel Abarbanel’s search to uncover the truth about her grandfather, Sam Ravel, and Pancho Villa, who raided Columbus, New Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. While scholars have long debated why Villa attacked the village, one rumor persists: he was angry at Ravel—a Jewish immigrant and local merchant—over an arms deal gone wrong. Panel discussion after the film.
Stacey Ravel Abarbanel, the writer and producer of UNRAVELING and a consultant for museums and other arts/cultural organizations. From 2002–14 she was director of external affairs for the Fowler Museum at UCLA, after ten years in arts-related publishing at Getty Publications and Architectural Digest. In addition to her consulting practice, her award-winning writings about art, culture, and history have appeared in Alta, Smithsonian, UCLA Magazine, Zócalo Public Square, and other outlets. In 2019 her essay on this odyssey to understand the family lore about her grandfather and Villa was published in the Tablet Magazine.
Jeff Swimmer is a professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts where he teaches documentary and leads international documentary programs. The author of Documentary Case Studies: Behind The Scenes of the Greatest (True) Stories Ever Told (Bloomsbury, 2015), he is an award-winning writer and producer whose programs have aired on numerous outlets including BBC, PBS, NBC News, HBO, A&E, and CNN. He wrote and produced The Sinking of the Andrea Doria for PBS’s Secrets of the Dead series (2006), and directed, produced, and wrote Can Animals Predict Disaster? for the PBS series Nature (2005). His 2015 film A Golden State of Mind: The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser has aired on PBS affiliates nationwide.