Join a group of community members who meet to discuss a book that they have read and express their opinions, likes, dislikes, and more.
Take our recommendation of two ‘off the beaten path’ films to watch at home at your leisure, and then join us to share your review.
Hosted in TBDJ's ZOOM Social Hall.
Monday, December 14, 2020
The Choice: Embrace the Possible
Dr. Edith Eva Eger; 2017
At the age of sixteen, Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele, forced Edie to dance for his amusement and her survival. Edie was pulled from a pile of corpses when the American troops liberated the camps in 1945. hirty-five years after the war ended, she returned to Auschwitz and was finally able to fully heal and forgive the one person she’d been unable to forgive—herself.
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Monday, February 22, 2021
2011; 1:47; Hebrew with English subtitles
Brimming with dry Jewish humour and absurdist comedy set pieces that would make Larry David envious, Footnote is an intelligent gem. Eliezer and his son Uriel are both professors of Talmud at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. When Uriel wins a prestigious scholarly prize instead of his father, long-festering jealousy and wounded pride threaten to upend their familial bond. You’ll never look at talmudic scholars the same way again.
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Monday, January 11, 2021
2017; 1:31; Hungarian with English subtitles
This gripping drama – a hit at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival – feels both solemn and brisk. When two Orthodox Jews, a father and his young adult son, arrive in a small Hungarian town carrying a mysterious trunk, nearby villagers are naturally suspicious. Set weeks after the end of the Second World War and shot in stark black and white, 1945 is an engaging, endlessly surprising slow burn.
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Monday, March 22, 2021
The Dawning of the Day: A Jerusalem Tale
Rabbi Haim Sabato; 2006
Ezra Siman Tov is a simple storyteller who captivates his friends in the Nachlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem. His professor brother-in-law gives him grudging respect, Torah scholars listen to him surreptitiously, and a famous author bases his work on his tales. But Ezra has a secret that overshadows his family life and refuses to leave him. In this colorful novel, Sabato creates a world in which faith provides a framework and a deep source of comfort in life.