Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival

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This Fall & Winter join us for Saratoga Jewish Community Arts...


Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

The true story of a Brooklyn based, Syrian Jewish family in the 60’s who fail to comprehend and cope with mental health and loss. The story of one young son who is caught between pursing his dream and staying devoted to his family that is afflicted with the enigma of mental illness. Dessert reception to follow. $5 per person, students free with ID. For more info and to RSVP call 518-584-8730 opt. 2 or email [email protected].


Wilson Chapel, Skidmore (815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs)

The telling of stories is the way we share historical happenings and create a cultural history. Storytelling has been a means of defining the Jewish identity, the ethnic distinctiveness as a Jew. Storytelling is not just a reading or recitation of a story. Stories help us feel and think and open us up to new worlds and new understandings. Listening to stories can connect us to the past, to each other, to deeper parts of ourselves, and to the vast possibilities that life can hold. $10 adults, $5 Children under 13. For information or reservations, call 518-584-8730, option 2.  [email protected]

Nov. 3 @ 7pm - AHEAD OF TIME

Temple Sinai (509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs)

For seven decades foreign correspondent and photojournalist Ruth Gruber didn’t just report the news…she made it. Born in Brooklyn in 1911 to Russian Jewish immigrants she defied tradition becoming the world’s youngest PhD at 20, authored 19 books, reported from the Soviet Artic, escorted Holocaust refugees on a secret war-time mission, and stunned the world with dispatches from the Palestine-bound ship Exodus in 1947.  A $5.00 donation is requested. For information or reservations, call 518-584-8730, option 2.  [email protected]

March 8 @ 7pm - 1945

Temple Sinai (509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs)

A remote Hungarian town in August 1945 notes the arrival of two Orthodox Jews. Why are they there? Paranoia runs rampant. While there have been many films about the Holocaust, there are few about the immediate aftermath when greed and material gain from the Jewish people’s demise was pervasive. Director Ference Torok captures this often overlooked moment in history where one town’s actions become a metaphor for the moral decay of the whole country. $5 per person. For more info and to RSVP call 518-584-8730 opt. 2 [email protected].

Dec. 2 @ 7pm - BACK TO BERLIN

Temple Sinai (509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs)

In 2015 11 motor cyclists travel from Israel to German as they recreate the mission of the original 1931 bikers who rode through Europe to recruit players for the 1936 Maccabi Games, the first Jewish Olympics on German Soil. Flying the Israeli flag and carrying the Maccabiah torch from Athens to Berlin, they trace the horrifying events of the Holocaust through nine countries. For information or reservations, call 518-584-8730 opt. 2, or email [email protected].

April 20 @ 7pm - FANNY'S JOURNEY

Skidmore College (815N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs)

In 1943 Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. Once the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. They are suddenly left alone Fanny leads the 11 to reach the freedom of the Swiss border. A film that brings the history of the period in a way that is manageable to a younger generation. Based on a true story. Panel Discussion and Dessert Reception to follow. $5 donation requested. For information or reservations, call 518-584-8730, option 2.  [email protected]


Temple Sinai (509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY)

The story of Regina Jonas (1902-1944) who made history by becoming the first officially ordained woman rabbi in the world. Daughter of an orthodox Jewish peddler, her sermons brought encouragement to the persecuted German Jews. She and her husband were both deported to Theresienstadt….only their love letters survive. $5 suggested donation. For information or reservations, call 518-584-8730 opt. 2 or [email protected]


Temple Sinai (509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY)

The beautiful Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood icon famous for play scandalous roles, but she was much more including ignored, misunderstood and uncredited. She was the trophy wife of a weapons manufacturer for Hitler until her escape to America and the creation of brilliant inventions for the Allies in WWII including a secure radio guidance system for torpedoes. $5 suggested donation. For information or reservations, call 518-584-8730 opt. 2 or [email protected].

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