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Uptown Jewish Film 2021 
3 Great Films and 4 Great Speakers

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Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:30PM EST

“A Spy Behind Home Plate” (2019)

Morris Moe Berg was an enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player turned spy. Berg caught and fielded in the major leagues during baseball's Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s, but very few people know that Berg also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), spying in Europe and playing a prominent role in America's efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during WWII.
Featuring Q&A with Professor Jeffrey Gurock, Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University and former chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society

Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST

“By the Grace of Heaven” (2021)

Less than 20 minutes from Tel Aviv, the city of Bnei Brak is Israel’s ninth largest, with a quarter-million residents and, in effect, the capital of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community. When the virus erupted in Bnei Brak in April 2020, a complete closure was imposed on the city. The mayor, Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein, went into solitary confinement after his wife was infected with coronavirus, while setting up a dedicated emergency headquarters under the command of IDF Retired Major General, Roni Numa, who, together with other reserve officers, took control over the blockaded city. All of this happened just days before Passover, requiring the ultra-Orthodox community — with its diverse Hasidic, Lithuanian, and Sephardic sects — to immediately adapt to the realities of holiday life, in the shadow of coronavirus and the subsequent city closure, isolation, and curfew. Suddenly, as only in Israel can happen, the ultra-Orthodox religious community joined forces with soldiers and army commanders to meet the challenges imposed upon them.


Featuring Q&A with Yariv Mozer, Film Director and Major, Israeli Reserves


Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 7:30PM EST

“The Rabbi Goes West” (2013)

Yes, there are Jews in Montana!

THE RABBI GOES WEST, a 78-minute documentary, tells the story of Chabad emissary, ("shliach"), Rabbi Chaim Bruk, who moved from Brooklyn to Bozeman, Montana with his wife Chavie Bruk to bring traditional Judaism to the American west.


Part of his mission is to place a mezuzah, an encased prayer offering, on the doorpost of every Montana Jew. That’s less than 2,000 families spread across a state fourteen times larger than Israel.

As he travels across this “big sky” landscape, Chaim confronts a terrifying neo-Nazi threat. He also faces objections from some skeptical Jews and the state’s rabbis, both Reform and Conservative.


Featuring Q&A with Film Directors, Amy Geller and Gerlad Peary

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