• Kristallnacht Film Program Features “Surviving Skokie” on Thursday, November 9

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    Falmouth Jewish Congregation Hosts the Award-Winning Documentary “Surviving Skokie”

    A Free, Public Film Program and Brown Bag Lunch on November 9 to Commemorate Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass


    Falmouth Jewish Congregation invites the public to a free, public screening of the film Surviving Skokie, preceded by a brown bag lunch and followed by discussion. Both the lunch and film will take place on Thursday, November 9 at Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s Blanche and Joel D. Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road in East Falmouth. Bring a brown bag lunch begins at Noon (drinks and desserts provided) or come for the screening that begins at 12:30 P.M. The congregation prohibits pork and shellfish, so please do not include them in your lunch.


    This event commemorates Kristallnacht (November 9-10, 1938), the “Night of Broken Glass,” when shards of shattered glass lined German streets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence. At a time when hate crimes and hate speech are on the rise in the United States, we take time to mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht and, with the film as a springboard for our conversation, to explore and discuss how communities respond when citizens are threatened. As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum notes, “The events of Kristallnacht represented one of the most important turning points in National Socialist anti-Semitic policy. Historians have noted that after the pogrom, anti-Jewish policy was concentrated more and more concretely into the hands of the SS. Moreover, the passivity with which most German civilians responded to the violence signaled to the Nazi regime that the public was prepared for more radical measures. The Nazi regime expanded and radicalized measures aimed at removing Jews entirely from German economic and social life in the forthcoming years. The regime moved eventually toward policies of forced emigration, and finally toward the realization of a Germany “free of Jews” (judenrein) by deportation of the Jewish population “to the East.”


    Surviving Skokie, Best Documentary award winner at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, is an intensely personal documentary that explores the effects of a late 1970s threatened neo-Nazi march in Skokie, IL on its large Holocaust survivor population. Thousands of survivors comprised 10 percent of this Chicago suburb, including Jack, the father of co-producer, Eli Adler. These Skokie residents survived the horrors of the Holocaust and came to America to put the past behind. For decades they kept their awful memories secret, even from their children.  But their silence ended when a band of neo-Nazi thugs threatened to march in their quiet village of Skokie, Illinois “because that is where the Jews are.” The film captures how the relationship between father and son deepens as Jack and Ali return to Poland, where Eli learns more about the extended family that perished during the Shoah. Together they retrace the painful and debilitating journey through two ghettos and two concentration camps. Their joint trip enables them to view both the past and present with a fresh focus and comprehension

  • Jeremy Dauber: Jewish Book Council Author Talk on November 16 at 1pm (“Jewish Comedy: A Serious History”)

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    Jewish Book Council Author Talk by Jeremy Dauber: Jewish Comedy: A Serious History (Norton, October 31, 2017)

    Thursday, November 16 at 1:00 P.M.

    Free and Open to the Public / Books sold by Eight Cousins Bookstore

    “An erudite survey of the evolution and distinctiveness of Jewish humor. [Dauber] offers . . . a wide-ranging and insightful cultural analysis.” — Kirkus Reviews

    “In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, Jeremy Dauber shows that Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman are just the latest members of an ancient tradition of Jewish humor that stretches all the way back to the Bible. Writing with dazzling scholarly insight and in a style as appealing as his subject, Dauber reveals what made Jews laugh over the centuries. In doing so, he tells a crucial part of the story of Judaism.” — Adam Kirsch, author of The People and the Books

    FJC is delighted to welcome Jeremy Dauber just weeks after the publication of his already acclaimed study, a rich account of Jewish humor: its nature, its development, and its vital role throughout Jewish history.
    In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Columbia professor Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing the product of Jews’ comic imagination over continents and centuries into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy―including the satirical, the witty, and the vulgar―he traces the ways Jewish comedy has mirrored, and sometimes even shaped, the course of Jewish history. Persecution, cultural assimilation, religious revival, diaspora, Zionism―all of these, and more, were grist for the Jewish
    comic mill; and Dauber’s book takes readers on the tour of the funny side of some very serious business. (And vice versa.)
    In a work of dazzling scope, readers will encounter comic masterpieces here that range from Talmudic rabbi jokes to medieval skits, Yiddish satires and Borscht Belt routines to scenes from Seinfeld and Broad City, and the book of Esther to Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song.” Dauber also explores the rise and fall of popular comic archetypes such as the Jewish mother, the Jewish American Princess, and the schlemiel, the schlimazel, and the schmuck, and the classic works of such masters of Jewish comedy as Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Philip Roth, Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, and Larry David, among many others.

  • BELLA: A One-Woman Show with Vicki Summer on Saturday Night, November 18

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    Enjoy an evening of inspiring entertainment at FJC on Saturday night, November 18 by coming to see BELLA: An immigrant’s journey of resilience and courage, performed by Vicki Summers. A reception follows in Speen Hall.

    Proceeds will be split between FJC and All Hands Volunteers, a US-based (in Mattapoisett!) non profit dedicated to empowering disaster relief volunteers around the world.

    Tickets: $20 Congregation Members / $25 All others

    Reserve your ticket in advance by sending payment to the FJC office with memo “Bella.” Your name will be held on a reservation list at the door.


    Watch a trailer for the show at:

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    Falmouth Jewish Congregation Hosts the One-Woman Play “Bella,” an immigrant’s story of resilience and courage, featuring Vicki Summers

    Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 P.M. / Doors open at 7:00 P.M.


    Enjoy an evening of inspiring entertainment about the universal and timeless story of immigration in the one-woman play Bella at Falmouth Jewish Congregation on Saturday night, November 18 at 7:30 P.M. Bella: an immigrant’s journey of resilience and courage, will be performed by Vicki Summers, a longstanding member of the Cape Repertory Theater in Brewster and drama instructor at Riverview School. All are invited to a reception following the performance. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be divided between Falmouth Jewish Congregation and All Hands Volunteers, a Mattapoisett-based non-profit dedicated to empowering disaster relief volunteers around the world. Tickets, payable by cash or check, are $20 for members of the congregation and $25 for all others. Seating is limited, so arrive early or reserve your ticket in advance by sending payment to the FJC office with memo “Bella.” Your name will be held on a reservation list at the door.

    Bella, written and performed (in many roles) by Vicki Summers, tells the life story of Bella Indianer, Vicki’s grandmother. Bella survived the pogroms in her native Russia and later emigrated to America in 1920, where she married and raised a family. Her story is one of resilience, courage, humor and love, universal themes that all can relate to. Vicki’s goal in writing and performing Bella was to bring to life a the journey of a Jewish American immigrant, with all its challenges and rewards. But more importantly, Vicki’s mission is to encourage each of us to learn and record our own family stories so that they won’t get lost in time. The play includes a slideshow and Q & A with the performer, and is appropriate for both adults and tweens/teens, roughly age 13 and older – a play with truly multi-generational appeal.

    Vicki Summers is a talented professional actress who has performed for years at the Cape Repertory Theater in Brewster. Among her favorite roles are Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Molly in Molly Sweeny, Margie in Good People, and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie.



  • Jewish Ways to help After Hurricane Harvey

    Posted ‍‍ח אלול ה תשעז - August 30, 2017 By in Latest News, Special Event With | Comments Off 170828064026-62-hurricane-harvey-0826-super-169

    The following link provides helpful suggestions as to how we might respond, as members of Jewish communities, to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey:

  • Tea and Talk with Joan Burstyn: Growing Up as a Jew In London during World War II – on Thursday, August 10 at 3:30 P.M.

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    Growing Up As A Jew in London, England during World War II

    Come for a British Tea and Talk by FJC Member Joan Burstyn

    Thursday, August 10 at 3:30 P.M.

    We’ll serve tea and treats to honor Joan’s British heritage


    On August 10, 2017 at 3.30 p.m. FJC member Joan Burstyn will give a presentation titled “Growing Up in London, England during World War II.”

    As Joan ages, she realizes she has an important story to tell. Her parents had both been born in England during the first decade of the twentieth century, but when war broke out in Europe in 1939 her mother’s father still had a sister living in Poland, and cousins of her father lived in Germany. Joan will use photographs, newspaper articles, as well as her own poems and excerpts from her diary for 1944-45 to explore the effects of the war on her life. By focusing particularly on the effects of German air attacks on London in the Fall of 1940 and again during the Summer of 1944, Joan will examine ways that military warfare changed during that time, and the effects of those changes on herself and other unarmed British citizens. She will also discuss her family’s reactions to the persecution of Jews by the Nazis, and the effect on her, as a teen age Jew, of the revelations in 1944 of massacres in the concentration camps.




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