• Yom HaShoah / Holocaust Remembrance Day Service and Film: “Never Forget to Lie” on Sunday, April 7

    Posted ‍‍כד ניסן ה תשעג - April 4, 2013 By in Latest News, Lifelong Learning With | Comments Off

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    Yom HaShoah Service and Film Program

    Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 P.M.

    Featured film: Never Forget to Lie (USA, 2012, 55 min.)

    [English & Polish with English Subtitles, Directed by Marian Marzynski]

    Over the course of his 50-year career, filmmaker Marian Marzynski has occasionally turned his cameras on himself and his story of surviving the Holocaust, which claimed the life of his father and millions of other European Jews.

    In his latest film, Marzynski returns to Poland and the Jewish ghettos of his childhood. But this time, he is not alone. In Never Forget to Lie, Marzynski chronicles the poignant, painful recollections of other child survivors. The film rescues haunting pieces of the past while exploring the conflicting feelings about national, cultural, and religious identity that mark many survivors.

    “The Holocaust story has been told by others; this is our turn,” Marzynski says. “In our old bodies, we are still children.” In this film, he explores his own wartime childhood and the experiences of other child survivors, teasing out their feelings about Poland, the Catholic Church, and the ramifications of identities forged under circumstances where survival began with the directive “never forget to lie.”

    Marzynski began his 40-year career as a journalist and popular television show host in Poland. A wry observer of life and a pioneer of European cinéma-vérité, Marzynski, has worked alongside Roman Polanski and taught many American filmmakers including Gus Van Sant. In addition to his landmark documentary Shtetl, Marzynski’s films include Settlement, and dozens of films broadcast on PBS’s Frontline and European TV.

    The FJC is one of select locations, including the Museum of Jewish Heritage (NYC) and the Coolidge Corner Cinema, where the film will be aired before it is aired on Frontline in late April. Learn more about the film at: Google the film to find radio interviews (NPR’s “Here and Now”) and press articles and interviews (Boston Globe, April 2012; Jewish Advocate, April 2012).

    is made available by the National Center for Jewish Film, housed at Brandeis University.

  • “Finding Miriam” at the FJC on Sunday afternoon, March 17 at 2pm

    Posted ‍‍ב אדר ב' ה תשעג - February 12, 2013 By in Latest News, Lifelong Learning With | Comments Off

    FINDING MIRIAM, a funny, inspiring and poignant one-woman show starring Joyce Friedman, is coming to the Falmouth Jewish Congregation on Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 P.M. Weaving storytelling, song, and puppetry, Joyce brings to life her journey of discovering her relationship with her great-grandmother Miriam and the Biblical Prophetess Miriam. The music for this one-act show draws on songs from the American songbook, Broadway and folk traditions. In her quest to make peace between her great-grandmother and a biblical prophet, Joyce captures the story of an entire generation of American Jewish women and leaves the audience – both women and men, young and old(er) – more connected with their own journeys through time.

    Followed by a dessert reception and Q & A with the artist.

    This performance is scheduled to fall just before Passover (since Miriam plays an important role in the Exodus story), but it provides lively entertainment throughout the year. Come enjoy the afternoon. Bring friends. This production is open to the public. There is no charge for members. Non-member tickets, available at the door, are $10.Joyce & Luciana pottery 001

    Learn more at

    Written and Performed by Joyce Miriam Friedman, with Doug Hammer on piano. Directed by Margie Zohn.

  • Soup-er Bowl Success!!

    Posted ‍‍טו כסלו ה תשעג - November 29, 2012 By in Latest News, Uncategorized With | Comments Off bowl of soup

    Soup-er Bowl Sunday 001Our first-ever Soup-er Bowl Sunday fundraiser for the Falmouth Service Center was a marvelous success, raising over $1,000 and bringing together people from throughout our community in supporting this effort. We teamed up with the Waquoit Congregational Church and served a hearty variety of soups–from classic chicken-noodle to Indian-spiced masala-chickpea–along with freshly baked breads.

    Participants were encouraged to take home the bowl from which they ate their soup as a reminder of the ongoing challenges of hunger in our community and our world. A number of artisan bowls, crafted by local potters and woodturners, were sold to raise additional funds for the Service Center.Soup-er Bowl Sunday 005

    Next year’s Soup-er Bowl Sunday is set for January 26, 2014!

  • Music at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation

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    Music plays a key role in worship in our congregation. We draw upon traditional and contemporary settings to enhance our connection to prayer . Once each month a musical ensemble (guitar [Elias Lieberman], accordion [Ted Jellinek], clarinet [Stan Elias], conga/percussion [Tony Scalisi] and voices [Pamela Rothstein, Wendy Nelson, Elias Lieberman]) provides music during our Shabbat service. “Boomer Shabbat”, which brings music of the 1960′s and ’70′s to our worship, is an annual congregational favorite.

    Rabbi Elias Lieberman is a guitarist and singer/songwriter. He has composed many contemporary folk/rock settings for Jewish liturgy, a number of which are incorporated into worship in the Falmouth Jewish Congregation. To listen to some of his compositions, click the following links:

    Barchu (Give Praise)

    Yedid nefesh


    Adom Olam (waltz)

    Ilu Finu

    Ahavat Olam

    Shabbat Shalom _ Lecha Dodi

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