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Screening with Filmmakers
March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Through a partnership with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, Elms College will host a screening of Raise the Roof on Tuesday, March 20, in Alumnae Library Theater at 7 p.m. A panel discussion will include filmmakers Yari and Cary Wolinsky, Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, and Elms Professor of Social Work Scott Hartblay. It will be moderated by Martin Pion, director of the Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies at Elms College.
The film documents how, inspired by images of the magnificent wooden synagogues of 18th century Poland – the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis – Boston artists Rick and Laura Brown set out to reconstruct a replica of the stunning, mural-covered Gwoździec synagogue. Working with a team of 300 artisans and students from around the world, using only period hand tools and techniques, the Browns finally realized their dream. In 2014, the show-stopping reconstruction of the Gwoździec synagogue roof was unveiled as the centerpiece of the new POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw. Beautiful to behold and buttressed by traditional Klezmer melodies, Raise the Roof is an inspiring story of how combined talents in art and science brought back to life an artifact lost to history.
Panel discussion with filmmakers Yari and Cary Wolinsky, Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, and Elms College Professor Scott Hartblay. Moderated by Martin Pion, Director of the Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies at Elms College.
This event is free for Elms students and faculty. $10 general admission, $8 seniors (65+). Tickets and more info at pvjff.org.