Film Screening

Film Screening: The Lion of Judah

Join the 3GNY community and the Birthright Alumni/JEC community for a screening of the special documentary, The Lion of Judah.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. – Film, 8:30 p.m. – Q&A Movie begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Please arrive a few minutes early.Cost: $11 per ticket. Purchase tickets HERE. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support future JEC/Birthright Alumni Community trips to Poland.Location: Quad Cinema 34 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011

The documentary film "The Lion of Judah," was inspired by the Jewish Enrichment Center's (JEC) Birthright Alumni Community 2010 trip to Poland and Prague. This award-winning film follows Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman as he travels with JEC participants back to Auschwitz, bravely sharing the horrors he endured during the war. The film not only recounts Leo's experience during humanity's darkest period, but it also shines a light on the next generation of Jews, and what all of us can do to make sure history never repeats itself. Learn more about the film and view the trailer.

There will be a special Q&A tailored for a 3G audience following the film, which will include Director Matt Mindell, Producer Joe Kavitski, and potentially some participants from the trip.

For more information, please email

“I am Carrying the Holocaust in my Pocket” Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

 “I am Carrying the Holocaust in my Pocket” documentary screening & panel discussion with Producer & Director, Dr. Rivka Bekerman-Greenberg

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 7pm-9pm

JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th St., New York, NY 10023

Event ticket: $36 per person — Purchase Event Ticket here

“I am Carrying the Holocaust in my Pocket” is a 1-hour documentary based on a ten-week therapy group for grandchildren of survivors led by Dr. Rivka Bekerman-Greenberg, a psychoanalyst and child of survivors, during the winter and spring of 2011. The film portrays the multiple voices of four third-generation women — a writer, dancer, singer and social work student — who speak candidly about their grandparents’ stories of trauma and survival, and the impact it had on their lives. The interviews are interwoven with clips taken from the women’s art.

Psychological Trauma and the Transmission of Trauma

January 27, 2011 JCC in Manhattan

We thank all who joined us for this important screening and discussion with Amira Kohn-Trattner.

We watched The Summer of Aviyah, based on the autobiography of Gila Almagor. The film is set in the young Jewish State shortly after the end of the Shoah. The movie chronicles one summer in the life of a ten year old girl, Aviyah, who is visiting her mother during summer break from boarding school.

Aviyah is desperately trying to reconnect with her and learn about her family's tragic past, only to witness her mother's progressive descent into mental illness.

Following the film, we discussed the survivors after the war - the struggle to regain a semblance of normality in the face of utter destruction, the search for those lost and fantasies of their sudden return that alternate with the longing for closure, the wish to know and yet not to know the past, and the search for continuity when the fabric of meaning and memory is ripped asunder on both an individual and collective basis.

We also thank our co-sponsors: the JCC in Manhattan and The German Consulate General in New York.

About the speaker:

Amira Kohn-Trattner, L.C.S.W., is an Israeli-born psychotherapist/psychoanalyst in private practice in New York. Amira works with individuals and couples and has extensive experience with survivors, 2nd and 3rd generation.

She has been a consultant to the German government in restitution cases as an advocate to survivors and volunteered at international conferences for the US Holocaust Museum and the Shoah Foundation.

Film Screening: America and the Holocaust

January 25, 2007 picture-19It was our first event of 2007, and our first at the JCC in Manhattan. We watched the PBS documentary "American and the Holocaust". The film addresses America's reaction to the plight of European Jewry, from Kristallnacht to the end of the war: American anti-Semitism, economic considerations, the politics of the State Department and White House and the conscious effort to cover up the evidence of genocide. The film also tells the stories of those in America, notably the Bergson Group, who worked to open doors for refugees and stop the Holocaust. German-Jewish refugee Kurt Klein is featured throughout the film. Klein managed to emigrate to the US from Nazi Germany in 1937. He unsuccessfully struggles against the U.S. government's bureaucracy to bring his parents to America.

Afterwards, we discussed whether the film changed the view we had about America's in the Holocaust as one of liberator. We felt it did, but minimally. Some of us had already known about the U.S. military choosing not to bomb the rail lines to the camps, and we debated what went into that decision. Some of us felt that this shameful episode further highlights how the Jews were, on a whole, left to their own fate. We ended up discussing whether some of these same social, political and bureaucratic problems during World War II have repeated themselves in subsequent genocides, with specific references to the Rwandan genocide in '94 and the one going on in Darfur since '04.

Film Screening: Children of Survivors Speak

May 19, 2005 We watched the 2G documentary "Then and Now: Children of Holocaust Survivors Speak".

(Thanks to Shoshana Romer for bringing her father's film.) In the film, 2Gs speak about their family history and the experience of growing up a child of survivors. Many of their experiences were similar, such as feeling different from their peers and their parents' pervasive silence about the Holocaust. Now, as part of a 2G community in Colorado, they have found solace and comfort in connecting with people like themselves.

Afterwards, we discussed:

  • The film and the differences between us and the 2nd generation. We agreed that the generational gap won't seem as large with the arrival of the fourth generation, most of whom will never have known our grandparents.
  • Our sense of community and how we may have more in common with each other than we think, even though we're two generations removed from the Holocaust.
  • How we and our families view intermarriage
  • The role ordinary citizens, particularly Poles, played in helping to carry out the Holocaust. This topic stemmed from an astounding figure cited in the film -- the Jewish survival rate in Poland was 1.5%.

There was interest in seeing the documentary "I'm Still Here", which aired on MTV earlier this month. I'm working on getting the video. If there are other relevant films or tv programs anyone would like to see, just let me know.

I wrote the group's mission statement on the board and received some helpful feedback. I've attached a current draft. Your comments would be most welcome.

We had a nice turnout Thursday -- 16 were there. I want to encourage even more people to come to our fifth meeting, since we'll have a very important guest.