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Documentary Thursdays

August Documentaries

West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands
Season 1

Learn about the remarkable human and natural history of eight beautiful islands found off the coast of California. Known as the Galapagos of North America, the Channel Islands can be seen from the mainland, yet few people know their rich and important history. Now, for the first time, their fascinating story is revealed in this 3-part documentary series.

  • Ep. 2 Settlers
    August 22, 10:30am
  • Ep. 3 Return
    August 29, 10:30am

September Documentaries

In Our Own Hands
September 5, 10:30am

During the final weeks of World War II, His Majesty’s Jewish Brigade – the only all Jewish fighting unit in the war – goes into combat against the hated Nazis and comes away victorious. It is not until after the war that the real story of the Brigade begins. Amidst the chaos of post-war Europe, and under the noses of the occupying Allied armies, the young Jewish soldiers mastermind one clandestine operation after the next, forming secret vengeance squads to assassinate Nazi officers in hiding.

The Forgotten Refugees
September 12, 10:30am

This documentary explores the history, culture, and forced exodus of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities in the second half of the 20th century.

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz
September 19, 10:30am

The fascinating story of Ben Ferencz, one of the most heroic figures of the Holocaust. At age 98, he is the last surviving Nuremberg trial prosecutor and he has continued a life-long crusade in the fight for law, not war.

New York Cantors
September 26, 10:30am

Yaakov Yanky Lemmer, Azi Schwartz, and Netanel Hershtik come together in Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue for this concert of Jewish sacred and secular music. Enjoy shabbat songs, traditional music, and songs with a nod to Broadway.


October Documentaries

Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort
October 3, 10:30am

Kutsher’s Country Club is the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience – and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries – this award-winning documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes.

Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana
October 10, 10:30am

A tiny community in rural Ghana recently discovered that the religion they have been practicing for centuries is Judaism. Filmmaker Gabrielle Zilkha explores their story from isolation to global connection and the challenges and rewards they face along the way.

Beneath the Helmet
October 17, 10:30am

This documentary follows a coming-of-age story that highlights five young Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, these young individuals undergo a demanding journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be.

The Jewish Journey: America
October 24, 10:30am

Narrated by Martha Teichner, the film follows the trajectory of Jewish-American life from the earliest arrivals in the mid- 17th century through the impact of the Nazi regime in World War II, the creation of Israel, and the new challenges of 21st century assimilation. Explore the personal stories of migration to America, whether for economic opportunity or to escape persecution.

Germans and Jews
October 31, 10:30am

Today, Berlin is home to Europe’s fastest-growing Jewish population. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, and embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees, an unimaginable departure from the country’s leadership in 1945. This documentary explores Germany’s transformation as a society, from silence about the Holocaust to facing its history head-on.