Tuesday, January 24- 4th and final film in the Holocaust Film Series - BIG SONIA- A Florida Premiere, directed by Leah Warshawski & Todd Soliday. US | 90 minutes | 2016
At 4’8”, Sonia Warshawski can barely see over the leopard-skin-patterned steering wheel of her Oldsmobile. But at age 90, Sonia has a personality that towers over her Kansas City community, where she has tirelessly run her late husband’s tailoring business for decades. The shop is the last business left operating in a lonely corner of a dying shopping mall, but for Sonia, it’s the vibrant center of her long, eventful life. Every day she faces the threat of eviction, but Sonia has experience with escaping finality: As one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City, she witnessed the unspeakable horror of her mother disappearing behind the doors of a Nazi gas chamber. Today she still dispenses positive life lessons (known as “Soniaisms”), and speaks to local churches, schools, and prisons about the atrocities she endured as a teenager. Husband-and-wife filmmakers Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski (Sonia’s granddaughter) tell Sonia’s story in this moving and uplifting documentary that interweaves first-person narratives with memories from family and friends.
Directors Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in an extended conversation afterwards.
Opening Remarks by:Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
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Monday, February 13-  Hillel lecture, co-sponsored by CCJS-  A Former Skinhead’s fight against prejudice. Frank Meeink became a SkinHead at 13. By 18 he was roaming the country as a SkinHead leader and Neo-Nazi recruiter, with gangs that would beat people indiscriminately. In Illinois he had his own cable-access TV show, “The Reich”. He was finally arrested and convicted of kidnapping and beating a member of a rival SkinHead gang. While in prison he befriended men he used to think he hated, men of different races. After being released from prison, Meeink tried to rejoin his old SkinHead pals but couldn’t bring himself to hate those whom he now knew to be his friends. Now a noted speaker, author and founder of Harmony Through Hockey, Frank’s life stands for tolerance, diversity and mutual understanding in racial, political and all aspects of society. Frank is truly an inspiration in any time of strife and conflict.6:30 PM At UM Hillel 1100 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables 33146. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 305-284-6882.

Thursday, February 16- Lecture by Prof. Ronnie Perelis Chief Rabbi and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Associate professor of Sephardic Studies Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University. Prof. Ronnie Perelis,Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Associate Professor of Sephardic Studies, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University. Author of Narratives from the Sephardic Atlantic (2016) http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=808329 on The Marrano’s Mask: Indians, Jews and Crypto-Jewish Self-discovery. The lecture will focus on the inquisition and the discovery of the new word, as well as the speaker’s new book that focuses on 3 fascinating figures who wrote about their spiritual adventures within the early modern Atlantic world. Please see: http://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/narratives-from-the-sephardic-atlantic/ 7:30 PM at Temple Moses, 1200 Normandy Drive, Miami Beach. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 305-284-6882.

Monday, February 20-Lecture by Jono David on “The Jews of Africa—A Photographic Journey” tells the story of Jono’s 4-year photographic survey project which took him to 30 countries and territories in 8 trips totaling 60 weeks of travel. This photo project is the largest Jewish Africa photographic survey of its kind. The presentation will include an emphasis on the emerging Black Jewish communities of Africa with a specific focus on communities in Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa. Recently, Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People (in Tel Aviv, Israel) exhibited Jono’s photographic project under the title “The Children of Abraham and Sarah”.. 7:30 PM at the Miller Center 5202 University Drive, Coral Gables, 33146. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 305-284-6882.

Wednesday, March 1 - Dr. Haim Shaked and Dr.Mordechai Kedar The Middle East in Crisis. 7:30 PM At the Miller Center Auditorium 5202 University Drive, Coral Gables, 33146. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 305-284-6882.

Tuesday, March 21 - Dr. Peter Antelyes- Associate Professor of English, Director of Jewish Studies and Director of Teaching Development, Vassar College on “Jews and American Comics”Prof. Antelyes has written on the literature of the West (Adventurous Enterprise: Washington Irving and the Poetics of Western Expansion), Jewish and African­ American singers, Jewish women in vaudeville, Irish-American popular song and Jewish Indians, among other topics.
At 7:30PM Miller Center Auditorium; 5202 University Drive,Merrick 119 UM - Coral Gables Campus. R.S.V.P. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or305-284-6882.

Thursday, March 23 - Prof. Gerhard Weinberg and Prof. Hermann Beck - on “Pope Pius XII in World War II”.