NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE – Event with Director
Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), the social justice teachings of his rabbi Emil Hirsch, and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used the wealth he built as part-owner of Sears and Roebuck to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. By his death in 1932, Rosenwald had funded the building of 5,400 schools across the segregated American South, providing 660,000 black children with access to education. Recipients of his seminal Rosenwald Fund for African American Artists included Gordon Parks Jr., Augusta Savage, Dr. Charles Drew, Katherine Dunham, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Langston Hughes. An important new film from Aviva Kempner (Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg).
Special Guests : Filmmaker Aviva Kempner in conversation with Peter Ascoli, grandson and biographer of Julius Rosenwald
Dir: Aviva Kempner | USA | 2015 | 90m | English
SPONSORS: American Jewish Historical Society New England Archives; Israel Campus Roundtable;International Center for Ethics, Justice & Public Life at Brandeis University
Screening as part of
The National Center for Jewish Film’s
18th Annual Film Festival
April 30-May 15
Event Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Alfond Auditorium
465 Huntington Ave., Boston, Massachusetts, 02115
$10.00 MFA member
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