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Film Screening

Sunday Matinee

Sponsored by the Sisterhood of Congregation Shearith Israel

This event next occurs Sunday, February 7, 2:00PM. Click here to view all 7 occurences.
Sunday, November 15, 2:00PM
Sunday, December 20, 11:00AM
Sunday, January 10, 2:00PM
Sunday, February 7, 2:00PM
Sunday, March 14, 2:00PM
Sunday, April 18, 2:00PM
Sunday, May 16, 2:00PM
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More Great Films!

Now Through May

Each of these specially curated films explores how we transmit culture, identity and memory, now and through time.


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Join us for a series of video presentations, which will include a live Q & A with the filmmakers and artist!



Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archives: A Journey of Identity

When: Sunday, November 15, 2020

Time: 2:00pm NY time

           9:00pm Israel time 

Where: on Zoom

Excerpts of the film followed by the Q&A with the filmmakers ASF Vice President Carole Basri, Esq. & Adriana Davis


The Iraqi government, under color of law, stripped the Iraqi Jews of their property. And now, the US and Iraqi governments are planning to return those same archives to a politically unstable Iraq. The evidence of Jewish life in Iraqi will be destroyed forever. 

Included are interviews with David Dangoor and Ezra Zilka.




David Moss’ “Illuminating Souls – A Life in Jewish Art”

When: Sunday, December 20, 2020

Time: 11:00 am New York time

            6:00 pm Israel time

Where: On Zoom

This illustrated presentation will be followed by Q&A with the artist.


David Moss considers himself a “mitzvah beautifier”. He works in diverse media, including calligraphy, illumination, papercuts, sculpture, wood, prints, artist books, architecture, pottery, drama, educational programming and others. He is responsible for the revival of the hand-illustrated ketubah, created The Moss Haggadah, and collaborated on the Tree of Life Shtender. His works are exhibited at or in the permanent collections ofBritish Museum, Harvard’s Widener Library, Israel Museum, Library of Congress, among many others  and is included in many private collections. 




Out of Print

When: January 10, 2021 

Time:  2:00 p.m. NY time

Where: on Zoom

After the video there will be Q&A with the Director Vivienne Roumani-Denn.


Narrated by Meryl Streep, this film explores our extraordinary transformation as we moved from the preeminence of the written wordto the digital age and the profound effect it has had on how we learn and live. 

The documentary is directed by Vivienne Roumani-Denn and features interviews with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, former Authors Guild President Scott Turow, the late Ray Bradbury, and other leaders in tech, publishing, libraries, education, and cognitive science.




Double feature of animated films: I Candy and Miracle on Central Park West

When: Sunday, February 7, 2021 

Time: 2:00 pm, NY time

Where: on Zoom 

This presentation will be followed by Q&A with the award-winning animator, Candy Kugel.


Did you know that one of the top animators of today is our congregant? Her career has spanned over a half century with work in commercial television and feature production, including Sesame Street and MTV. In “Miracle on Central Park West,” a random act of kindness leads to a real New York miracle (don’t miss the shout-out to Shearith Israel!).  In “I, Candy,” she tells her inspiring journey in animation. The film premiered at the Museum of Modern Art and has been featured at festivals and special events around the world.  




Our Hebrews

When: Sunday, March 14, 2021 

Time: 2:00 pm, NY time

           9:00 pm, Israel time

Where: on Zoom 

Written, directed, produced and shot by: Naor Meningher

This documentary will be followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Naor Meningher.


‘Little Jerusalem’ is how the locals refer to the town of Pitigliano in southern Tuscany because of its striking resemblance to Israel’s ancient city. Through the medieval stone walls, the fascinating story of 400 years of harmonic co-existence between Jews and Christians is told for the first time, leading to the heroic acts done by the locals during the time of the Holocaust.




Near Normal Man

When: Sunday, April 18, 2021 

Time: 2:00 pm, NY time

           9:00 pm, Israel time

Where: on Zoom 

This presentation will be followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Charlene Stern.


The first-hand account of Ben Stern, a Polish Jew who survives two ghettos, nine concentration camps, and two death marches. The Nazis identify him as one of the dangerous Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto. He emerges alive, only to face the Nazis again – 30 years later, this time in Skokie, Illinois. Ben decides he will not let them march in his adopted hometown and confronts his rabbi, who tells the survivors to “stay home, close the shades and let them pass.” What did he do then, and is still doing today, at 99 years of age?

Charlene Stern, a successful businesswoman and now an award-winning documentary filmmaker, is committed to sharing her remarkable father’s story with the world, now in more than 13 countries and growing.




The Name My Mother Gave Me

When: Sunday, May 16, 2021 

Time: 2:00 pm, NY time

           9:00 pm, Israel time

Where: on Zoom 

This presentation will be followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Eli Tal-El.


We follow Ethiopian and Russian Israelis who meet at a leadership training program in Israel. Their year of learning culminates in a journey to Ethiopia, where the Ethiopian-born participants return to their native villages and confront their roots. In the highlands of the Ethiopian landscape, they discover the universality of their experiences and their shared commitment to their new home in Israel. How will this journey transform them and us? Written, directed, and shot by Eli Tal-El. 




Advanced Registration is required 

Cost:  $5.00 for each program

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After registration, you will later receive the Zoom link.


For questions, contact Chairperson Vivienne Roumani-Denn:




Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

In 1776, several British soldiers desecrated two of Shearith Israel’s Torah scrolls.

Benjamin N. Cardozo

Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo spoke of the need for the Congregation to maintain its historic traditions and to remain true to the customs and practices of the generations that had come before.