Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A History of Jewish Cinema

The Movies The Moguls Made: The Claire Grossman Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Jewish History Society (NMJHS) will be held

Sunday June 9 ~ 2:30 pm
Congregation Beit Tikvah
2230 Old Pecos Trial ~ Santa Fe

Keynote speaker Marcia Torobin will give a talk on the History of Jewish Cinema.

Marcia Torobin is the founding Director of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival, which has had an audience over 1,200 this year.

Marcia is deeply committed to cultural programming as a means of engaging the broader Jewish community, and she currently serves on the  boards of Jewish Federation New Mexico and Santa Fe Hadassah,  and she is a member of the Albuquerque JCC Arts Culture Education Advisory Committee.

Marcia's talk will trace the course of Jewish cinema in the U.S. during the first half of the twentieth century when the moguls held sway. The moguls, who were mostly Eastern European Jewish immigrants or of the first generation, shaped an industry that is quintessentially American. Their experiences and aspirations are reflected in the movies they made and those they did not and provide insight into the Jewish experience of the period.

Also at the Annual Meeting, NMJHS will honor board members who are stepping down or leaving the board, and welcomes new officers and board members. Naomi Sandweiss will be installed as NMJHS President, along with other new officers. New NMJHS Board members are Harvey Buchalter, Melinda Hess, Dianne Layden, Sharon Niederman, Yehuda Patt, and Stuart Simon.

And the NMJHS will present the Hurst Award to a person who has rendered outstanding service to the Society and to New Mexico Jewish History.

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