TI/TC adult ed. program on Jan. 27

The next Temple Israel/Temple Concord Adult Education program will be presented on Sunday, January 27, at 10 am, at Temple Israel. The program will be a viewing of Manfred Kirchheimer’s documentary “My Coffee with Jewish Friends.” The film director interviews a cross-section of the Jewish community, raising such questions as: How does our Jewish identity impact your life? Is our Jewish identity enhanced because of Israel? Does an increase in antisemitic incidents make us more sensitive to our religion? Did the Holocaust strengthen our Jewish traditions or undermine them? The film has been called a thought-provoking collection of views, opinions and beliefs.
In a review in The New York Times, Ken Jaworowski wrote: “In the film he speaks with more than 20 people and comes away with countless viewpoints, as well as some smiles and bittersweet tales. The most thoughtful discussions are with those who have lost faith in a God, or whose beliefs have altered over time.”
Simon Abrams, in The Village Voice, wrote: “Political head-butting and crabby bon mots energize a series of wide ranging conversations about the nature of secular Judaism in this consistently entertaining documentary.”
Community members are invited to have breakfast with their Jewish friends at Temple Israel. In order to cover a partial cost of the film, the Adult Ed. Committee will be charging $10 for the breakfast. The community is advised to contact Tammy Kunsman in the Temple Israel office at titammy@stny.twcbc.com or call 723-7461 to make a reservation by Wednesday, January 23, so organizers can ensure sufficient food and sufficient seating for the movie.