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Screening of "Rosenwald"

  • Columbia University, 501 Schermerhorn 1190 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies presents


a new documentary by Aviva Kempner

(Partisans of Vilna, The Life & Times of Hank Greenberg)

followed by a special discussion with:

Hasia Diner

on the history & philanthropy of Julius Rosenwald


Rachel Grant Meyer

on maintaining alliances between the Jewish community

and civil rights struggles

Wednesday, November 18

501 Schermerhorn Hall

RSVPs to are appreciated

Synopsis: "Rosenwald" is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears.  Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities in the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Rosenwald also endowed fellowship grants benefitting artists and intellectuals such as James Baldwin, Katherine Dunham, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists, giving away $62 million in his lifetime. (96 min)

Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film,

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