Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pmLocation:
Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road
Contact: Shelly Rosenstein
Special End-of-Summer Movie and Lunch
BESA: The Promise
Documentary / 2012/ USA / 86 minutes
During World War II, Albanian Muslims provided shelter for thousands of Jewish refugees from Germany, Austria, and Bulgaria. Invoking the ancient moral code of besa (a vow to care for anyone facing danger), many people, including Muslims, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians in Albania sheltered, hid, and protected Jews from the occupying German troops. Besa: The Promise addresses the broad history of the rescues by following two characters affected by the experience: Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian storekeeper, and Norman H. Gershman, a Jewish-American photographer. Toward the end of World War II, Hoxha's family had provided shelter to a Bulgarian Jewish family who left three Hebrew books behind when they fled to Palestine. The film focuses on Hoxha and Gershman's attempt to return these three books to their original Jewish owners, the Aladjem family, now living in Israel. – National Endowment of the Humanities Website
After this moving film, stay and enjoy lunch with other members. Please complete the registration form with your choice of sandwich.
Fee: $12 (includes movie and lunch). Please indicate choice of tuna, Mediterranean (vegetarian) or turkey sandwich on registration form. Contact Shelly for more details.
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, attn.: Shelly Rosenstein, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax.