Adult Ed Option 1 - Discussion of the film, "Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home"
All Hakafa adults are invited to please join us at the Takiff Center for Adult Study in Community Room 1.
Ethan Bensinger will screen his documentary, “REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home.” The film provides eyewitness testimonies and explores the strength, character, perseverance, and resiliency of a group of Holocaust survivors residing at the Selfhelp Home in Chicago.
This last generation of victims of Nazi persecution, share a history of separation from family, place and of loss, but also of rebirth in America—the same story Ethan’s family shares. His family's experience as refugees first in pre-state Palestine and then in the United States led Ethan to become an immigration lawyer, and for 25 years, Ethan served as the managing director of the Chicago office of a global immigration law firm. Upon his retirement from law, Ethan undertook a project to interview the last remaining survivors and refugees at the Selfhelp Home.
Since its premiere at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in June 2012, REFUGE has been screened widely at film festivals, museums, schools, libraries and synagogues. Internationally, the film has been shown in London, Hong Kong, Zagreb, and throughout Germany. In November 2018, Ethan completed his fourth year of touring German schools with the film. REFUGE has been honored with the top award for excellence at the Beloit Film International Festival, as well as "Best Documentary" and "Best in Fest" awards at the Sycamore Film Festival, and the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award at the Geneva Film Festival. The film has also been broadcast for many years on PBS in commemoration of Yom HaShoah.
Adult Study takes place on Sunday mornings during Religious School. All Hakafa adults are invited to participate.
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