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Jewish community observes Holocaust Remembrance May 15, Jewish Cinema at art museum May 5-8

Special to The City Sentinel


Two events aimed at building community through broader understanding are sponsored by members of the Jewish community over the next two weekends, including the annual “Yom Hashoah” commemoration next week and, this weekend, several events in the Jewish Film Series.


The Twentieth annual Holocaust Remembrance program is slated for Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m., at Edmond North High School, 215 West Danforth. The event is open to the entire public, with ample free parking at the school site.


Paticipating in the Yom Hashoah observance will be a range of community volunteers, including Nancy Anthony of the Community Foundation, radio personality Carole Arnold, educator Pam Blevins, Morris Blumenthal, OU Professor Barbara Boyd, Steve Donchin, Susan Donchin, Maj. Michael Gonzalez (ret.), educator Janiece Gratch, Dr. Jean Hendrickson, Karen Luke, Patrick B. McGuigan of The City Sentinel, Southern Nazarene University Professor Marty Michelson, Maj. Gen. Stanley Newman, Dr. Michael Pollack, Janet Price, Shelly Pullima, Dr. Michael Robinson, Janice Segell, Evan Traylor and Debra Wolraich.


The event titled “Postcards from the Past” is described by organizers as “a sacred commemoration honoring the victims of the Holocaust as well as those who triumphed over Nazi atrocities.” Ruth and Richard Charnay are artistic directors. Also participating will be the Edmond North orchestra, the Seeworth Academy Chorus (an Oklahoma City charter alternative school), and Sunday school students from throughout the local Jewish community.


This year’s Yom Hashoah committee includes Pamela Anderson, Anita Barlow, Laura Barlow, Sue Emmer, Cheryl Herling-Moore, Dr. Roy Isenberg, Michael Korenblit, Ann Dee Lee, Patty Miller, Dr. Lawrence Rothblum, Dr. Beth Resman-Targopff and Dr. Mark Wolraich.
Melinda Parks is director of Holocaust Education and Community Resources, while Sharon Cohen chairs the committee. Edie Roodman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, is annually a leader in the program. Support comes from the Gold Family Fund and the Jewish Foundation of Oklahoma City. For more information, visit or telephone 848-3132.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Drive, downtown) will host the Jewish Cinema Series 2011 in collaboration with the federation and foundation.


Events kick off with a celebration of the 63rd anniversary of Israel, with “cocktails on the roof” at the art museum, 7 p.m., Thursday, May 5. The showing of the film “Ahead of Time” immediately after cocktails is compliments of the Jewish Federation. That film will be featured again on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m.


“A Film Unfinished” is 60 minutes of propaganda footage shot by Nazi filmmakers in Warsaw in May 1942. The material was discovered at the end of the Second World War. According to organizers of the series, “Later, a missing reel was found that documented the true story of the Jews in the [Warsaw] ghetto.” This film will be presented Friday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m.


“Barney’s Version” is described as “a warm, wise, and witty story of the politically incorrect life and love of Barney Panofsky.” The story is based on Mordecai Richier’s novel nd features a stellar cast, including Dustin Hoffman. The film shows Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m.


Ticket information is available from or by telephoning 236-3100.


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