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Sinai Film Series

The Temple Sinai Film Series begins it 12th year showcasing a spectacular list of films.  Over 53 films have been shown at this popular Sunday evening film series.

Each year the film committee chooses films and documentaries, many shown in Jewish film festivals across the world, that are moderated by one of the Temple Sinai's four clergy or by a speaker familiar with the film and its subject.  The films are shown in our large social hall utilizing our large screen and state of the art sound system.

The goal of the Temple Sinai Film Series is to offer films that promote meaningful thought and debate with a focus on Jewish themes from around the world.  Many of the films address pertinent social issues, bridge the ties between cultural differences, and explore Jewish identity and spirituality.

The Films are shown on Sunday evening (dates below) at 6:30pm and are free of charge. We encourage you to come early for freshly popped popcorn and snacks.  Young adults and teens are encouraged to attend all age appropriate films.

The Sinai Film Series is subsidized by the Susan & Howard Rothman Adult Program Endowment Fund.

Upcoming Films for 2013:

Melting Away
Sunday, April 21
6:30 pm

Moderated by Rabbi Michael Shulman

About Melting Away:
Directed by Doron Eran
Hebrew with English subtitles / 86 minutes
Audience Award at the Boston Jewish Film Festival 2012
Special Award at the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2012

The discovery of women’s clothing in his son’s bedroom is too much for Shlomo. With the silent consent of wife Gallia, Assaf is banished from the family home. Four years later, with no word from Assaf since that fateful night, Gallia hires a private detective to find their son as Shlomo is dying from cancer. The detective finds Anna, the beautiful transgendered singer at a Tel Aviv nightclub. Melting Away is the first Israeli film to deal with transgender. Conceived in reaction to the deadly attack on the Tel Aviv LGBT Youth Centre and shock of parents refusing to visit their injured children at the hospital, Melting Away is a heartfelt and moving drama of family, love, and understanding.


The People vs. Leo Frank
Sunday, May 19
6:30 pm

In observance of the 100th anniversary of the events that lead to the trial and lynching of Leo Frank, Temple Sinai will show the first major documentary to examine this dark chapter in American Jewish history, The People vs. Leo Frank.

After the film, there will be a panel discussion about the film and about this history and legacy of the Leo Frank case.

Panelists include:
Professor Matthew Bernstein, Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at Emory University and author of Screening a Lynching: The Leo Frank Case on Film and Television, as well as local attorneys and Temple Sinai members Dale Schwartz and Bill Robbins.  Rabbi Ron Segal will moderate the panel discussion.

In the pre-dawn hours of April 27, 1913, a night watchman found the body of Mary Phagan, beaten and strangled. Two years later, following his unjustified conviction and then commutation of sentence, the body of Leo Frank, was found hanging from a tree, just yards from the Marietta, Georgia home where the little girl grew up.  The sensational trial occupied the front page of every American newspaper and captivated people around the world. The People vs. Leo Frank offers a glimpse into the racial, religious, and class prejudices at the dawn of the 20th century.