Yiddish: A Tale of Survival on Mountain Lakes PBS

 

I am delighted to share that Yiddish: a tale of survival will be screened On Mountain Lakes PBS, Thursday May 22, at 9pm. Yesterday I was interviewed by Thom Hallock, news anchor and producer for Mountain Lakes Journal. It was a thoughtful interview about the history of Yiddish in Montreal and worldwide since the Holocaust and about the documentary, Yiddish: a tale of survival. The interview segment will be aired this Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 8pm and several times during the weekend.

 

Yiddish: Un histoire de survie

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Avant la Shoah /l’Holocauste, une majorité de Juifs en Europe parlait le yiddish. Apres la decimation des juifs pendant la deuxieme guerre mondiale,   la culture yiddish – la langue, la littérature et le théâtre – a été pratiquement, entièrement détruite. Le sort de la langue yiddish était menacée et nul n’osait croire  que  le yiddish allait revoir le jour. Ce film, crée a Montreal, est un documentaire sur la survie du Yiddish après la Shoa par la route du theatre. Comprenant qu’est-ce que c’est de perdre sa culture, les Quebecois français était des grands amis du theatre Yiddish a Montreal et cela est clairement démontré  dans le film.

Ce documentaire se concentre sur trois générations d’artistes yiddish qui examine l’état du yiddish dans le 21e siècle.

Arrivé au Canada en 1950 avec deux jeunes filles, Dora Wasserman, a réussi à créer une troupe de théâtre yiddish composé d’étudiants et de leurs parents, de nombreux survivants de la Shoah. Son travail a été réalisé par sa fille Bryna Wasserman, qui a récemment présidé le cinquantième anniversaire de la Yiddish Dora Wasserman Troupe en lançant le tout premier Festival international de théâtre yiddish à Montréal.

Milena Kartowski, une étudiante de 23 ans qui a exploré la danse, le jazz et l’opéra à Paris, une  petite-fille de survivants de la Shoah, a récemment découvert la langue yiddish et sa culture d’origine. Elle est «tombée en amour» avec le théâtre yiddish et sa chanson. Milena comprend non seulement l’essence de la culture yiddish, mais aussi l’importance de préserver une culture qu’elle craint être menacée d’extinction.

Voici Milena chantant à Montreal, 2011 à la Festival Internationale de Theatre  Yiddish.

Il y a vingt-cinq ans, Shmuel Atzmon, un survivant de la Shoah, a commencé à faire renaître le théâtre yiddish en Israël. Il a pris les jeunes acteurs de langue hébraïque et leur a enseigné la langue yiddish, sa musique et sa culture. Il est maintenant responsable du yiddish Repertory Theatre à Tel Aviv,  appelé Yiddishspiel.

Abigail Hirsch est née dans une famille juive qui a survécu à la Shoah en Europe. Abigail est arrivé au Québec à l’age de cinq ans, finit l’école à Montréal et parle plusieurs langues, mais pas le yiddish. Elle écrit : « J’ai redécouvert la beauté et la profondeur du yiddish à travers le Festival international de théâtre yiddish qui a eu lieu à Montréal en 2009. J’ai été inspirée et je me suis lancée dans ce documentaire. Partout où je suis allé en Israël, aux États-Unis et au Canada, j’ai partagé ce projet avec des gens de toutes les langues, juifs et non-juifs, qui se sont montrés très intéressés par ce sujet.»
Jeudi, le 22 mai, Le documentaire sera presenter sur le canal PBS Mountain Lake à neuf heure du soir.

Après avoir vu la bande-annonce, vous serez sans doute d’accord avec Abigail, comme c’est important de préserver le francais c’est aussi un projet important de continuer à faire des efforts pour préserver l’héritage yiddish pour le monde.
Merci pour Abigail !
Pour plus d’information ou pour contacter Abigail…
askabigail@me.com

The DVD of Yiddish: a tale of survival is now available from Amazon.com.

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The DVD of Yiddish: a tale of survival is now available from Amazon.com.

This is an easy way to share it with friends and family.

Also for those of you who have already seen the documentary and were inspired by it, written reviews are invited to be posted on the Amazon.com website.

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Posted on Nov 7, 2013

We are planning a DVD launch at L’Escalier, a vegetarian cafe, 552 St. Catherine St. West, second floor. Berri Uquam metro station.

Come to join in the fun (live entertainment) and learn something about Yiddish. Hope to see you there.

Directions:

L’Escalier, Café-Bar

  • Across the street from Berri Uqam Metro (the Sainte-Catherine exit)
  • The entrance to L’Escalier on the second floor is via a stairway between the Giant store windows  Presse Internationale, pictured above.
  • L’escalier –  tiny sign above the Stairway to the second floor is between the giant store windows of  Presse Internationale, pictured here,

 

L'escalier

 

Sais-tu vraiment qui je suis?

 

Qui es tu?

This was a play created and performed by the collaboration of students from autistic and non autistic classes, and from two different schools, the students of Ecole de la Madeleine, La Prairie, and students from Herzliyah High School in Montreal, Quebec. The project was conceived by Helene Masse, teacher of autistic students at l’école de La Magdeleine and made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Éducation of Quebec. The collaboration offered these students an excellent opportunity to discover each others’ talents, and to appreciate students from different cultures, different religions, and to uncover their different forms of self expression.

AskAbigail productions videotaped the project.
School year 2010/2011

Below is a series of video compilations from the Project:


Une création collective mise en scène par Hélène Massé réalisée par des élèves autistes et non-autistes de l’école de La Magdeleine, La Prairie, et l’école Herzliah, Montréal. Une bonne occasion de découvrir les talents de ces adolescents, d’apprécier la richesse de ces projets regroupant des élèves de différentes cultures, de différentes religions et qui ont différentes manières d’être, de s’exprimer, de créer.

Après avoir découvert les réalités de la 2e  guerre mondiale et les génocides africains, des adolescents autistes se sont demandés « Que pouvons-nous faire devant tant d’horreur? »  « Nous pouvons au moins apprendre notre histoire pour ne pas se faire compter des histoires. » a dit Simon C. pendant un cours d’histoire. Puis ils ont fait un diaporama afin d’informer leurs camarades de ce qu’ils avaient découvert.  Ils ont  ensuite présenté  leur diaporama à La Conférence  des Droits de l’Enfant, organisée par  Human Promise au Centre Gelbert, à Montréal. Par la suite , ils ont correspondu avec les élèves de l’école Herzliah et  visité le Musée de l’Holocauste et la Maison Amérindienne. La pièce de théâtre “Qui es-tu?” a finalement est une création collective qui a pour d’éveiller les conscience sur l’importance de connaître l’Histoire et de faire des choix judicieux pour collaborer à un monde meilleur.

 
La pièce de théâtre Julien est un jeune homme sportif, aimable, sensible mais un peu insouciant. Myriam est intelligente, consciente mais manque de délicatesse avec les gens qui l’entourent. Tout au long de la pièce, les deux personnages apprendront à se connaître. Ils découvriront différentes réalités et leurs valeurs en partageant leurs idées et leurs rêves. Plusieurs personnages aussi spéciaux les uns que les autres, comme des extra-terrestres, Sherlok Holmes, Colombo, et différents personnages historiques, fictifs ou réels participent pour faire de cette pièce de théâtre un moment unique, où la magie, l’humour, la sensibilité, la connaissance et l’engagement sont au rendez-vous.

Voici quelques extraits de cette pièce de théâtre dont la durée est de une heure trente.

Sur la vidéo No 4 vous pourrez entendre un extrait du témoignage de M. André Michel, directeur de la Maison Amérindienne et surnommé le peintre des amérindiens et de M. Walter Absil, un survivant de l’Holocauste qui ont tous deux assister au spectacle.

Anti-zionism, Antisemitism in Academia Needs to be Exposed.

This was a letter I addressed to Andrea Collins of San Diego University after reading the following press release: SAN DIEGO (Press Release) StandWithUs-San Diego is calling on the community to join in protest against San Diego State University offering course credit to students to attend a lecture by anti-Israel extremist Richard Falk on April 7. “Richard Falk has built a career on the public advocacy of offensive, extremist, and intellectually irresponsible views,” said Nicole Bernstein, executive director of StandWithUS-San Diego.  “By offering course credit to attend a one-sided lecture, it effectively normalizes anti-Israel discourse into acceptable college ‘teaching material.

Richard Falk

Professor Richard Falk

 

 

Dear Andrea,

I just learned about SDU offering credit for a lecture by Professor Falk. By now I am sure you have educated yourself about the record of this man. I have been aware of Richard Falk’s record for several years. I attended his talk when he was invited to speak at McGill and I wrote about it in a blog: http://www.askabigailproductions.com/who-is-richard-falk

Richard Falk is an academic with excellent credentials, an author, a law professor  and a former official with the UN. However, most people do not realize that anti-semitism was and has ever been a mainstream institutionalized ideology. In 1199, Pope Innocent the Third issued the first Papal Letter on how the church should be dealing with the Jews, thereby  instituting discrimination based on theology. (The Jews were to be treated as inferior and permitted only certain occupations, but not killed. Every effort should be made to convert them, because the second coming is dependent on conversion of all peoples but especially the Jews who attest to the background of Christ.)

I am sure you are aware that European Nazi Anti-semitism is based on a now debunked “scientific” theory of racism, delegating Jews to be an inferior race. This is only to say that ideologies and academia has been deeply involved in racism and promotion of unjust and false theories. Only recently the notebooks of Heidegger were published in which his personal deeply anti-semitic views are exposed.
Prof Robert Wistrich, the pre-eminent scholar of antisemitism puts it best in this brief clip that I recorded several years ago where he states: “We need to recall that in the history of Anti-semitism intellectuals both in pre-modern and post modern societies have played a leading role in formulating, articulating and propagating the ideology of Jew hatred….Intellectuals invented modern Anti-semitism.”

Freedom of speech is indeed enshrined by the academic charter. But does academia have no standards regarding the search for truth and the condemnation of racism.

It now has been effectively proven to anyone who cares to analyze these issues that “anti-zionism” is anti-semitism in sheep’s clothing and that attitudes towards Israel are tinged with unfairness and lies. Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal has expressed it very well in this talk:

A most interesting talk was given recently by Professor Ottolenghi on Jewish anti-semites. And yes Professor Falk is Jewish.

And if you have any question about the deeply anti-semitic attitudes of Hamas and Hezbollah I refer you to this talk by Dr. Matthew Levitt.

By the way it is not only Jews who attest to these issues. But as Jews we do have a responsibility to speak out.
I am a Jew, educated in Canada the US and Israel who was born in Hungary.  I have a six minute about me video on my website which encapsulates the story of my life. www,askabigailproductions.com

I am sure you will not close your eyes to these compelling issues of our day that are being dramatized on our campuses.

Best regards,
Abigail Hirsch

CEO, AskAbigail Productions
www.AskAbigailProductions.com

Is the Parti-Quebecois anti-semitic? Louise Mailloux and her “Kosher Tax” ideas

Louise Mailloux is a local Quebec academic, and author. She is also running in the upcoming Quebec election in the constituency of Gouin on behalf of the Parti Quebecois. She is a strong theoretician and supporter of the Quebec Charter of values. Louise Mailloux has recently made some strange statements about Christianity and Islam:

Mailloux 2 In an April 2012 editorial for L’aut’journal, she mocked the lack of culinary prohibitions in Christianity, claiming that the church missed “a great opportunity to make money….Just as the prayers of a priest turns bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, those of the rabbi turns slaughtered chickens, Nestle Quick and ketchup into thousands of dollars,”. Louise Mailloux has also come under fire for supporting a fringe conspiracy theory holding that Jews use kosher food to fund clandestine political causes. I don’t know Ms. Mailloux personally, but I do feel that her anti-Semitic conspiracy theories need to be forcefully addressed. Ignorance should never be a shield in these matters. I am not in any position to respond to her ideas re Christianity and Islam but I can comment regarding her ideas regarding Kosher food. When Ms. Mailloux speaks about Kosher food and Jews in this inaccurate way, her misinformation needs to be exposed and corrected.

Ms. Mailloux claims that  “kosher food is a form of a Jewish tax on everyone and raises the cost of food in Quebec.” If anyone were to explore this they would find out that the companies who look to have kosher certifications seek to increase sales, and therefore they themselves seek out kosher certification to make the product appeal to a larger market. The kosher certification does not increase the price of the brand name foods but does increase the market for the manufacturer.

Kosher meat however is more expensive. “Kosher” by the way has nothing to do with the Rabbi blessing the food. It has to do with the person who slaughters the animal following the strict rules for kosher slaughter which is designed to cause the least pain to the animal. (And he does not have to be a Rabbi.) Non-kosher meat is much cheaper in price, and is readily available toanyne who does not want to pay the higher price. Kosher meat is only of interest to Jews who are concerned abut this religious practice, and they are willing to pay for this additional service when it comes to meat.

Ms. Mailloux also has been quoted as saying  “… Jews use kosher food to fund clandestine political causes”.  This is a lie, an untruth, and is a classic anti-Semitic trope implying that Jews have intentions to rule the world etc. Ms. Mailloux’s charges caused Quebec Premier, Pauline Marois, to publicly declare that her party is not anti-Semitic. Marois stated, “We have very good relations with the leaders of this community and all the different communities in Quebec”. I actually believe her and do not think she is anti-semitic but I do object to Mailloux’ prejudiced and ignorant statements regarding Jews and kosher food.
Nobody wants to be called an anti-Semite, but very few people fully understand what Antisemitism is. It is lies about Jews that become acceptable truths when no one speaks up to correct the misconception. These ideas were behind the persecution of Jews in Europe and were used to the n’th degree by Nazi Germany. They are still circulated on the internet and shared by Jew hating forces. It is of utmost importance to challenge and debunk these myths, especially when they are espoused as truth by political and academic leaders within the community, who should know better.
I just discovered this letter to the editor on this subject in the Gazette titled
Here is a link to the National Post article about the issue titled: Jewish Group accuses Parti-Quebecois candidate of spreading KKK antisemitic conspiracy theory
Here is another informative article discrediting Mailloux ‘ notions re kosher food.
And here is a letter defending Louise Mailloux titled:

Louise Mailloux is entitled to freedom of speech followed by comments from the public which I reprint below because they enhance the discussion.

  • Gayle Holdaway

    There is a fine line between free speech and inciting hatred and Ms. Mailloux represents the later. Is this really the people that you want in your government. It amazes me that the PQ still stand in front of their sign when making announcements that says “Quebec pour tous”. Really?????? I think Ms. Mailloux has just spoken out loud what many of the racist PQ members wouldn’t dare say, but think. Their whole premises of the “Charter of Values” is to discriminate against those who do not fit into their picture of what their country of Quebec should look like. Sound familiar? They had to throw in the crucifixion on the list of banned religious symbols or it would have looked way too obvious as to their discrimination against other religions. These are people and views that you should be very concerned about.
    • Suzy Kiepprien · Top Commenter

      What hate? Please explain. I’m fed up with brainless and uninformed people who lap up lies and distortions for the only purpose of dividing a society. The PQ has 3 muslims, one Jew and one Black on its team. Can any other party say the same… NO.What she said about Kosher tax imposed on non-Jews was confirmed by Jewish associations in a 2007 TV interview. The reason for this is to bring down the price of Kosher for the practicing Jews. Yes, we are paying for this unwittingly. The same with Halal except it gets worse.I am very troubled by Couillard who was seriously questioned by Canadian surveillance/terrorism agency re his possible/probable ties with groups promoting terrorism. Couillard managed to get elected as PLQ leader, I believe, to stop the investigation.Québec is loads in debt because of this corrupt bribe-loving party.As to the rest of your rant, check out what’s happening in Europe. It has already started coming our way. Sharia Law is now being carried out in certain Canadian Court rulings.

      Six million Jews walked without resistance to their deaths… it seems they haven’t learned their lesson. Read the Qur’an. You are the most vile of creatures, to be killed on sight, an ape and a pig.

      THE ONLY RELIGION I ADMIRE IS ISLAM – Adolf Hitler

      Reply · Like · March 21 at 4:36pm
    • Joseph Aspler · Top Commenter · Montreal, Quebec

      Suzy Kiepprien : Your comments are rubbish.You stated the following “What she said about Kosher tax imposed on non-Jews was confirmed by Jewish associations in a 2007 TV interview.”OK – let’s see your sources. What Jewish associations? What TV network and what TV program? Who was the interviewer? You are precise enough to claim 2007 – let’s see the rest of the date. You talk about a “tax”? What was the amount of that so-called “tax”?Perhaps you should learn actual facts, instead of parrotting Internet rumours. Like how Heinz foods doesn’t even bother counting the costs of Kosher certification. As a corporate giant with more than 30,000 employees, the trivial cost of a handful of inspectors is outweighed by something called “increased market share” for Heinz productsSome people eat Kosher food for reasons other than religion – for example, vegans and vegetarians will eat Kosher food because the Kosher mark is a guarantee that what the label says is accurate.

      Non-Jewish Coca-cola purists will even stock up on Kosher-for-Passover Coke, to the great profit of the Coca-Cola company and its shareholders. I will leave the reason for you to research. Call it a homework assignment for you, since you are desperately in need of more education.

      Reply · Like · Edited · March 21 at 10:07pm
    • Joseph Aspler · Top Commenter · Montreal, Quebec

      Suzy Kiepprien Then you also say, “The PQ has 3 muslims, one Jew and one Black on its team”.Funny that – my outgoing (liberal) MNA is Black.And wow – the PQ has one Jewish candidate. I grew up in the 60s, where we learned all about token representation.So the PQ has a single Jewish candidate? Big deal, when 95% of the Jewish community will vote NO to the separatists, as always.
      Reply · Like · March 21 at 10:17pm
  • Christopher Randle · Top Commenter · My Dawson College

    There is no place for people with views like that in a public office.
    Does it sound like secularism to you? it is not turbans or kippahs we should be worried about, but people like this. Which of course is what the PQ are made up of.
  • Mara Campagnolo · Top Commenter

    Yes she is but, she must also face the consequences of her actions which call for an immediate dismissal. Mme Marois is obviously unfit to command the helm for a good leader would have immediately denounced Mailloux’s deranged and racist rants and given her the boot.
  • Joseph Aspler · Top Commenter · Montreal, Quebec

    Louise Mailloux may be entitled to what Robert O’Brien calls “free speech”. But the price of her “free speech” is the scorn and contempt that she receives when she chooses to repeat lies and slander invented by others.You are allowed to believe that the earth is flat. But a Flat Earther is not allowed to complain that he can’t get a job as a Professor of Astronomy as a major university.And if you are running for a major political party that claims (with all evidence to the contrary) to be “all-inclusive”, then you had better be prepared for the backlash that occurs when your party’s claim to be oh-so-tolerant turns out to be rubbish.
  • Italo Camerino · Top Commenter · University of Life

    Outright lies should never be defended.

Israel Truth Week and pro Israel activists

Israel Truth Week will be having its second conference this Sunday March 23rd, in Toronto. It is free and open to all. The roster of speakers includes Jews and non-Jews. It is heartening to see the lies, which were spread about Israel and the BDS movement last week during “Israel Apartheid Week” being actively confronted.

Just reviewing the roster of speakers I discovered several Israel supporters I had not been aware of: Chloe Valdary, a Black student interviewed about her pro zionist views  in Front Page magazine; Aleysha O’Hare & Dimitri Bazos, students at U of Toronto, Shobie Kapoor, Founder of the Canadian Patriotic Society: ‘A Hindu-Canadian’s Case For Israel’, Mark Vandermaas, Rule Of Law Activist, Founder of Caledonia Victims Project and Israel Truth Week. The organizers also list links to books, posters and booklets available on the web to anyone interested in these issues. I especially appreciated the Israel Truth Videos.

A group of Israeli Arabs have been speaking up about the truth about Israel. and  here you can read about an Irish filmmaker, Nikki Larkin, who went to Israel to report on the plight of the Palestinians and was prompted to change his mind about the Israeli position

Here is a passionate video response to the BDS vote at UCLA:
http://www.frequency.com/video/fighting-bds-at-ucla-via-rabbidovid/152468323/-/5-98573

I spoke about these issues myself at the FreedomTalk grassroots conservative conference on political correctness, because I have been so appalled by the rise of the lies of the Arab/Palestinian beligerance against Israel and antizionist academic left of the Israel/apartheid week and self righteous BDS supporters.

 

 

 

 

Has Anti-semitism Become Politically Correct?

bds bigotry double standards -bigotry “Anti-semitism”, has it become politically correct? Over the weekend I had the opportunity to speak about anti-semitism, BDS, Jews and Israel at the  Freedom Talk Conference in Edmonton.

Here is what I said:

I am a Hungarian born Jew who was born into the post Holocaust world.  I did not grow up with any overt anti-semitism in Montreal. Many of us thought that sharing what had happened in Europe during World War ll, would immunize  well meaning persons everywhere against the scourge of anti-Semitism, indiscriminate attacks against Jews for the sole reason that they were Jews or desendants of Jews. However, reports from all quarters of the world includng Canada report that antisemitism – prejudice and gratuitous assaults against Jews because they are Jews has returned with a vengeance. Here is a link to a report on antisemitic resurgence in Europe from an EU committee that has prepared data on this subject.

Of course, it’s impossible to have a conversation  in the present time about anti-semitism without mentioning Israel, and the Israel/Palestine conflict which has always been also an Arab/Jewish conflict.I would agree that  it is hardly anti-semitic to criticize policies between Israel and the Palestinians, or even to pressure the Israelis. However It becomes anti-semitic, when facts are distorted, problems elsewhere are simply ignored, and Israel alone is singled out to be chastised.

The record of the United Nations vis-a-vis Israel amply demonstrates this disparate and disproportional criticism. About 3/4 of all the resolutions taken up by the general assembly have condemned Israel. in spite of many other and more serious human rights violators such as China, Korea, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and the list goes on and on.

UN Watch was created to monitor this anti-Jewish, anti-Israel bias and below is  a link to the latest example posted by UN Watch.

http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1317489&ct=13398889

Moreover, It was a  UN UNESCO conference  in Durban 2001, on human rights, that singled out Israel and Israel alone for human rights violations, and coined the term “zionism is racism”. This goes along with calling Israel a genocidal entity, picturing Israel as a greedy Jew with a hooked nose in cartoons gobbling up Palestinians as was noted recently in “The Economist”.

You may have also heard about the BDS movement, – Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions – proposed against Israeli by Palestinians and  supported by left wing academics, human rights NGOs like Oxfam,  some churches and now the  European Union which really should know better. The BDS movement proposes that “since Israel Is an “apartheid” state practicing “racist” policies the whole world should boycott Israeli academics, Israeli artists and  Israeli industry. Anyone aware of history could easily expose that Israel does not practice apartheid as it was spelled out in South Africa and that Israel is not and has never been racist.  But how do you defend yourself against these “wifebeating” charges?

Every year in the guise of a “conference” the pro Palestinian factions organize a one week BDS conference on campuses all over the US and Canada, espousing their one sided narratives demonizing Israel as an apartheid state and promoting the BDS (Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel. I have attended  these conferences where those opposing these ideas are booed and hissed. Even when these resolutions fail to pass, as they usually do, the battle itself counts as a success for Israel’s enemies, as the Jewish state assumes a cumulatively negative image in the public mind. The influence-makers of tomorrow on campuses today are likely to graduate with the idea that Israel is a rogue, or at least quasi-rogue, nation. Students must actively seek out objective information if they wish to approach Israel with an open mind.

Recently Oxfam was “appalled” that Scarlett Johannsen who has been one of their ambassadors, became a spokesman  for Soda Stream, a successful Israeli enterprise on the West Bank that actually provides jobs to Palestinians. She chose to resign rather than withdraw from her support of Israel and Soda Stream. You can see here  to what degree Oxfam assumes that their attitudes toward Israel is the only true one  and the one which has beome “politically correct”.

We can also see the extent to which anti-Israel feeling has become politically correct in the responses to Harper’s visit to Israel in Canada in the left wing Canadian media. Many were “shocked and disappointed” by Harper’s support of Israel asking whether his stance was “balanced”. Steven Harper  is the only world leader who has grasped the insidious nature of the Arab hatred of Jews, and how that hatred and demonization is what is actually maintaining a state of war between Israel and the Arab population: a hostility that Israel has been contending with since its inception during the war of 1948 and 1967 and which is a threat which continues to manifest in Irans’ nuclear ambitions,, and the degree to which Al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah, fuelled by Islamic fundamentalists,  refuse to recognize any Jewish connection to the Holy land, threaten Israel’s very existence, and continue to be supported by the left wing human rights mafia.

Fortunately the academic left leaning world is an ivory tower and Israel enjoys amazing support across the board from average Americans and Canadians like yourself who understand her plight and are not taken in by this perfidious and increasingly “politically correct” propaganda machine.

Israel, Jewish organizations, Jews and non-Jews, have taken up the challenge to expose and educate regarding this new anti-semitism. I refer you to several organizations that you can access over the internet that were created to expose the bias of the UN, left wing academia, and the anti-semitism that has infected the dialogue regarding Israel in the Middle East.

CIJR Canadian Institute for Jewish Studies
ISGAP Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy
SPME Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
MEMRI Middle East Media Research Institute

As well as individual journalists, scholars, and observors, who have spoken out, like the Winnipeg  born scholar Catherine Chatterley, the historian Andrew Roberts, The Washington Post journalist, Bret StephensRobert Wistrich, Jonathon Goldhagen, David Nirenberg, and  even some of my own blogs which have focused on exposing these trends.

Footnote:  3/8/2014
Today I discovered on the internet a study by University of Warsaw regarding the current state of antisemitism in Ploand: Anti-semitism, The Indelible Stain. It bears out the notion I discovered in two recent books about anti-semitism that anti-semitism has very little to do with Jews and that it can exist even more virulently in places where there are no Jews: Poland since World War ll is virtually Judenrein or Jew-free.

The two important new books on the subject are: The Devil that Never Dies by Jonathon Goldahagen. And the other new book is Anti-Judaism by David Nirenberg.

The above links are to two excellent reviews of these books which I highly recommend to anyone who wants to understand “why Anti-semitism? and Why the Jews?”.

 

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-devil-that-never-dies-global-antisemitism-by-daniel-jonah-goldhagen/2013/11/07/6057b6fa-14b6-11e3-a100-66fa8fd9a50c_story.html

 

Montreal World Film Festival screens Yiddish: A Tale of Survival

You don’t have to be Jewish to love Yiddish.

After a successful launch of “Yiddish: a tale of survival” at the New York City International Film Festival, the documentary will now be screened at the Montreal World film festival (MFF).

The resilience of Yiddish since the Holocaust which wiped out six million potential Yiddish speakers is revealed by exploring the lives and careers of three Yiddish performers. The first, Shmuel Atzmon, an Israeli actor who at the age of fifty, after a lifetime spent in the Hebrew Theatre in Israel, founded the Yiddishpiel  Repertory Theater in Tel Aviv. The second, Bryna Wasserman, heir to the legacy of her mother, Dora Wasserman who championed Yiddish Theatre in Montreal, has continued her mother’s legacy and shepherded it into the twenty-first century, by commissioning new Yiddish plays, and also initiating the International Yiddish Theatre Festival in Montreal. And lastly, we meet singer and actress Milena Kartowski, who at the young age of 23 has discovered Yiddish and is helping to bring it to a new generation.

The film explores the paths that brought each artist to Yiddish and how it has shaped their lives. In the words of one reviewer, “The film is deeply moving and surprisingly entertaining. Watching it, one hears the sounds of the almost forgotten language of Yiddish from the echoes of Sholem Aleichem to the young people’s YaYa group performance, Raisins and Almonds. We are reminded of the legacy Montreal’s Jewish community and of Yiddish culture worldwide.”

This subject is particularly poignant in Quebec where awareness of the vulnerability of culture and language is so strong.

The film will be screened twice at the Montreal World Film Festival:

Thursday, August 29, 7:30 pm and Sunday, September 1st at 10am in the Quartier Latin Cinema: Salle 15

Tickets can be acquired from the MFWW Website

There will be a Q&A after the screening with Abigail Hirsch, the filmaker and Bryna Wasserman will be in attendance at the Sunday Morning screening.

World Premiere “Yiddish: A tale of survival”

World Premiere of documentary film “Yiddish: A tale of survival”

 

We are excited to announce that “Yiddish: A tale of survival” has been selected for a gala world premiere by the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF).  “Yiddish: A tale of survival” will be showcased at the festival’s Israel Film Day Event gala at 8pm. Press screening at 5:30, party followed by screening at 8pm, followed by Q and A and an after party.

Shot in Israel, Canada and the United States, “Yiddish: A tale of survival” tells the story of Yiddish since the Holocaust via the personal histories and performance clips of Shmuel Atzmon of Tel Aviv, who started Israel’s first Yiddish Repertory theatre; Bryna Wasserman, heir to the Dora wasserman Yiddish theatre legacy and the initiator of first ever International Yiddish Theatre Festival in Montreal, and Milena Kartowsky of Paris, a youthful performer and activist for Yiddish culture.

Yiddish: A tale of survival” documents  the grassroots nurturing and rebirth of Yiddish in the face of severe challenges both in Israel and all over the world. via the personal histories of three amazing individuals:  BrynaWasserman, Shmuel Atzmon and Milena Kartovsky.

Before the second world war, Yiddish was the vernacular of over 11 million Jewish people worldwide. Today, there are fewer than 2 million Yiddish speakers. In addition, post Holocaust, the language of Jewish communities all over the world, including Israel, became Hebrew, in order to foster a new Jewish identity. Few worried about the survival of Yiddish, which had been the language of Jewish people in Europe for centuries, and which carried the history and culture of Jews over the preceding 1000 years.

Yiddish: A tale of survival” documents  the grassroots nurturing and rebirth of Yiddish in the face of severe challenges both in Israel and all over the world and demonstrates how art can be both revolutionary and political.

For information, contact Abigail Hirsch at 917-647-5540 or E-mail: askabigail@me.com