Spring Newsletter

Happy Passover, Happy Easter, and Happy Spring to all.

As many of you are aware, Passover – the celebration of freedom and the seminal holiday of Jewish continuity – invites us to reflect on the past and present. In that spirit, I would like to share with what I have been working on in the last few months.

Since I last wrote to you, my documentary, “Yiddish: a tale of survival” has been completed, and is now in the process of being launched. So far we have had one private press screening at McGill University. It was reviewed by Janice Arnold of the Canadian Jewish news and I was also intervhttp://www.cjnews.com/arts/doc-looks-challenge-preserving-yiddish-theatreiewed by Pierre Landry of the CBC on International Human Rights Day.

In the next few weeks, I will be sending the DVD’s to those of you who have supported this project on IndieGogo. Without your support it would not have been possible. I am also sending the film to festivals around the world, including US, Australia, Europe, Israel, and Asia.

If you would be interested in organizing a private screening of the film for groups, associations or academic purposes please contact me and I would be glad to work something out.

In other news, AskAbigail Productions has been hired to videotape and post the McGill talks for ISGAP, (Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism). Every month they have guests of international calibre, such as David Matas, Jonathon Speyer, and Shalem Coulibaly.

AskAbigail Productions has continued to support the efforts of CIJR (Canadian Institute for Jewish Research) and I continue to serve on their board.

The other day, as I was chatting with my Iranian emigre taxi driver friend, he said to me, “If I could only see peace in the Middle East in my lifetime, I would die a happy man.”

Insh’Allah, may it be so….

I welcome your feedback and comments and look forward to working towards freedom and peace together with you in the new year.

Abigail Hirsch