Aviva Kempner will share her work-in-progress documentary exploring the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, the son of German-Jewish immigrants who rose to become one of the wealthiest men in America as well as a beloved humanitarian. He teamed with Richard Sears to build Sears, Roebuck & Co and became president of the company and its chairman. Rosenwald's greatest accomplishment is the establishment of challenge grants, which seeded the creation of more than 5,500 schools for poor, rural African-American children in Southern states at a time when few received any public education. A talk-back with Ms. Kempner will follow.
Documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner investigates non-stereotypical images of Jews in history, focusing on and celebrating the lesser-known stories of Jewish heroes for which she has received numerous awards and critical acclaim. She founded the Washington Jewish Film Festival in 1989 and writes film criticism and feature articles for numerous publications, including The Boston Globe, The Forward, Washington Jewish Week and The Washington Post.
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National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
- 07:00 PM
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