Featuring: Live and Become - A 2005 French Film
Date: Saturday, September 20th
Time: 8:30 p.m.
In 1980, the black Falashas in Ethiopia were recognized as genuine Jews. The Israeli government secretly carried them to Israel. In this film which is fiction but based on historical facts, the day before the transport the son of a Jewish mother dies. In his place and with his name (Shlomo) the Jewish mother takes a 9-year-old Christian boy. Upon leaving, the Christian boy’s mother through her tears exhorts him to “Live and Become.” The High Holy Day themes of new beginnings and overcoming various challenges are seen as we watch what life presents to Shlomo once he enters Israel. He must deal with issues such as ethnic and religious identity, ridicule, and must find his way in a new society. These themes and the need for reflection during the Selichot service preceding Rosh Hashana along with the idea of new beginnings make Live and Become a perfect selection for our Selichot movie.
Popcorn, snacks, and soft drinks, plus Havdalah, and a brief post-movie discussion facilitated by Rabbi Grossman will round out the evening.
~Selichot services follow at 11:00 p.m..~