It may be summer but as far as the Westchester Region of Hadassah is concerned, that’s no excuse for not considering those most important of Jewish issues: humor and food.
Now in its third year, the Hadassah Film Festival is focusing on Jewish comedy and entertainment; previous festivals focused on women and Israel.
Hadassah is co-sponsoring the festival with four Westchester County libraries — Greenburgh, Harrison, Scarsdale and Chappaqua — where the films will be screened.
Three films are on tap this year. There are two documentaries, “When Jews Were Funny,” a history of Jewish comedy from the days of Borscht Belt humor to contemporary comics, and “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy,” which explores the contributions of composers and lyricists such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Sheldon Harnick, among others. The lone feature film is “When Do We Eat?”, a comedy about the Passover seder.
“We do this for community building and outreach,” said Deborah Wiskind, president of the Westchester Region of Hadassah. “We do it to let people know that Hadassah is here and that we’re active, vibrant and living in Westchester.”
“We want to appeal to everyone,” said Wiskind.
The summer schedule is as follows (the films also screen in October and November):
“When Jews Were Funny”: July 17, 2 p.m., Greenburgh Library; Aug. 6, 6:45 p.m. Harrison Library.
“Broadway Musicals; A Jewish Legacy”: July 24, 2 p.m., Greenburgh Library; Aug. 13, 6:45 p.m. Harrison Library.
“When Do We Eat?”: July 31, 2 p.m., Greenburgh Library; Aug. 20, 6:45 p/m. Harrison Library.
For more information, contact Hadassah at (914) 937-3151 or WestchesterRegion@Hadassah.org
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