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    Whoever Heard of an Irish Jew? Film Screening of "Shalom Ireland"

    Community Tuesdays

    When: Tuesday, 12/11/2018 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Export event

    Where: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall

    OFJCCDirector Valerie Lapin Ganley will show her film Shalom Ireland, about the history of Irish Jewry, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

    Shalom Ireland is a documentary about Ireland's remarkable, yet little-known Jewish community. This fascinating film chronicles the history of Irish Jewry while celebrating the unique culture created by blending Irish and Jewish traditions. From gun running for the Irish Republican Army during Ireland's War of Independence to smuggling fellow Jews escaping from the Holocaust into Palestine, Shalom Ireland tells the untold story of how Irish Jews participated in the creation and development of both Ireland and Israel. The film profiles several prominent Irish Jews including Robert Briscoe, the first Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin; the renowned Talmudic scholar Rabbi Isaac Herzog, who served as the first Chief Rabbi of Ireland before becoming the first Chief Rabbi of Israel; and Rabbi Herzog's Belfast-born son, Chaim Herzog, who became President of Israel. 

    For more information on the film click here.


    For director Valerie Lapin Ganley, the making of Shalom Ireland was an unexpected journey back to the Irish Jewish roots that she didn't even know she had when she discovered that her great grandparents were the first Jewish couple married in Waterford, Ireland. A filmmaker and activist, Valerie's documentaries explore race, class, labor and immigration with a focus on the challenges and benefits that diversity brings to society. She strives to create entertaining and informative programs that foster greater understanding among people of different cultures, raise consciousness, stimulate dialogue and move people to action.

    Valerie's most recent film, The Long Ride, is about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride that sparked the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers in America and the ongoing effort to fix the broken immigration system.

    Valerie won Emmy® Awards as associate producer for KQED's Price of Prosperity: Squeezed Out and Heart of the Game. She was associate producer for Not In Our Town about residents of Billings, Montana who joined together to fight back against anti-Semitism and white supremacist activity; and Digital Divide, a PBS series that examines whether widespread computer use is creating new opportunities in education and the workplace or deepening social divisions of race and gender and between rich and poor.

    Valerie was research director for Livelyhood, a PBS series about the changing nature of work in America; and researcher on KCET's Dropouts, which won an Emmy Award, and Price of Progress. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Valerie was a legislative assistant working on Capitol Hill on environmental and energy issues.  

    Co-presented by Irish Culture Bay Area. For more information click here. 

    Need a ride?
    The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for seniors with no transportation to all Community Tuesdays lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event.  To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741.

    Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.


    Tuesday, December 11
    1:00–2:30 PM 
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $15 or one punch of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
    No reservations required. Pay at the door.
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]



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