Film Screening & Discussion of “The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans”
September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
From its founding in New York in 1897, the Forward served as a mentor and secular rabbi to hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants. Not only was the Yiddish language newspaper a socialist advocate for sweatshop workers, it was a literary beacon featuring giants like I.B. Singer as well as translations of world literature. It pioneered special features such as the famous and much loved “A Bintel Brief” (the first “Dear Abby”), and its “Gallery of Missing Husbands.” The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans (1988, 58 Minutes) is a funny, affectionate, and soulful film which traces the origins of rich secular Jewish tradition handed down throughout the generations.