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MANCHESTER — Israel Congregation of Manchester is presenting its annual "Jewish Film Series" once again this summer, but this time, due to the social distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic, the three-film series is being offered this year in a virtual format.

Subtitled "Watch, Listen, Chat," this series includes opportunities to watch three exceptional documentaries, listen to presenters associated with these productions, and ask questions via an online chat.

The screenings and discussion sessions are free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to register in advance at icmvt.org.

The series start next week with "They Ain't Ready for Me" (2020), a timely story about an African American female rabbinical student who's combating gun violence on Chicago's South Side. It explores the complex identity and motivations of an extraordinary activist whose intersecting identities as a black Jew offer her a road map for addressing an urgent American crisis.

This film can be watched during a 72-hour period on July 29, 30 and 31 by registering at www.icmvt.org. Then, listen to and chat with director Brad Rothschild at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3. Links will provided after registration and prior to viewing dates.

"Bagels Over Berlin" (2016) celebrates Jewish veterans of the U.S. Army Air Corps who fought in World War II, with stories told by the men themselves who were among the first in line at recruiting stations after Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. These patriotic Americans sought not only to defend democracy and liberty but also to prove themselves as Jews who faced anti-Semitism at home and abroad. Watch this film at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, introduced by director Alan Feinberg, and then listen to and chat with Feinberg following the screening. A Zoom link will be provided after registration.

"Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent" (2014) is the inspirational story, from pre-World War II Germany to the U.S., of a young rabbi who, guided by the values of Judaism, became a noted civil rights leader and spoke moments before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This film can be watched during a 72-hour period on August 12, 13 and 14 by registering at icmvt.org.

Then, listen to and chat with co-director Rachel Eskin Fisher at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17. Links provided after registration and prior to viewing dates.

Online free-will donations help underwrite the costs of the series and are much appreciated. For more information, call ICM at 802-362-4578 or visit icmvt.org.


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