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All of our services and events at CBA, including the High Holidays, are open to the community, no tickets required. We do not have weekly or daily services - the event list here includes all upcoming events at CBA. For details on events, please scroll down. Upcoming dates for events at CBA (or otherwise noted):
May 22, 4:15PM Vintage Jewish Movie, "Divided We Fall" (2000, Czech Republic)
June 17, 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services, Guest Speaker TBD
June 20, 10AM Book Club, As A Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg, Daily Planet Coffee House at 1862 Hertel Avenue
July 22, 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services with special guest speaker Professor Marla Segol, UB Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage.
August 19, 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services, Adam Beiter's Bar Mitzvah
September 16, 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services with special guest speaker Howard Wolf, author and UB Professor Emeritus of English
Please join us on Sunday May 22nd at 4:15PM for Divided We Fall (2000, Czech Republic).
Synopsis from IMDb: In World War II Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple, Josef and Marie Cizek, can only watch while the Jewish family of their employers, the Wieners, are first removed from their own home to a spare room in their house by the Nazis, then deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp. Years later, young David Wiener, the sole surviving member of that family has managed to escape and make it to the Cizeks. Although fully aware of the extreme danger of harbouring a Jew in the Third Reich, the Cizek's can not permit themselves to leave David to certain death and agree to hide him. However, this decision leads to terrible danger of discovery by the Nazis and especially their friend and Nazi collaborator, Horst Prohazka, who is attracted to Marie. With desperate cleverness and luck, the Cizeks struggle to keep the secret, even when Horst begins to suspect. In doing so, they find themselves making unorthodox choices and learning about the true nature of the people around them.
From Marty: I had trouble deciding between an Israeli film or a Holocaust themed film, so like the Buffalo Bills, I just went with what I felt was the strongest pick on the boards. And the choice is "Divided We Fall," a 2000 Academy Award nominated film from the Czech Republic. If it's possible to have a "favorite" Holocaust related film (although what Jewish film isn't related to the Holocaust on some level), for me, this is it. There are no graphic scenes of death camp brutality. Just a very compelling story with great acting, scripting, and cinematography. For an unforgettable film experience, I strongly encourage you to see it.
More information will be forthcoming -- in the meantime, please check out this link to the trailer. If you find the preview intriguing, you wont be disappointed with the full movie.
Films are projected on a 7 foot screen, supported by a full sound system. Popcorn, drinks, cookies, coffee, and good company all provided. The festivities usually continue at a neighboring restaurant for dinner and discussion. As with all CBA programs, the movie matinee is a community event - we hope to see you there! Please email Marty for more information or to subscribe to the CBA Vintage Jewish Movies email list.
Kabbalat Shabbat with Cantor Gelman
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