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DOCtober: The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Join us as we close out our cinema series with two documentaries that examine, commemorate, and celebrate America’s love of the game.

About The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (USA, 1999, 95 minutes)
This critically-acclaimed documentary explores the story of the Detroit Tigers slugger who fought antisemitism and came close to breaking Babe Ruth’s homerun record. He was baseball’s first Jewish star. Tall, handsome, and uncommonly good-natured, Greenberg was a secular Jew from the Bronx who became “the baseball Moses,” an icon for everyone from Walter Matthau to Alan Dershowitz.

Featuring Director Aviva Kempner in conversation with Professor of Religion and advisor to Chasing Dreams, Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert, Temple University (Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball).

DOCtober Series also includes:
Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (October 22)

Individual Film Tickets: $10/$8 Members
DOCtober Series: $18/$14 Members

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Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert is Professor of Religion at Temple University and advisor to Chasing Dreams. Alpert was one of the first women to be ordained as a rabbi in the 1970s. She is the author of several books on twentieth-century American Jewish history and culture, gender and sexuality, and Jewish ethics. As an extension of these interests, she has, over the past several years, developed an expertise on Jews and sports. She is the co-chair of the Religion and Sport Section of the American Academy of Religion and created and taught a course on Jews, America, and Sport for undergraduates at Temple University. She has published several journal articles on Jews and baseball. Alpert was featured as an expert commentator in the film, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (Willow Pond Films, 2010, directed by Peter Miller). Her major work in the field, Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball, was published by Oxford University Press in June 2011. She is currently at work on a case study textbook on Religion and Sport for Columbia University Press.

Documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner investigates non-stereotypical images of Jews in history, focusing on and celebrating the lesser-known stories of Jewish heroes. Her films Partisans of Vilna (1986), The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1999), and Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009) have earned numerous awards and critical acclaim. Her latest documentary, The Rosenwald Schools, will be released in early 2015. Kempner founded the Washington Jewish Film Festival in 1989 and writes film criticism and feature articles for numerous publications, including The Boston Globe, The Forward, Washington Jewish Week, and The Washington Post.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition
Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

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Event type:Exhibitions, Films & Filmmakers