In partnership with: North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
In Berlin in the 1930’s, the civil rights of Jews were systematically stripped away. A young rabbi refused to be silent. His name was Joachim Prinz and he set out to restore the self esteem of the German Jews. Knowing the Nazis were monitoring his every word, and despite repeated arrests, Prinz continued to preach about the value of Judaism. He saved many lives by encouraging Jews to emigrate from Germany.
Expelled from Germany in 1937, Prinz arrived in the United States, the land where democracy had supposedly triumphed over bigotry and hatred. Here, he witnessed racism against African Americans and realized the American ideal was not a reality.
As rabbi of Temple B’nai Abraham in Newark, NJ and later as President of the American Jewish Congress, Prinz became a leader of the civil rights movement. Prinz worked to organize the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, declaring, “bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.” Moments later, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech.
Throughout his career, Prinz spoke out for justice, unconcerned with the popularity of his positions. He identified with the prophets, writing in a 1975 letter, “Remember the Biblical adage, ‘For the sake of Zion, I shall not be silent.”
• 2014, USA
• 50 minutes
Thursday, April 22 | 4:00pm CDT
Join us on Thursday, April 22 at 4 pm for a discussion with the filmmaker, Rachel Eskin Fisher. Your ticket includes the discussion. You will use the same link to watch the film and join the discussion. Questions in advance may be sent to email@example.com
Rachel Fisher earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was the founding director of the Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan, where she developed the Samberg Family History program. She has consulted for several cultural institutions, including Beth Hatefutsoth (The Diaspora Museum) in Tel Aviv.
You will use the same link you receive from Eventive for watching the film and for joining the discussion
How to Watch the Film
Tuesday, April 20 at 7pm CDT – Thursday, April 22 at 7pm CDT
The film will be available to watch beginning at 7:00pm CDT on the day listed above. Once it becomes available, you can access your streaming media via your Eventive account. Once you begin watching the film, you will have 24-hours to complete.