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Visiting artists share Jewish culture through film

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 28, 2006) -- Hillel at Ohio University and the Division of Student Affairs will bring two notable filmmakers to Athens in October to present their work that explores Jewish-American subjects in the context of the greater culture. 

"From Philadelphia to the Front" by Judy Gelles is the story of six Jewish-American men, now in their 80s, who served in World War II and dealt with anti-Semitism at home and abroad. A screening and artist reception will take place Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Athena Cinema on Court Street. 

"Between Us" by Nancy Schwartzman "explores the intersection of sexual identity, religious culture and feminism," according to the artist. Schwartzman was sexually assaulted while living in Israel then later returned to confront her perpetrator and create this film that examines the cultural issues around sexual violence. A screening and artist's reception will take place Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., also at the Athena.

"What I feel about these kinds of programs is that it they draw people from a wide range of backgrounds," says Rabbi Danielle Leshaw of Hillel, the Jewish community center of southeast Ohio. "What we're trying to do is appeal to students who are trying to learn more about Jewish ideas, traditions, culture and art." Leshaw estimates there are about 800 Jewish students on campus. 

These visiting artists programs are made possible by the Robert and Shirley Max Endowment, which was established through The Ohio University Foundation in 1985 to foster understanding and goodwill among the social, racial and ethnic groups at Ohio University. Funding goes to educational and creative programming that helps develop awareness and a vision of harmony and peace as it relates to Jewish tradition and ideals.

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