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Back by popular demand! Acclaimed documentarian Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) turns her lens on the incredible story of Chicago-based Julius Rosenwald, son of an immigrant peddler who rose to head Sears, Roebuck and Co. Inspired by the ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. He partnered with educator Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 schools in African American communities in the segregated South of the early 1900s—benefiting more than 600,000 students—and he built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs brought on by the Great Migration. Rosenwald’s important work is still too little-known.


Tickets: $11 (members), $16 (nonmembers)

“This stirring documentary evokes a vision of American comity from a past that speaks to the present.”
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
“Rosenwald used to be a name to conjure with, but no more, and that is a shame this vivid, engaging documentary attempts to do something about."
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


Live Virtual Q&A with Dorothy Canter, Aviva Kempner, E. Ethlebert Miller

Wednesday, Oct. 6 2021, 7:00

  • Dorothy Canter, PhD, President, Rosenwald Foundation
  • Aviva Kempner, Director, Rosenwald
  • E. Ethlebert Miller, African-American poet, teacher, and literary activist

Tickets: 11 (members), 16 (nonmembers)

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This film is part of the Jewish Film Festival 2021 series.

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