by Seth Clare
In an effort to educate Charlestonians on Israel in a non-religious and politically unbiased context, the Charleston Jewish Federation (CJF) is sponsoring a film series to help keep the public informed about what’s going on in the Middle East. As Charleston Jewish Federation Program Director Sarah Roshfeld explains, the series is supposed to “educate the community about what Israel has to offer the world today, the history of the establishment of Israel, and its legitimacy, as well as how to combat anti-Israel actions and messages.”
Films are being shown each Tuesday at 10 a.m. through December 18th at the Charleston Jewish Community Center. Each movie is roughly an hour long and is free to the public. On Dec. 4, see Israel and the West, which explores the ideological ties between the West and Israel. On Dec. 11, the Center will show Creation of a State, which examines Israel's history beginning with the War of Independence in 1948. And on Dec. 18, viewers can see Speak Up for Israel, a film for advocates on how to effectively communicate about Israel.
This film series is just one facet of a broader Charleston Jewish Federation initiative to foster engagement with Israel in our community. On October 14, they brought Alan Dershowitz, the famed Harvard Law Professor, to speak on the threat of Iran to Israel, and helped raise over $50,000 to help refurbish bomb shelters in Israel. CJF also has events planned for Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day (April 15 and 16, 2013), and will send a delegation to Washington, D.C. for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s policy conference in March.