The documentary Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story will be the featured movie for A Night of Jewish Film, hosted by the Charleston Jewish Experience, on Oct. 24. The feature, narrated by Dustin Hoffman, looks at Jewish major leaguers and their contribution to the sport, as well as how baseball has had an impact on the lives of American Jews since the 1860s. Ira Berkow, a Pulitizer Prize-winning New York Times sportswriter, wrote the film.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a dessert and champagne reception and the first presentation of the Melvin and Judith Solomon Humanitarian Award for the Arts. The award is named for the couple because of their support of Jewish culture and the arts in Charleston.
Charleston Jewish Experience aims to make the event an annual festival. “One of our goals as a congregation is to improve the quality of life for the entire community. We can do this by contributing to enhance the culture and arts of Charleston and try to encourage others to volunteer and participate in community improvements,” says Stanley Baker, president of Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue. “This film night will be the start of a Jewish film festival for our city.”