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This interfaith event will begin with a screening of a documentary on the life of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Jewish theologian and philosopher whose social consciousness led him to participate in the Civil Rights Movement and speak out against the Vietnam War. Considered “one of the truly great people” of his day and a “great prophet” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Heschel articulated to many the notion that they had a responsibility for each other’s liberation and for the plight of all suffering fellow humans around the world. He is also considered one of the most influential voices in the world of religion. His many books, including The Prophets, The Sabbath, and God in Search of Man, are considered religious classics and are widely studied.
The film combines archival photographs and rarely seen footage, as well as interviews with Civil Rights leaders Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Young, Pulitzer-prize winning historian Taylor Branch, public theologian Dr. Cornel West, Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Arnold Eisen, and daughter Dr. Susannah Heschel.
The film screening will be followed by a conversation with the documentary's creator Martin Doblmeier who is the founder and president of Journey Films, a film and television company with a focus on religion, faith and spirituality. He has two Emmy Awards, He is a three-time winner at the US/International Film Festival, four-time winner of the Wilbur Award and an eight-time winner of the prestigious Gabriel Award for best film on a topic of religion in America.
Martin has produced more than 30 award-winning films that have aired mostly on PBS but also on ABC, NBC, the BBC and the History Channel. He has filmed in more than 50 countries and profiled numerous Nobel Prize winners, leading religious figures and heads of state.
On Tuesday, November 3rd, 7 - 8:30 pm, a follow-up discussion of Heschel's essay "No Religion is an Island," will be held in Bnai Keshet's parking lot. Please click here for a link to the article: https://utsnyc.edu/wp-content/uploads/Heschels-No-Religion-is-an-Island.pdf