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Michael and Barbara Erlichman Film Series: Rosenwald

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 • 9 Sivan 5778

7:45 PM - 9:45 PM

Rosenwald, is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to establish challenge grants, seeded for the creation of more than 5,500 schools for poor, rural African-American children in southern states at a time when few received any public education. Inspired by Jewish ideals of Tzedakah (charity) and Tikun Olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality In America, Rosenwald gave away $62 million in his lifetime. Included in his list of scholarship recipients are: Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, Julian Bond, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Jacob Lawrence, Loretta Lynch, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey’s ancestor, Amanda Bullock, and many more. This film will shed light on a remarkable man, and his extraordinary story.

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