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  • Documentary presents untold story of Julius Rosenwald, Jewish pioneer of Black education

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 5, 2015 | 3:49 pm

    “I like to make films about Jewish heroes — especially Jewish heroes who break stereotypes,” documentarian Aviva Kempner said during a recent interview in Los Angeles.  

    Aviva Kempner

    Her 1998 film, “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” profiles the renowned Jewish baseball...

  • New film, ‘Rosenwald,’ tells story of Jewish philanthropist who transformed black lives

    July 20, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Alex Bethea, the son of cotton and tobacco farm workers, was in sixth grade in 1965 when his family moved from Dillon, South Carolina, to the tiny town of Fairmont, North Carolina, where he attended a school called Rosenwald.

    But it wasn’t until this week, 50 years later, that...

  • Hank Greenberg in extra innings

    May 9, 2013 | 11:13 am

    "I think Hank Greenberg was the great American hero," Washington filmmaker Aviva Kempner says. "What he did on Yom Kippur. What he faced. He was our Jackie Robinson."

    Thirteen years after the debut of "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," her documentary about the baseball...

  • What Israel means to me

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Tovah Feldshuh

    "I love, admire, and will eternally raise money for Israel because I am well aware that she takes bullets for me. She is my life insurance."

    Judd Hirsch

    "It's not easy to understand how a nation can reclaim itself after 5,000 years of banishment, occupation, and...