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Dorot Presents Blockbuster Double-Bill: Special collaboration with Gillian Helfield ‘What I’m Watching’

June 20 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Dorot Presents Blockbuster Double-Bill: Special Collaboration with Gillian Helfield ‘What I’m Watching’

Tuesday, June 20, 10:30 am


Come and see your Film & TV-watching friends in person at Holy Blossom Temple. All participants who attend Gillian’s ‘What I’m Watching’ session either in person or online are welcome to attend along with all Dorot participants.

If you’ve never attended ‘What I’m Watching’ before, give it a try. In addition to a mini-lecture based around cinematic and Jewish themes, you can enjoy the suggestions for film and television viewing, offered by Gillian and members of the group – and can also add your own! Don’t worry if you can’t make it in person, the regular Zoom link will be available. As always, ‘What I’m Watching’ is free.

Want more about film and television viewing? See all ‘What I’m Watching’ events in the HBT Calendar: the sessions are once a month, on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. ‘What I’m Watching ‘ is a program of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre for Adult Jewish Learning.


Register here today!


Blockbuster Program with Gillian Helfield on June 20th:

L’Dor va’Dor: Four Versions of A Star Is Born

How many of you are familiar with the film A Star Is Born? Did you know that over the past eight decades, Hollywood has produced four different adaptations of this each one starring a major iconic actress of her generation?

In this session of ‘What I’m Watching’ we’ll discuss the enduring legacy and appeal of A Star is Born which continues to hold each generation in thrall, beginning with the original, in 1937, starring Janet Gaynor opposite Frederick March, and directed by William A. Wellman, followed by the beloved 1954 version starring Judy Garland opposite James Mason, directed by George Cukor, then the 1976 remake starring Barbra Streisand opposite Kris Kristofferson, and directed by Frank Pierson, and, finally the most recent adaptation in 2018, starring Lady Gaga-opposite Bradley Cooper who also directed.

We’ll examine the consistencies and variations between these versions, each one attuned to the specific context of its era in Hollywood filmmaking, while also exploring the special appeal of the story and characters for Jewish audiences, particularly in their representation of the American dream.

Our program will be followed by a specially catered ‘themed’ lunch by Holy Grounds Café.


Cost for the Dorot portion of the event: $15 members, $18 non-members. Register online or at the door.

The Dorot Program is sponsored by a gift from Elen Steinberg in memory of her father Vladimir Steinberg, z”l

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June 20
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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