18 2017

ROSENWALD | Reading Jewish Film Series 2017

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

FOX EAST 4350 Perkiomen Avenue
Reading, PA 19606

USA | 2015 | Documentary | 95 min | English
 Director: Aviva Kempner

*with the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum

Aviva Kempner’s 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 build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.