Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


In honor of this humble and generous philanthropist’s birthday, the Ciesla Foundation team is happy to announce that the enriched ROSENWALD DVD package will be completed and released in time for Hanukah and Christmas purchases.

Once we started reading through the transcripts the team concluded that the stories of Rosenwald’s generosity, the schools, and the artists the Fund supported were so rich that we wound up editing them into three hours of extras. These extras will constitute a separate disc to accompany the film’s DVD. We also have commissioned Teaching for Change to write the Study Guide that will be provided in the DVD and online.

In order to accomplish this monumental task we are grateful to our numerous funders. We were very excited to receive funding from two prestigious foundations, Ford Foundation and Righteous Persons Foundation, to create the three hours of extras and study guide.

In order to provide free copies of the enriched ROSENWALD DVD to high schools and colleges we are embarking on a final fundraising drive. We welcome all contributions and suggestions of which individuals, foundations or corporations might give for this purpose. All contributions are tax deductible, please see our donations page, here.

We were very pleased that The National Museum of American Jewish History inducted Julius Rosenwald into its Hall of Fame during its Only in America Gala on June 1st. The exhibit helped draw in a crowd during the July 4th holiday weekend where the museum saw over 3,100 visitors setting a new attendance record! Senator Cory A. Booker made a speech at the gala that can be viewed here.

Finally, the Foundation would like to congratulate its founder and director of Rosenwald, Aviva Kempner, on her recent invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after over three decades of committing herself to film and producing four highly-acclaimed motion pictures that celebrate Jewish lesser known heroes and culture!

Enjoy the end of summer and check the website for venues the film is showing all over the country. Julius Rosenwald’s example of bringing communities together is needed as much now as a hundred years ago.

Thank you for all of your support with the film! Rosenwald and its inspiring message could not have spread this far without all of the generous contributions and word of mouth publicity from our fans.


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