Screening and fundraiser for Rosenwald Schools work in progress held in D.C.

Aviva Kempner with David Stern, (far left) attorney, philanthropist, social activist and great-grandson of Julius Rosenwald

On Sunday, (April 22nd) Karen Lash and Martha Ertman generously hosted a screening in their Northwest Washington D.C. home of the work in progress version of Aviva Kempner’s new film, The Rosenwald Schools.

The screening was followed by a lively discussion among the intimate audience. As it has at other screenings, the film provoked a conversation about philanthropy and early 20th century social progressivism among both those who remember the Rosenwald schools and those who were learning about it for the first time.

Aviva Kempner and Martha Ertman address the audience

Check back to this blog for information on future screenings. If you are able to help to finish this film by hosting your own fundraiser, you will receive credit in the final film. Please contact if you are interested.

Dishing the Dirt on DC





Please join the Humanities Council of Washington, DC for its Humanitini series, where young professionals can come together to discuss the issues of the day that are relevant to themselves and their community, in a relaxed atmosphere.


“Distortions of the district”







Tuesday, February 21st 6pm-8pm

Caverns: Tap and Parlour: 2001 11th Street, NW (At U Street)


Talk to local film experts about the way Washington DC has been portrayed in both feature and documentary film.

Special Guests:

Filmmaker Aviva Kempner

Filmmaker Steven Nero

Lauren from DC Film Girl Blog

Kendra from Our City Film Festival (Yachad)

Jonathan Gunn from DC Film Alliance.

Moderated by Amy Saidman of SpeakeasyDC.