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philadelphia | Rosenwald Film

Films by Aviva Kempner screen at National Museum of American Jewish History

Aviva Kempner

The Rosenwald Schools work in progress screened at the National Museum of American Jewish History on May 23rd. Following the screening, Aviva Kempner was on hand to discuss the film, which is currently in production. Two earlier films by Ms. Kempner, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, also screened recently at NMAJH in Philadelphia.

Outside the Christian Street YMCA

While visiting Philadelphia, Aviva also stopped by the site of the Christian Street YMCA, which is tucked away on a mostly residential block just south of Center City. Contrary to a note found on the historical plaque in front of the YMCA, this was not the first black YMCA to have its own building. However, it was one of the earliest black YMCAs to make use of Rosenwald’s challenge grant and it is still operating in the same location today. This historic and diverse neighborhood is also the birthplace of the famous singer—and 1930 Rosenwald Fellow—Marian Anderson.

Aviva with Art Salazar

Film Screenings at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Join the Museum as it presents diverse and engaging programs illustrating the vast and rich history of American Jews, introducing audiences to cutting-edge Jewish thought and culture, and exploring themes that transcend cultural boundaries.

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

(USA, 1999, 95 minutes)

Wednesday, May 9 – 6:30 p.m.

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg 

(USA, 2009, 92 minutes)

Wednesday, May 16 – 6:30 p.m.

The Rosenwald Schools (Work in Progress)

(Excerpt, Approx 20 minutes)

Wednesday, May 23 – 6:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

101 South Independence Mall East  Philadelphia, PA 19106