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GI JEWS

Jewish Americans in World War II

More than 550,000 Jewish Americans served their country in all branches of the military during World War II, including many from right here in western New England. A new documentary tells their story.

The film, GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II, airs Wednesday, April 11 at 10 p.m. on WGBY. Prior to the airdate, however, western New Englanders can gain a sneak peek at the film — and engage with a meaningful discussion — at any of three free advance screenings, two of which will feature the film's producer/director Lisa Ades.

Free Advance Screenings

The following advance screenings are presented in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, and the Mass. Multicultural Film Festival of UMass Amherst.

Wednesday, March 21 in Amherst

Followed by an intellectual discussion, the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival of UMass Amherst presents a free advance screening of GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II in Hampshire County:

Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
UMass, 137 Isenberg School of Management Building
121 Presidents Drive, Amherst

Presenting at the free advance screening will be Catherine Portuges, Professor Emerita at UMass Amherst. In addition, there will be a Q&A period with the film's director and producer Lisa Ades and writer Maia Harris.

Sunday, March 25 in Pittsfield

In partnership with the Berkshire Museum, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, and the Jewish War Veterans Louis Green Post #140, the Pioneer Jewish Film Festival and WGBY present a free advance screening of GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II in Berkshire County:

Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m.
Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema
39 South Street, Pittsfield

Monday, March 26 in Springfield

In partnership with the Springfield Jewish Community Center, the Pioneer Jewish Film Festival and WGBY present a free advance screening of GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II in Hampden County:

Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
Springfield Jewish Community Center
1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield

A Q&A period with the film's director and producer Lisa Ades and writer Maia Harris will be featured at the screening, moderated by James Young, Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst.

About Producer/Director Lisa Ades

Lisa Ades is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films for PBS and cable television for 25 years. Her acclaimed film, Miss America, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before its broadcast on the PBS series American Experience in 2002. Previously, she produced award-winning films with Ric Burns, including the ten-hour series New York (PBS, 1999), The Way West (PBS, 1995), and The Donner Party (PBS, 1992).

About the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival

The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Springfield Jewish Community Center, is now in its 13th year. It showcases more than two weeks of award-winning films from around the world. The 2018 Festival runs March 15–27, 2018, with a diverse lineup of entertaining, engaging, and thought-provoking films that showcase a multifaceted exploration of Jewish identity, community, history, and politics.

About the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires aims to bring together the Berkshire Jewish community to leverage its resources to care for Jews in need here and abroad, assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local Berkshire community.

GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II sponsors