Gonzaga, Shelomo Alfassa and on the bottom Rachamim
Berman HaLevi with David Lopez of Moshav Abravanel
Alfassa, ISFSP Executive Director with guests.
staff, Rachamim Berman HaLevi, Shelomo Alfassa and
November 30, 2004 the ISFSP and Central
Florida Hillel produced an evening of Hanukah Education.
The film Emperors
and Rebels: The True Story of Hanukah was screened
and as a special treat, the film's producer Asaf Golan
traveled from Texas to discuss the film with the guests.
Read the introduction which was
read by the producer, Asaf Golan. Also, on this night
a slideshow of high resolution photos were shown. They
were taken at the ancient city of Modi'in, traditional
home to Judah Maccabee and the Hasmonean family. These
photos had been taken by Shelomo Alfassa, Executive Director
of the ISFSP. These photos included photos of the oldest
"synagogue" ever found in Israel, a Persian
era Jewish structure, (one which is still not open to
the film...this new documentary from Israel was developed
by leading experts on Jewish and Hellenistic history.
The film gave us the historical background that most of
us never learned about Judah Maccabee and the Hasmonean
Revolt. Digital combat re-creation sequences and world
renowned paintings served as the backdrop for understanding
the events that led to the war of freedom which began
in 168 B.C.E. Trustworthy Professors from Cal States Los
Angeles, Hebrew University, University California at Berkeley,
and New York University who specialize in the Hellenistic
period explained what really happened during this tumultuous
period of Jewish history. The guests received factual
details which helped them understand the true origins
of the history of the holiday of Hanukah. Historians which
speak throughout the film include: Stanley M. Burstien,
Erich S. Gruen, Lawrence H. Schiffman and Doron Mendels.
this evening, Rachamim
Berman HaLevi, Director of Jewish Education of the ISFSP
spoke to the audience on sin-at chinam (baseless
hatred) and how the Jewish people have historically went
through periods when sin-at
chinam affected the Jewish world. Sin-at chinam
was not only around during the period when Judah Maccabee
lived, but has crept into our modern world.
terrific night was had by all!!
event was held at University of Central Florida - 4000
Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, FL 32816. Click HERE
for a copy of the original printable PDF of the flyer
or visit the Press
Release page for the original press release.
Golan, producer of Emperors and Rebels, who
came to Florida from Texas for the event.
Berman HaLevi giving a fantastic lecture.