Jewish Identity Through Film

Screenings and Dialogues
led by Professor Amitai Etzioni

Through the course of seven sessions—and seven seminal films curated by the professor Amitai Etzioni —we will explore a range of perspectives on the legacy of the Shoah, the Eastern European Jewish experience, the Zionist project, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the role of women in Orthodox Jewish society and more.

After each screening, Professor Etzioni will lead an audience dialogue. Each session is pay-what-you-can, and attendees can come to as many or as few as they choose. Light snacks, coffee and tea will be provided between the films screening and discussions that follow.

Amitai Etzioni is a University Professor and Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University. He is the author of My Brother’s Keeper and, most recently, Reclaiming Patriotism.



Sunday, October 6, 3:00 PM – Sarah’s Key

Sunday, October 13, 3:00 PM – Ida

Sunday, October 20, 2:30 PM – Sunshine

Sunday, October 27, 3:00 PM – The Attack

Sunday, November 3, 3:00 PM – In the Land of Pomegranates

Sunday, November 10, 3:00 PM – Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Sunday, November 17, 3:00 PM – Exodus (1st half only)


After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958, Dr. Amitai Etzioni served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for 20 years; part of that time as the Chairman of the department. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1978 before serving as a Senior Advisor to the White House from 1979-1980. In 1980, Dr. Etzioni was named the first University Professor at The George Washington University, where he is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. From 1987-1989, he served as the Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School.

Dr. Etzioni served as the president of the American Sociological Association in 1994-95, and in 1989-90 was the founding president of the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. In 1990, he founded the Communitarian Network, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shoring up the moral, social and political foundations of society. He was the editor of The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, the organization’s quarterly journal, from 1991-2004. In 1991, the press began referring to Dr. Etzioni as the “guru” of the communitarian movement.


To purchase tickets, please visit individual film pages listed above.