August 22, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Philipstown Reform Synagogue presents Six Million and One
The Philipstown Reform Synagogue (PRS) is pleased to continue its film presentations with the screening of Six Million and One, a documentary film by the Israeli filmmaker David Fisher, at the Desmond Fish Library on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm. The film, which runs 93 minutes, will be preceded at 12:00 noon by a short Shabbat service led by Rabbi Helaine Ettinger, recently engaged to work with PRS as part time rabbi. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the congregation and public to meet and mingle with Rabbi Ettinger.
In Six Million and One, past, present and future mix in an eloquent and intense portrait of the filmmaker and his siblings, as they retrace the footsteps of their late father – a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria. The discovery of their father’s memoir sparks this remarkable journey, through which the family jokes and quarrels, reminding us that history and memory require active discussion among the later generations. The film, which premiered in 2012 at Lincoln Plaza Cinema in New York and Los Angeles, is an Israel-Germany-Austria co-production and has been widely screened at international film festivals, educational forums and in theaters. As described by Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times, it is “a portrait of the conflicted, yet deeply loving dynamic among the children of a Holocaust survivor….their warmly combative, often darkly humorous debates prove rare, revelatory and intensely absorbing.”
Following the screening, there will be a discussion led by Rabbi Ettinger and refreshments, with special kosher treats from a Washington Heights bakery. This event is free and open to the public, although donations to the synagogue, as well as the Philipstown Food Pantry, are always welcome. The Desmond Fish Library is located in Garrison at the corners of Routes 9D and 403.
PRS was founded in 2002 with the purpose of creating an inclusive venue to investigate the practice of Judaism, both intellectually and spiritually. For more information, the synagogue can be reached by telephone at 845-265-8011, by e-mail at or by visiting www.philipstownreformsynagogue.org.
Philipstown Reform Synagogue
PO Box 94
Cold Spring, NY 10516
Contact: Stephanie Rudolph (845-265-4290)