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Jewish Heritage Programming - September 2013

Sept. 5-15, 2013

In September, PBA 30 celebrates the unique culture and heritage that embodies the spirit of Jewish Community and Tradition. In respect and in celebration of the High Holy Days, PBA 30 will air an extensive schedule of programs and feature shows.

Jerusalem: Center of the World
Thursday, Sept. 5, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.

Ray Suarez presents a concise history of the Holy City and its place in the fabric of the three faiths that call it home. Included are visits to its most holy places.

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Saturday, Sept. 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 8, 8-9:30 p.m.

"The Goldbergs" was the first character-driven domestic sit-com on television, premiering in 1949 and staying on the air until 1956. The force behind the show was Gertrude Berg, the creator, principal writer, and star…quite a feat for a woman at that time.

The show about a Jewish family led by Molly, the big-hearted mother, had first run on radio for 17 years and was very popular. This special takes a look at the program and its ahead-of-her-time creator, and features interviews with Berg, as well as clips from the program.

Fiddler on the Roof
Saturday, Sept. 7, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 8, 11:30a-2:30 p.m.

Topol stars in this Norman Jewison adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical about a poor Ukrainian milkman that is challenged by prejudice towards Jews and by the romantic entanglements of his five daughters.

The Jewish People: A Story of Survival
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

This documentary is the story of the Jewish religion and culture with the central theme being survival and achievement. It chronicles the history of Jewish slavery to the loss of their homeland to exile and near annihilation in the Holocaust, and explores how the Jewish people endured where so many other cultures have vanished over time.

Mel Brooks: American Masters
Sunday, Sept. 8, 9:30-11 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

Mel Brooks has been in show business for over 60 years and has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer.

This film profiles Brooks and his career…from his first public success in the early 1960's with the "2000 Year Old Man" albums he recorded with Carl Reiner to his incredible run of cult classic films, which included "The Producers", "Blazing Saddles", and "Young Frankenstein".

This film marks his first full participation in any biography project, as he is a very private man and has been a virtual recluse since the 2005 death of his wife of 41 years, Anne Bancroft.

Keeping the Kibbutz
Sunday, Sept. 8, 11 p.m.-12 a.m.

This documentary follows the activities in a kibbutz in Kfar Giladi after it had changed from a socialist model to one of capitalism. It examines the challenges faced by this community in transition while also taking a look back to life in a kibbutz prior to the change. It is a story about nostalgia, the effects of communal living, and the hope for what lies ahead.

Our Holocaust Vacation
Thursday, Sept. 12, 7-8 p.m.

This is a documentary that follows the travels of a holocaust survivor and her family as they go back to Central Europe to revisit her childhood haunts, see the locations of her wartime travails, and hear about the acts of love that kept her alive.

They locate where her family was murdered, and then follow her precise wartime route from Auschwitz to camps in Germany and Austria. The various personalities of the family members help make this film more than just a sad remembrance, and it emphasizes that kindness is the counter force to atrocity.

Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial
Thursday, Sept. 12, 8-9 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12, 9-10 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12, 10-11 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15, 3-4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15, 4-5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15, 5-6 p.m.

The Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal was considered the trial of the century as key Nazi figures were brought to justice.

This three-part documentary examines the trials of Hermann Goering, Albert Speer, and Rudolf Hess, using extensive research of archives and unpublished documents to create an account of their personal thoughts from the time of their capture to their sentence and ultimate fate.

The film gives viewers a better understanding of what was involved in the construction of such an important trial.

Secrets of the Dead- "Bugging Hitler's Soldiers"
Thursday, Sept. 12, 11 p.m.-12 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2-3 p.m.

This film tells the story of a bugging operation of unprecedented scale during WWII that resulted in 4,000 German POW's revealing their inner thoughts about the Third Reich, as well as military secrets that helped the Allies win the war.

18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre
Thursday, Sept. 12, 12- 1 a.m.

This program tells the story of Kol Nidre, the sacred prayer in Judaism that begins the celebration of Yom Kippur. The poignant melody and words of Kol Nidre has enthralled generations of both Jews and non-Jews.