Wyomissing, PA — The Jewish Federation of Reading announces the final film of the Reading Jewish Film Series: the Italian and French documentary The Venice Ghetto: 500 Years of Life playing Wednesday, May 16, at 7pm. The Reading Jewish Film Series is co-sponsored by the Rubin Educational Fund of the Jewish Federation of Reading and Fox Theatres. Admission is $5 per film. The film will be shown at FOX EAST, 4350 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading.
The documentary reconstructs the history of the oldest ghetto of Europe. Throughout the film, the ghetto’s atmosphere, places, and history are recreated by interviews to scholars, docu-fiction, and a modern animation. The history of the Venice ghetto offers us an opportunity to reflect on the story of an immigration and a slow integration and an example of the enormous wealth that the exchange of diverse cultures can give us.
Following the screening a discussion will be led by Dr. Daniel Leisawitz, the Director of Italian Studies Program and Associate Professor of Italian at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. Monte Lauro European Gourmet (of Temple) will provide homemade Italian cookies and desserts.
Tickets can be purchased at FOX EAST beginning at 6:30 pm on the day of the screening, and cash and checks are accepted.
The Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks is the planning, coordinating and fundraising arm of the Jewish community. The Federation raises and allocates funds for The Jewish Federations of North America and collective efforts in support of many vital local, national, and international Jewish organizations.
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-based Fox Theatres was founded in 1957 by Richard Fox and continues to be family-owned. Today Fox Theatres operates four theaters: Fox Berkshire and Fox East in Reading, PA, and Sun & Surf Cinemas and Gold Coast in Ocean City, MD.