Detroit Public TV Presents Jewish Heritage Night Dec. 13

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Michigan is home to about 116,000 Jewish Americans whose history and culture have helped shape the state’s already rich cultural diversity. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will celebrate Jewish Heritage with two prime-time shows starting at 8 p.m. with Andrew Goldberg’s Jewish Journey: America, followed at 9:30 p.m. by Hugs and Knishes: A Celebration of Our Jewish Foods and Traditions. The evening will also feature interviews with community leaders including representatives of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan and DPTV Trustee Hannan Lis.

Jewish Journey: America focuses on the immigrant experience: why Jews left their Old Worlds for America and how they got here. Goldberg covers five centuries, featuring personal stories of Jews leaving Europe as well as the Muslim world.  Local broadcast of this program is made possible by the Bruce H. and Rosalie N. Rosen Foundation and Julie & Marty Wiener.

This special evening continues with Hugs and Knishes: A Celebration of Our Jewish Foods and Traditions at 9:30 p.m. The film will feature historical footage, as well as one of the last interviews with Fyvush Finkel before his recent death. It will also include heartwarming stories combined with mouthwatering moments and a diverse range of Jewish families who celebrate the importance of food as a cultural connection to the past, and as a hope to maintain tradition in the future.

“Jewish Heritage Night is part of DPTV’s December pledge drive to raise funds to continue presenting documentaries of history and culture to more than 2 million viewers a week,” said DPTV’s  Senior VP of Philanthropy Dan Alpert. “Volunteers from the community, including the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, will be spotlighted while answering our pledge phones.”

The following families have established a challenge grant fund that will match every donation made to Detroit Public TV by viewers during Jewish Heritage Night, dollar for dollar, up to $17,000: Eisenberg Family Foundation; Karp Family Foundation; Hannan and Lisa Lis; Eunice & Milton Ring; Steven Weisberg; Wolfe Family Foundation; Lori & Alan Zekelman.

 

 

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