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New Film on West Rogers Park Set to Premiere Sunday, Dec.3 At Anniversary Event of Chicago Jewish Historical Society


The Chicago Jewish Historical Society will mark its 40th anniversary with a preview screening of a new 25-minute documentary about West Rogers Park, the longest-standing Jewish neighborhood in the history of Chicago.  The program will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 in the social hall of Cong. Adas Yeshurun, 3050 W. Touhy Ave.

“Driving West Rogers Park: Chicago’s Once and Future Jewish Neighborhood” recounts the rise, decline and resurgence of Chicago’s far-north-side Jewish community.  Chronicling the new neighborhood’s “golden age” in the ‘50s and ‘60s through fascinating interviews and footage, as well as landmark changes that followed, the video focuses on more recent transformations and some of the community residents -- JCCWRP leaders among them -- who are working to perpetuate West Rogers Park for future Jewish generations. 

“Driving West Rogers Park”  is produced and directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker, my wife and fellow JCCWRP volunteer, Beverly Siegel.   Among her other productions are “Romance of a People:  The First One Hundred Years of Jewish History in Chicago,” and “From Sears to Eternity: The Julius Rosenwald Story,” about the Jewish philanthropist who built Sears into the world’s leading mail-order catalogue.  Both programs ran for years on WTTW11.   Bev’s decision to take on this project as a volunteer is reflective of the commitment of so many of you who also give of your time and talent on behalf of JCCWRP and the community at-large.

I hope that you will join us on December 3 and encourage your friends, relatives and colleagues to attend what promises to be a great program.  The more people know about our work, the more we can achieve!

More information about the program will follow.

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