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Melanie Phillips adds context at new documentary, "Body & Soul: State of the Jewish Nation," premiere in L.A.

Director, Gloria Greenfield discusses her new, theatrical documentary about Israel, "Body and Soul: State of the Jewish Nation," which she is screening around N. America and Europe.

Director Gloria Greenfield

The N.Y. Times calls Body and Soul "a concise, skillful recounting of the story of the Jewish people and their connection to the land of Israel." 

In this trailer for "Body & Soul: State of the Jewish Nation," UK Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is among many experts who explain Judean/Palestine history and Zion's role in the faith and culture of the Jewish people.

Melanie Phillips with Adam and Gila Milstein at LA premiere
The film premiered in L.A. on April 23rd, accompanied by remarks from Ms. Greenfield, backer Adam Milstein, and British author, Melanie Phillips. Ms. Phillips praised the film and contextualized the importance of people seeing it to c0unter the Islamist-imperialist movement's delegitimization of Western societies.  She and Ms. Greenfield then addressed audience questions, shown in this JewTube exclusive playlist.
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Sold-out premiere audience listens to Gloria Greenfield

"Body and Soul" is running at the Cinema Village in Manhattan's Soho through April 30th. To learn more about screenings, obtain tickets or DVD's, please visit BodyAndSoulTheMovie.com

"Woman in Gold" attorney addresses Holocaust survivors concerned over revived European anti-Semitism; Israeli diplomat over Iran nuclear threat

The L.A. Museum of the Holocaust ("LAMOTH") program, which drew some 1,100 attendees, began at 2 p.m. and included city leaders, rabbis and others, who offered words of remembrance for the 6 million Jews who perished in the Shoah. 

Diplomats from Europe & Japan attended L.A. ceremony
“I hope we as Jews will stand up to make sure that just as Germany has accepted its role [in the Holocaust] and has spoken out, and other countries have done the same, it is time for us to see that in every national capital, that when we see the mass extermination of peoples we all have a responsibility to make sure that history is written,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, speaking from the stage under a canopy set up for the day’s program. 

Other participants included Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR, who delivered the invocation; Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel; Holocaust survivor Eva Brettler; The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles President Jay Sanderson; LAMOTH executive director Samara Hutman; and L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district the museum is located. Philanthropist Jona Goldrich, who donated funds toward the construction of the museum, was among those in the audience. (Ryan Tork, "Shoah commemoration brings both high and heavy spirits to Pan Pacific" in The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles)

Chronicled in JewTube's video clips: Randy Schoenberg, Pres., LA MOTH; 
Israeli Consul General David Siegel; Cantor Herschel Fox (Temple Valley Beth Shalom) singing the "Jewish Partisan's Hymn"; Rabbi Shaye Berkowitz and son Schneur  Berkowitz, 22, of Hancock Park; Rabbi Sharon Brous of Ikar Congregation. 

Israelis celebrate Mimouna in L.A. with Sephardic superstar, Avihu Medina

Mimouna, the traditional festival celebrated by North African Jews on the last day of Passover, is often overlooked when discussing the Jewish holiday of liberation.  Sephardic songwriter/singer, Avihu Medina performed last Mimouna in Los Angeles and believes he found a little too-much Tel Aviv there- instead of in Tel Aviv.

In this JewTube exclusive video, Mr. Medina and some of the attendees share their views about the occasion.  Watch:

Jewish communities outside of North Africa would also celebrate the end of Passover with similar traditions: the Iraqis customarily went out into nature and took a dip in the Tigris. The Persians also went out into nature. In Egypt, Israel and Turkey, the Jews celebrated the opening of a new year. "- "Ten things you didn't know about Mimouna" by Cafe Gibraltar, +972, April 10, 2015