World War II Vets Are the Focus of Locally Produced Film

By Amy Krakovitz

More than 500,000 Jewish people served in the armed forces in World War II. An estimated 8,000 were killed. The remainder have lived their lives with honor, members of “The Greatest Generation.” But soon these voices will be gone. And yet, a small group of Charlotteans was determined not to let the voices of our local Jewish War Veterans be lost to the ages. They have joined forces to create a documentary that features the stories of our local Jewish World War II veterans.

It began in November of 2013, when Iraq/Afghanistan war veteran Barry Ross was determined to breathe new life into the local Jewish War Veterans’ Post. He sent out notices to local vets to start meeting again and by February 2014 they had their first meeting. “Veterans’ Posts are not supposed to be… Continue reading

At 32, Michal is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. Confident she will find a match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations and buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother and sister look on with trepidation.

During Michal’s month-long search for a spouse, she enlists the help of two different matchmakers, goes on a series of disastrous blind dates and finds an unexpected connection with a charming but utterly unsuitable pop star — all while dismissing pleas by concerned friends and family members that she reconsider her risky plan. As the day of… Continue reading

By Monty Bennett

The pipe organ is typically known as a Christian instrument in modern times, but the predecessor of the modern instrument, the hydraulos, is thought to have been played in liturgical celebrations in the Temple. The hydraulos was a series of flutes on a chest with air compressed by means of water, developed by the Greek-Alexandrian engineer, Ctesibius.  The Talmud mentions a magrefah (rake) that could play 10 notes, and according to the Mishnah (Tam. 3:8), it was audible to “all Jericho.”  Spreading through the Greek and Roman empires it served, in a purely secular role, as an accompaniment to outdoor festivals and other community gatherings. Eventually, the Church adopted the organ as a religious instrument, and the synagogue dismissed it as being a Christian instrument. As the Reform movement grew in strength in mid 1800s Germany, the organ regained a sense of prominence in Reform Jewish liturgy.… Continue reading