Wiesenthal film premieres tonight
I Have Never Forgotten You, a documentary about the life and career of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, will premiere tonight at the Jerusalem Theater in the presence of Wiesenthal's daughter and the film's Academy Award-winning production team.
The new film, narrated by Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, retraces Wiesenthal's life from his 1908 birth in eastern Europe through his wartime imprisonment in several Nazi concentration camps and his September 2005 death at age 96. The bulk of the film focuses on Wiesenthal's post-war efforts to track down and bring to trial officers and collaborators in the Nazi genocide, including his role in the 1961 capture of Final Solution architect Adolf Eichmann.
The film is the latest documentary released by Moriah Films, the media division of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center. The film was directed by Richard Trank and produced by Wiesenthal Center founder Rabbi Marvin Hier. Trank and Hier's previous collaborations include last year's Ever Again and The Long Way Home, which won the 1998 Academy Award for best documentary. - Nathan Burstein
Israel Museum visits Kiryat Shmona
Art teachers and artists from the Israel Museum's Youth Wing joined together with some 70 high school students from Kiryat Shmona last week to create environmental sculptures in the forest surrounding the northern Israeli city, which was heavily damaged by Katyusha rockets during the recent war between Israel and Hizbullah.
The initiative of the Youth Wing follows a summer in which the Israel Museum welcomed large numbers of visitors from the North looking for quiet and renewal in the museum during the war, according to a museum spokeswoman. The project expresses the Israel Museum's social and cultural commitment to the regions touched by the war, she said.
Kiryat Shmona Mayor Haim Barbivay welcomed the project and encouraged the municipality's staff and the city's educational sector to participate. - Ruth Eglash
Jewish study event at Tel Chai
An ancient ritual is recreated with a modern spin in HaKhel, the day-long Jewish study and renewal event taking place today at Tel Chai College outside Kiryat Shmona.
An annual tradition for the past decade, HaKhel this year presents over 70 workshops, lectures, panels and arts performances dealing with Jewish identity in modern Israel.
Learning sessions led by scholars from an array of academic and spiritual institutions will cover topics including the challenge of multi-culturalism, the role of women in modern Jewish society and the relationship between Judaism and democracy in Israel. - Orit Arfa