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Short Film and Chicago Premiere: Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion | Torah Treasures and Curious Trash

Short Film and Chicago Premiere: Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion | Torah Treasures and Curious Trash

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion 

Audience Award Winner—Washington Jewish Film Festival

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Glimpse Ireland through the eyes of a spirited seven year old, Hannah Cohen. Hannah can’t wait to make her Holy Communion, but there’s a problem — she’s Jewish! With beauty, brevity, and humor, this film explores the universal desire to fit in.

Torah Treasures and Curious Trash 
Will forever change the way you see a trash can—Joshua Moore

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Jo Milgrom is a learned 87-year-old artist who scavenges Jerusalem dumpsters, then combines the junk she finds with worn out ritual objects rescued from synagogues and funeral homes. Armed with a glue gun, she challenges the religious establishment by juxtaposing sacred and mundane, creating Jewish commentary with antique typewriters, computer parts, and broken glass.

Ionit BeharSpertus Institute Curator of Collections Ionit Behar introduced the films and led a post-show discussion. Behar is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois, who regularly writes for print and online publications including ArtSlant and the Chicago Reader.

Visual Midrash
Jo Milgrom calls her work “visual midrash,” referencing the Jewish literary tradition of supplementing the biblical narrative with commentary, often in the form of colorful homilies. Traditional midrash was written from the third to twelfth centuries, but Milgrom believes there’s a need and a place for creative midrash today.

Sunday Cinema Film Series

5 fascinating films about Jewish lives
4 winter afternoons
4 special speakers
4 daring documentaries
3 premieres
1 short, sweet work of fiction 

Chicago Premiere: Finding Babel
January 29 at 2 pm

Chicago Preview: Big Sonia
February 5 at 2 pm

Chicago Premiere: Morgenthau
February 12 at 2 pm

Double Feature | Short Film: Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion | Chicago Premiere: Torah Treasures and Curious Trash
February 19 at 2 pm

What is Sunday Cinema?

Sunday Cinema is a mini Jewish Film Festival that happened over four Sundays in January and February, bringing new Jewish films to Chicago that area audiences wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see.

This year’s theme was Jewish Lives. The films all profile exceptional individuals whose stories reveal the depth and diversity of the Jewish experience. Included are four documentary films — shot in locales from Ukraine to Jerusalem to Kansas — along with one wonderful short film from Ireland.

The films were screened in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Feinberg Theater at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.


Sunday Cinema Lead Sponsor
The Wilkow Family

Executive Producer Level Sponsors
John & Joan Gilchrist, Executive Directors-Investments