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Selichot Havdalah & Movie: Prisoner of Her Past

September 21, 8:00 pm

Exploring the work of writer and critic Howard Reich
Howard Reich has written for the Chicago Tribune since 1978. He is an Emmy Award recipient and was named Chicago Journalist of the Year by the Chicago Journalists Association. He is the author of six books and the writer-producer of three documentary films.

8:00 pm Havdalah & Movie
Prisoner of Her Past – After sixty years, Sonia’s childhood trauma returns as delusion. Her son, Chicago Tribune Jazz critic Howard Reich, pursues her hidden story. Prisoner of Her Past follows Reich as he journeys across the United States and Eastern Europe to uncover why his mother believes that the world is conspiring to kill her. Along the way, he finds a family he never knew he had.

9:30 pm Pre-Selichot Program
Conversation with Howard Reich about his new book: The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel
During the last four years of Wiesel’s life, he and Reich met frequently and spoke often—discussing the subject that linked them: Reich’s father and Wiesel were both liberated from the Buchenwald death camp on April 11, 1945. What started as a Chicago Tribune assignment evolved into a true friendship.
Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale and signing at 9:00 pm.

10:30 pm Changing of the Torah Mantles and Selichot Service


September 21
8:00 pm
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North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035 United States
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