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SUPER-GREAT CHANUKAH WEEKEND!!

Friday, Dec. 15:

 

5:30 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat, potluck dinner at the JC3; Rabbi Mejía will lead service and Div’rei Torah.

 

Saturday, Dec. 16

 

9:00 am: Shabbat Shacharit service featuring Bat Mitzvah of Luthien Ayon (elder daughter of Dr. Helder Ayón Flores, who will sponsor the festive kiddush).

 

Torah Discussion Class (en español) to be led by Rabbi Mejía after kiddush.

 

Minchah/Maariv.

 

6:45 pm: Havdalah and discussion (Z’man motzei Shabbat 6:41pm)

 

Sunday, Dec. 17

 

3 pm: presentation (in English) “The Hidden Jews of Latin America”;

 

4 pm: Annual Community Chanukah Party, with klezmer band (4:30-5:30), Mitzvah Menorah, dreidel tournament for the kids, latkes, etc. Chanukiot lighting at about 6 pm.

Announcing our 5th Annual “Jewish Xmas” (Nittelnacht) Event

Sunday, Dec. 24th, 6 pm at the JC3

 

“So what do Jews do on Xmas?”, you may ask. At least in NY (back in the Old Country), there is a long-standing custom to go to the movies and eat Chinese food -- probably because they were the only establishments open. (What, you were expecting maybe Chanukah bushes and mistletoe under the chuppah?)

 

Please join us for a wonderful film and scrumptious “kosher-enough” Chinese buffet at the Jewish Cultural and Community Center, Calle de las Moras #47, Col. Allende (corner of Cinco de Mayo).

 

The Movie:

 

 

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016) Thriller/Drama 1h 58m In English and Hebrew, w/Eng. subtitles

Starring Richard Gere who plays the title role in this film from NY-born Israeli writer and director Joseph Cedar. The “spoiler” title tells a lot of what this movie is about but it is indeed much more. Reaching beyond his traditional roles, Mr. Gere, in exemplary fashion, portrays the part of Norman Oppenheimer, a self-styled consultant/businessman who knows someone who knows someone else who knows another who can get you the contacts or deals you are seeking. The film takes us into the inner workings of smart east coast investors to the chambers and offices of the Israeli Knesset, its cabinet and its Prime Minister, and how Norman, by conniving and sheer chutzpah, interacts with them all. For those familiar with Yiddish parlance, he would be commonly referred to as a “macher”, or in English, an influential guy with great connections. The interesting point in the casting is that the actors portraying the Israeli members of the cast are, in fact, Israeli, but the other Jewish roles, including Norman, are played by non-Jewish performers such as Michael Sheen, as Norman’s nephew, and Steve Buscemi, as Norman’s rabbi. Make no mistake, this film is more universal in its appeal than the Semitic nature of its script would imply for it deals with drama, political intrigue, thrills and a story that will keep the viewer interested, on edge and appreciative of a well performed and well written motion picture. As Norman himself might say, “Try it, you’ll like it!”

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/peter-travers-norman-movie-review-w475027 

 

Cost:300 pesos, members      

         350 pesos, non-members

 

Reservations absolutely necessary, by Dec. 23                                              Call 185-9191 or click here.