Gene Wilder starred in a variety of films that, although seemingly lighthearted, offer opportunities for introspection and reflection. This evening, we’ll view and discuss The Producers.
Down and out producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), who was once the toast of Broadway, trades sexual favors with old ladies for cash contributions. Max’s new accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), offhandedly muses that if Max found investors for a new production that turned into a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. The duo begins to put together the worst play possible, titled “Springtime for Hitler“, with a terrible director and a hippie-freak star.
We’ll begin with Havdalah and some singing led by our visiting Cantor, Chazan Hanan Leberman, who will join us through Yom Kippur to enhance our High Holy Day services. After screening our film, Rabbi Dorsch will lead an interactive discussion and we’ll enjoy some nosh and wine.
Immediately following, join us for our Selichot Service, led by Rabbi Dorsch and Chazan Leberman. This will be the first opportunity hear Chazan Hanan Leberman.
The Selichot service is filled with poems and prayers focused on repentance that are recited in the period leading up to the High Holy Days as well as Fast Days. God’s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy are a central theme throughout these prayers.
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