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Israel Classic Documentary Film Festival in Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Westfield and Clark

"In Our Own Hands" will play at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield on Jan. 24.

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Israel Support Committee of Central NJ is holding an Israel Classic Documentary Film Festival in January 2016. Each of three movies tells of the plight of European Jews during and immediately after WWII. Screenings will be on Sunday afternoons at a different member synagogue. Two of the documentaries are Academy Award winners. The movies, dates and venues are as follows:

The Long Way Home
The  Academy Award-winning documentary tells of the tens of thousands Holocaust survivors during the post WWII period 1945 to 1948. Most of the world left them to fend for themselves. The survivors searched through war torn Europe for remaining family members. Herded into refugee camps they left and made clandestine attempts to get past the British blockades of Palestine to create a Jewish homeland. Narrated by Morgan FreemanRunning time 120 minutes. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth O’r Beth Torah 111 Valley Road, Clark.

In Our Own Hands
During the final weeks of WWII, the British finally allowed the Jewish Brigade to go into combat against the Nazis. As the only all-Jewish fighting force in the war, their hatred drove them to multiple victories over Nazi units. In the chaos of Europe after the war, the young Jewish soldiers formed secret squads to find and assassinate Nazi officers in hiding. Then they worked  to rescue and move Holocaust survivors to Palestine. In 1948, veterans of the Jewish Brigade helped organize and lead the newly formed Israel defense force in their new country’s War of Independence. Running time 88 minutes. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2:30 p.m., at Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad St., Westfield.

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Into the Arms of Strangers
As the clouds of war were darkening the Jewish Agency worked to rescue the youngest  victims of Nazi terror. Ten-thousand Jewish children were transported from German-held lands to foster homes and hostels in Great Britain. Some built new family ties. Others found ways to liberate their birth parents. All have unforgettable stories to tell. Includes rare archival footage featuring gripping remembrances by the child survivors, rescuers and parents of the Kindertransport. Narrated by Judi Dench. Running time 117 minutes. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, 18 Shalom  Way, Scotch Plains. Co-sponsored by CBI Second and Third Generation Holocaust Survivors.

All movies are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost. For additional information, contact or at 908 531-8228.

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