Film On Israel’s Founding Father


On Sunday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m., Temple Sinai of Roslyn will host a viewing of the film, It Is No Dream: the Life of Theodore Herzl. The film is being presented by The Sinai Social Club.

Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley and featuring Christoph Waltz as the voice of Theodor Herzl, the film examines how Herzl, a well- known journalist and playwright, an assimilated Budapest-born Jew, horrified by the Dreyfus trial in Paris and the anti-Semitism he saw spreading across Europe, took upon himself the task of attempting to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine against all odds.

Over the span of eight years, Herzl organized and led a worldwide political movement that within 50 years led to the establishment of the state of Israel. The film follows Herzl as he meets with kings, prime ministers, ambassadors, a Sultan, a Pope and government ministers from Constantinople to St. Petersburg, from Paris to Berlin, from Vienna to Vilna in his quest to build a Jewish nation.

There will be a film discussion following the movie and an Israeli dinner will be served. Learn about Jewish history and enjoy an interesting Sunday afternoon together.

Cost of movie and dinner: members $15, non-members $20. Reservations are required. Cost of movie only: members free, non-members $5. Call the temple office to RSVP at 516-621-6800

Temple Sinai of Roslyn is at 425 Roslyn Rd. For more information, contact Ethel Liebeskind at 516-621-6800 or visit the website at


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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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